Destination guide

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

Transport

Transportation options to and around Guelph

Fly into Kitchener, ON (YKF-Region of Waterloo Intl.), the closest airport, located 9.2 mi (14.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Hamilton, ON (YHM-John C. Munro Hamilton Intl.), which is 31 mi (50 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is Guelph Station.

Where to stay around Guelph?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 14 vacation rentals near Guelph. From 2 Cabins to 8 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Guelph for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Guelph?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Guelph. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Guelph, ON (XIA-Guelph Train Station): 86 vacation rentals
  • River Run Centre: 86 vacation rentals
  • Guelph Station: 86 vacation rentals
  • University of Guelph Arboretum: 85 vacation rentals
  • Victoria Park Golf Club East: 83 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Guelph listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Guelph?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2 Cabins in Guelph. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Guelph include:

  • Houses: 8 rentals available
  • Cottages: 2 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Guelph?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4 vacation rentals with pool available in Guelph. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.