Guelph is a city in Southwestern Ontario, situated along the banks of the Speed River less than an hour's drive west of Toronto. It is nicknamed The Royal City, as its name comes from the imperial House of Guelph that once ruled Great Britain. The city is home to the University of Guelph , one of Canada's premier research universities. Guelph is known for its beautiful limestone architecture, vibrant culture and a variety of festivals. It is also considered one of the most liveable cities in Canada, with a low crime rates, a clean environment and a relatively high standard of living. To contact the City of Guelph Tourism Services division , call +1-800-334-4519.

Get in

By car

From Highway 401:

From Highway 6, Hamilton and Niagara, alternatively continue through the village of Morriston; then, either take Highway 401 West to exit 295, or take Brock Rd. north as above.

Two other surface highways run through Guelph: Highway 7, that links Guelph with Kitchener-Waterloo and Stratford in the west and Brampton and the GTA in the east, and Wellington Street/Eramosa Road (formerly Highway 24), which links Guelph with Brantford and Cambridge in the south and Erin and Caledon in the north.

By train

By bus

From the airport

Get around

While Guelph is starting to experience some urban sprawl, especially in the south of the city, it is still a fairly compact city and traffic is rarely too busy. So, travelling by car is generally a fast option. There is ample parking in the downtown (city-owned lots are on Baker, Macdonell, and Wilson Streets, and there is lots of street parking) that is free on evenings and Sundays and reasonably-priced at other times (the lots charge $1.50 per hour from 8:00AM to 6:00PM MondayFriday, and a flat rate of $2 on Saturday).

Walking or cycling are also reasonable options for destinations within walking or cycling distance.

Guelph Transit operates buses within the city. The hub of the transit network is St. George's Square in Downtown Guelph. Buses on most routes depart from the Square on the hour and 20 and 40 minutes after the hour Monday to Friday from 5:40AM to 6:20PM, and run on a 30 minute service evenings and weekends, departing from the Square at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. Bus fare is $2.75.

Guelph has 2 main cab companies:





With Guelph being situated in the heart of Southwestern Ontario's agricultural country, many of the local restaurants and pubs emphasize cooking with local foods in season. Guelph's vibrant multicultural community is represented by several local eateries, making Guelph an excellent spot to sample ethnic foods.


The vast majority of Guelph's drinking establishments are located in a compact area in the heart of downtown, meaning that it's really easy to switch venues once you get bored.


Guelph offers a wealth of places to stay. From familiar large chain hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts you'll be able to find a comfortable place to hang your hat.

Hotels and Inns

Bed and Breakfasts


Go next

Guelph Lake rents canoes in the summer. There is also canoe and kayak rental at the Speed River, next to the aforementioned Boathouse. The beautiful Elora Gorge is nearby, as is the Rockwood Conservation Area. There are spectacular trails through the city, and a free summer series of concerts downtown.

The world-famous Jazz Festival takes place the first week of September.

Routes through Guelph

Sarnia Kitchener  W  E  Georgetown Toronto
London Cambridge  W  E  Milton Toronto
Owen Sound Fergus  N  S  Waterdown Hamilton
Sarnia Kitchener  W  E  Acton Markham
END Kitchener  W  E  Acton Toronto

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