Feel Good About Where You Live: Guelph
November 25, 2015
Author: Park Property Management
Do you live in Guelph or are you considering making the city your new home?
Park Property Management believes you should feel good about where you live.
We want to help you get to know the city of Guelph, Ontario. Check out the links and information below to find out what the city has to offer you!
Guelph is a tight-knit community made up of several delightful neighbourhoods.
- Brant Avenue
- Grange Hill East
- North Riverside
- Exhibition Park
- Onward Willow
- West Willow Village
- Parkwood Gardens
- The Junction
- Two Rivers
- Hanlon Creek
- Kortright Hills
- University Village
The city of Guelph is well-known for its connection to the environment through its vast network of trails, conservation areas and greenland parks.
Best Natural Feature: Trans Canada Trail
As Canada's longest network of recreational trails at 23,000 km coast to coast, the all-season Trans Canada Trail is a haven for both long-haul and short trail hikers. The 4.3 km Guelph portion of the trail winds through Heritage Park, following a North path along the Speed River, continuing through John Galt, Goldie Mill and Joseph Wolfond Park West.
Guelph's other fantastic greenspaces to explore:
Situated off Highway 7 by Gordon St, Royal City Park is a great place for friends and families to get together in the great outdoors. The park contains a softball diamond and play equipment for fun and games, a shade structure and picnic tables for enjoying food & refreshments and easy/accessible trails for casual walks.
This well-known park area is open year-round and consists of a 3.1km trail that is popular with hikers & runners in the warmer months and in the winter, cross-country skiiers. The park itself offers picnic and camping areas, a soccer field and play equipment, and a seasonal splash pad. Admission fee upon entrance is required, parking available on-site.
Silver Creek Park is sport-oriented space for community members to enjoy. With 2 soccer fields, 4 beach volleyball courts and a natural ice rink, its an ideal location for outdoor pick-up games. For those who just want to enjoy a leisurely time outdoors, there is a trail and picnic area available.
After the Guelph Lake Dam was constructed in 1974, the man-made reservoir off of the Speed River was created. The seasonal Conservation Area is popular in the summer months with beach goers, as it offers swimming, 2 sand beaches and areas for various beach activities. Campers can choose between 104 serviced campsites (electricity and water) and approx. 190 unserviced sites (ie: "roughing it"), in a variety of scenic locations within the park. Day trippers and campers alike can hike or bike the 5km of wooded trails. Visit the Guelph Lake Nature Centre, on-site to learn about environmental concepts and gain an appreciation for the natural world. Daily and weekend admission fees are required.
Going somewhere? Getting around Guelph is easy and convenient.
Guelph Transit provides bus services with over 24 routes that have stops occurring every 20 or 30 minutes, 7 days a week. Mondays to Saturdays run from 5:45 am until 12:15 am. Sunday services runs from 9:40 am until 5:40 pm.
Guelph Central Station is the hub for VIA Rail and GO Train commuters. The GO Train is a limited schedule, with trains running Monday to Friday, taking commuters to and from the GTA, as far as Union Station in Toronto. VIA Rail also uses the Station as the one and only Guelph stop.
The City of Guelph operates numerous parking lots in the downtown area. Most lots offer free parking after 6pm and on Sundays, while others are free parking after 9pm. During April 1 to November 30, the overnight residential on-street parking restriction is removed. After November 30, overnight parking permits are available through this link: Parking Exemptions Registration.
Guelph cares about its community.
Need a doctor stat?! Here's a quick list of emergency and medical centres.
Things will be great when you're Downtown!
Enjoy a day or evening experiencing downtown Guelph! The thriving downtown core has a multitude of things to do and see, including shopping, fine dining, cafes, theatre and more!
The Market Square represents the original downtown Market Square district from the 1800s. The Square is a community gathering spot, meant to be used for events, celebrations, or even simply a meeting place for friends. In the winter, you can skate on the ice rink and enjoy the twinkling lights during the festive holidays.
Shopping for yourself? Or a friend? You will find everything you need, when shopping in Guelph!
This all-season farmers market is a jewel of the city, with local vendors selling outstanding produce, dairy, crafts and specialty food items to the Guelph community. Located in a dedicated market building, the winter months see as many as 60 vendors every Saturday from 7am until noon. In the summer, there are over 120 vendors!
The Old Quebec Street Mall offers a unique shopping experience as the building's architecture is designed to give the feeling of a quaint, outdoor shopping experience in historic Guelph. With a mix of fashion, services, specialty shops and restaurants, it's a must-see stop while visiting the downtown area.
Stone Road Mall is Guelph's only contemporary shopping centre with over 130 stores. It offers many popular chain fashion boutiques, as well as some select services.
Are you experiencing Guelph for the first time? There's never a shortage of things to see or do in the city!
Learn about Guelph's history by visiting the collection of over 30,000 historical artifacts and variety of exhibits and galleries. The museum was started back in the 1960s by the Guelph Historical Society as they began collecting artifacts and creating displays in store fronts. In 2012, the Guelph Civic Museum found a permanent home at 52 Norfolk Street.
Visit the newly restored McCrae House, home to the author of In Flanders Fields, Lt. Col. John McCrae. The house, circa 1858, is designated a place of national significance by the federal government and is considered a National Historic Site of Canada.
The historic mills are an important part of the City of Guelph's history. In it's hey-day, it was a prosperous complex that included a foundry, sawmill, distillery, piggery and tannery.
As part of the Royal Recreational Trail, this beautiful timber bridge was constructed by 400 volunteers over 5 days!
The Guelph Storm are a major junior ice hockey team that have played in the OHL since 1991-1992. Their home arena is the Sleeman Centre.
This well-known mid-summer festival attracts musicians, artists and fans from all over Canada. Held in Guelph Lake Conservation Area, you can experience fantastic music, attend open-air workshops, browse artisan vendors, enjoy international cuisine at the food bazaar, and connect with other attendees in a friendly, positive community atmosphere.
The Guelph Jazz Festival is a celebration of the jazz and improvised music community, featuring Canadian and International artists. It offers a staged concert series, as well as several outdoor, free concerts in the heart of the downtown in mid-September each year.
Catch a movie or two, old-school style at the Mustang Drive-In. Their all-nighter showings are great for those who want to indulge in some movie binge-watching! Open seasonally only.
Do you know...
Guelph was home to the first cable TV system?
MacLean Hunter Television's first broadcast was of Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953!
How many National Historic Sites of Canada exist in Guelph?
Three! The Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, the McCrae House and Old City Hall.
What two colleges are a part of the University of Guelph?
The Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College.
Who two of the most notable residents are?
Actress Neve Campbell and the author of the iconic poem In Flanders Fields, John McCrae.