Award winning festivals

Visitors come from around the world to experience the festivals and events that Guelph has to offer.

Photo: Chris Tiessen

The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

Since 1992, The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada has been a refuge for donkeys, mules and hinnies who have been neglected or abused, or who can no longer be cared for by their owners. You can interact with the animals Wednesdays and Sundays May through October and the 4 Sundays before Christmas from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

“On this hill would one day rise a church to rival St. Peter's in Rome.” — John Galt

Covered Bridge

One of only two lattice covered bridges in Ontario is located on the Eramosa Trail and serves as a pedestrian and cyclist crossing of the Speed River. In 1992, 400 volunteer members of the Timber Framers Guild erected the bridge, based on designs from the 1800s.

79 kilometres of trails

With numerous urban and off-road trails, Guelph is a haven for recreational cycling enthusiasts of all skill levels. Bring your own bike, or rent one when you get here.


Guelph is home to three breweries and a winery, so come enjoy a local brew or wine at one of our many restaurants and bars.

Old Quebec Street Shoppes

The mall is designed to resemble Quebec Street, one of the first streets named when Guelph was founded, on which the mall was built. Its decor is influenced by the limestone and brick buildings commonly found in downtown Guelph.

Economic security and diversity

Guelph’s diverse economy has helped it achieve consistently low unemployment rates. Manufacturing is the leading employment sector, with approximately 24% of total employment.

Cooling off at Hillside

Guelph’s annual Hillside Festival, established in 1984, attracts up to 5000 visitors per day to Guelph Lake Island.

The Guelph Armoury

Completed in 1908, thousands of troops were accommodated and trained at the Armoury during the First World War.

Strong Community

“The Family” is a life-size bronze sculpture and fountain, located in downtown Guelph, celebrating those that settled in Guelph from other countries.

The Gryphon

Visitors arriving at the main entranceway to the University of Guelph campus will now be greeted by a giant bronzed Gryphon statue unveiled June 2014.

Active Nightlife

Guelph’s bustling downtown is home to many bars and nightclubs that cater to different tastes in music and atmosphere.

A unique history to share

John Galt designed the town to resemble a European city centre, complete with squares, broad main streets and narrow side streets, resulting in a variety of block sizes and shapes.

City Hall

Guelph’s new City Hall is located adjacent to the Old City Hall, a National Historic Site of Canada. Old City Hall now serves as a Provincial Offices Courthouse.

Picturesque crossing

Cyclists and pedestrians can use Guelph’s covered bridge to cross the Speed River. It is also a popular site for photographers.

University of Guelph Arboretum

The Guelph Arboretum attracts 73 500 visitors per year to its 410-acres of plant and wildlife.

The Boathouse

For more than 130 years, the Boathouse has been used as a primary venue for aquatic recreation, including canoeing and kayaking.

Getting Around Guelph

Guelph Transit was established in 1929 after the closure of the Guelph Radial Railway Company streetcar lines, and is now comprised of 70 buses serving 28 transit routes.

Family fun at the park

Riverside Park features an antique carousel, one of fewer than three hundred still operating in North America, as well as a miniature train ride, the Floral Clock, and family picnic areas.

Experience Local Food

If you are someone who likes to experience the local flavours of a destination, look for Taste Real culinary partners at restaurants and events.

The Eramosa River

The Eramosa River enters Guelph from the east, filling many creeks and small rivers before meeting the Speed River south of the downtown area.

Johnston Hall and green

Johnston Hall, named for William Johnston, founder of the Ontario Agricultural College, is the University of Guelph's best-known landmark.

Taste of Spring

When the maple syrup starts flowing at the sugar shack, you know spring is just around the corner!

Welcome to the City of Guelph!

Located in the heart of Wellington County, Guelph offers visitors and residents critically-acclaimed restaurants and accommodations, entertaining and educational activities, and a wide variety of shopping. We hope to see you soon!