DescriptionFounded in 1827 by Scottish novelist John Galt, Guelph was named in honor of the British royal family. It is known for its architecture and picturesque setting at the junction of the Speed and Eramosa rivers. Century-old limestone buildings add to the city's distinction. In colorful contrast is the floral clock in Riverside Park, which incorporates thousands of blossoms. Also in the park are gardens, a carousel, a band shell and recreation trails.
Guelph offers a variety of music festivals ranging from classical to folk and jazz. Concerts and theatrical performances are offered at River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street beside the Speed River; phone (519) 763-3000 or (877) 520-2408. The city is home to the University of Guelph, known for its extensive research and involvement in the fields of agriculture and veterinary medicine.
Visitor InfoGuelph Tourism Information Centre
ShoppingStone Road Mall, 435 Stone Rd., features more than 140 stores, including Sears. Old Quebec Street, downtown at 55 Wyndham Street N., offers distinctive shops and boutiques in a mall topped with a glass roof.
Self-guiding toursGuelph's downtown historic district can be explored on five different walking tours. The Guelph Arts Council offers a $5 booklet that provides details about the sites that can be seen on each tour as well as offers guided tours, which also cost $5, on select Sundays, April through October; phone (519) 836-3280.
Guelph Walkabouts is a series of short walking tours that explore the city's heritage and natural features; the visitor and information center office is the source for literature about the tours.
Things to SeeThe Arboretum