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Guelph

Known for University, River and Cathedral

How do you get to Guelph?

With history, culture, nature and lots of recreational activities, Guelph doesn't lack for exciting things to see and do. Explore old limestone buildings, hike woodland trails, canoe down rivers and visit wineries.

Start your vacation with a tour of some of Guelph’s old buildings. Stop by the twin-towered Church of Our Lady, a neo-gothic structure from the late 19th century. Appreciate the renaissance style of the imposing Old City Hall, another 19th-century building. At McCrae House, learn about the life of John McCrae. The doctor and soldier wrote one of the most famous World War I poems, In Flanders Fields. See more history at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, a former refuge for the poor.

Wherever you are in Guelph, you are never too far away from the great outdoors. Enjoy the gardens, parks and trails around beautiful Guelph Lake and listen to the birds while walking through the Arboretum at the University of Guelph. Hike the Bruce Trail and go canoeing on the Eramosa and Speed Rivers Explore Riverside Park with its trail system that follows the Speed River to Guelph Lake. Camp, fish, hike and ski in Grand River Parks.

If you are in the mood for shopping, Guelph has lots of options, particularly in its malls. Spend hours among the shops, craft and specialty stores, cafés and bistros of Stone Road Mall and Old Quebec Street Mall. Search for antiques at the open-air Aberfoyle Antique Market, and buy locally grown produce at any of the farmers’ markets.

Sample more local produce with a tour of nearby wineries and a visit to the Wellington Brewery, one of the oldest independent microbreweries in Canada.

In addition to Guelph’s many bars and restaurants, the River Run Center is a good option for your evening’s entertainment. Here you can watch a play, musical or concert. There are also occasionally open-air concerts at the downtown Market Square.

Guelph and its cultural, historical and natural attractions are located on the Speed River in Wellington County, about a 1-hour drive from Toronto.

Things to do in Guelph

Trover photo by Deanna Rodri

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Head to historic St. Jacobs on your very own private and customizable tour of this Mennonite river village. Whether you want to shop for traditional wares, sightsee among the old stone buildings, or explore the outdoors, your knowledgeable guide can help you craft the perfect day trip to this quaint and scenic area.

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

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Depart in the morning for a 1+ hour drive out of the city to the town of Elora. Along the way you will get a chance to see the local communities and housing. Upon arrival we will drive through the small town of Elora, heading towards Grand River Valley.

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We’re excited to introduce you to the sport of axe throwing! This thrilling traditional Canadian backyard pastime is now bigger than ever in urban communities. Enjoy a one hour axe throwing session with a dedicated axe throwing coach.