Welcome to Guelph! Known as the “Royal City”, Guelph is ideally located: approximately 100 km west of Toronto, while even closer to Hamilton, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. The City boasts a population of 120,000 and offers the best of both urban and rural living.
Guelph has a vibrant urban culture, with many excellent restaurants, bars, entertainment and shopping options. Guelph is also home to the River Run Centre (a performing arts centre), the Sleeman Centre (a sports and entertainment venue), the Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Little Theatre and John McCrae House (a National Historic Site), to mention but a few of the cultural and entertainment spaces the City has to offer. Guelph also plays host to several festivals throughout the year, most notably the Hillside Festival and the Guelph Jazz Festival.
Educational opportunities abound in the Royal City, as Guelph is the seat of the University of Guelph and within close proximity to the universities of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier.
For those with an interest in the outdoors, there are many wonderful parks, trails and conservation areas both within and near the City. Exhibition Park and Royal City Park are popular, while the Guelph Lake Conservation Area is excellent for camping, boating, hiking, and mountain biking. With many off-road paths and an excellent network of on-road bike lanes, Guelph is a cyclist-friendly city.
Guelph has a comprehensive public transit network (Guelph Transit), VIA Rail service and now both GO bus and GO rail service, making it an easily accessible city, both for commuters and for those who wish to travel locally.
Guelph consistently ranks as one of Canada's "best places to live", and is well known for being a safe, family-friendly community that presents a wide variety of employment possibilities.
The area offers an ideal balance between rural and urban living—a real incentive to make Guelph your next home!