Founded in 1827 by a Scottish novelist, John Galt. Guelph got it’s name from the surname of one of the British Royal Families. This is why Guelph is referred to as “The Royal City”.
In the vibrant downtown area has many great attractions including: the River Run Centre for the performing arts, Guelph Civic Museum, The Sleeman Centre Sports Complex that is home to the Guelph Storm OHL hockey team, a farmer’s market that is open year round on Saturday mornings, Market Square with an outdoor skating rink in the winter and water feature in the summer and many fabulous shops and restaurants.
There are many wonderful parks throughout the city including the Royal City park set on the Speed River and known for its trails and Riverside Park which hosts an annual Multicultural festival, Canada Day celebrations and Rotary Ribfest.
The University of Guelph is centrally located in the city and widely known for it’s Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural programs. With a multimillion dollar sports complex, the Guelph Gryphons are sponsors to the minor sports teams in the city.
Today more than 130,000 people call Guelph home.