Guelph, ON, Canada

Guelph, ON, Canada

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Welcome to the Royal City

Known as the Royal City, Guelph was named after the ancestral family of George IV. Nowadays it's a modern city that proudly celebrates its cultural, artistic, and culinary heritage. Local restaurants serve traditional foods with a modern twist, and a historical society preserves the stories of fugitive slaves who escaped along the Underground Railroad. It’s home to Canada’s oldest independently owned microbrewery and the keepers of Canada’s second oldest liquor license. Guelph vacation rentals are close to an antique carousel in the park, paddling on the Speed River, and a covered bridge that forms a charming backdrop for photos.

Traditional foods with a twist

Beautifully maintained parks dot the streets and riversides of Guelph, and delight visitors with a flower clock, miniature train, and a Dutch windmill. Local restaurants combine past tradition with modern sensibilities and serve up tantalizing dishes like hay-smoked arctic char, tender venison and nettle burgers, and fried smoked pickles. Try ambling through the older section of Guelph on a historic walking tour and see exquisitely designed churches and the stunning spires and gables of Victorian architecture. Guelph vacation rentals are great places to rest after a day of craft beer-tasting, bouncing at a trampoline park, or dancing to live jazz.

Ghost stories and outdoor movies in Guelph

Just north of Guelph, the Ignatius Jesuit Centre has an enchanting network of trails that meander through the old-growth forest lands, delighting hikers in summer and skiers and snow-shoers in winter. You can jump as high as you want at the Air U Indoor Trampoline Park, or grab a comfy lawn chair and blanket then settle in for Movies in the Square. Guelph vacation rentals are great to return to after a spine-tingling night with the guides of Ghost Walk of Guelph. Join them in the darkened streets of Guelph for grim and gruesome tales from the Royal City's haunted past.

Baseball and hot dogs in Guelph

Guelph has cold, snowy winters and warm, humid summers. Only 45 minutes from Lake Ontario, it’s usually colder in winter and warmer in summer than regions along the shoreline. The summer weather is perfectly suited for canoeing down the glistening Speed River or taking a day trip to Toronto for a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game. You can try a foot-long hot dog at Rocky's then stretch your legs with a walk along the Eramosa River. Guelph vacation rentals are great for warming up in winter after a thrilling day inner-tubing at Chicopee or downhill skiing at Glen Eden.

Riverside beauty in Guelph

Criss-crossed by Speed River and Eramosa River, Guelph is located east of Kitchener, northwest of Hamilton, and is just over an hour from downtown Toronto. Although it has sumptuous natural beauty of its own, Guelph is only a short 1.5 hour drive from the thundering, magnificent Niagara Falls. The white-capped waters of Lake Ontario are a short drive away, and the Guelph Lake Conservation Area is northeast of the city. Closer to home, the Arboretum at the University of Guelph is home to warblers, thrushes, and sparrows in spring, and chipmunks, monarch butterflies, and frogs in fall.