- City Guide - Guelph
Guelph is a vibrant community of over 120,000 people, and is ranked one of the top ten places to live in Canada. Guelph is located in one of the strongest economic regions in the country – only 100 kilometres west of Toronto, just east of Kitchener-Waterloo.
Before colonization, the area was considered by the surrounding communities to be a "neutral" zone. On selected dates members from these communities would meet and trade goods by Speed River. Guelph was later selected as the headquarters of the Canada Company by its Canadian superintendent John Galt. 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 - which are still in place today.
Guelph is rich in culture, architecture, parks and riverside green spaces. Guelph has also named one of the country's smartest communities, its safest city, along with Canada's volunteer capital.
Guelph offers a prefect balance of city bustle and rural serenity. Enjoy one of our numerous golf courses, marvel at the beautiful artwork at art galleries, or check out a country trail on foot or bike. Some of the most notable events in Guelph are; The Festival of Trees, Guelph Jazz Festival, the Sunlight Music Festival, and Fair November.
Whether you are visiting family, friends, on vacation or are looking to become a permanent resident – Guelph has something for everyone!