About Guelph

Ranked among top 10 places to live in Canada

Guelph (pronounced “gwelf”) is home to a vibrant community of over 120,000 people. The city is located in one of the most attractive and strongest economic regions in the country – 100 kilometers west of Toronto, just east of Kitchener. The City of Guelph is rich in heritage, arts and culture, recreation, architecture, parks and riverside green spaces.

An exciting entertainment landscape were sports, arts, culture and leisure meet. Year round there’s always something to see and do. Our music and dance festivals, local food and heritage initiatives have put us on the international map. The calendar is filled with everything from sporting events to world-class festivals, gallery and museum exhibitions and, food events.

Signature cultural facilities

Premier sports and recreational facilities 

  • Hastings Baseball Stadium
  • Larry Pearson Ball Fields
  • Sleeman Centre
  • University of Guelph sports fields and athletic centre
  • West End Community Recreation Centre
  • Victoria Road Recreation Centre/Victor David Pool

An urban centre with small community atmosphere

Guelph has been named one of the country’s smartest communities, its safest city, and Canada’s volunteer capital. Our city landscape is a blend of old and new, where heritage sites and architectural infrastructure bring character to the modern infill neighbourhoods. We promote an active and balanced lifestyle:

  • 1000 hectares of parks and open spaces
  • 70 kilometres of trails linking our community to the Trans Canada Trail
  • Beautifully situated at the confluence of the Speed and Eramosa Rivers
  • Riverside, John Galt and Royal City parks and trails
  • University of Guelph Arboretum
  • Magnificent tree canopies and green spaces

Experience Guelph’s history hands-on at Guelph Museums
Read about Guelph’s History
Find out what’s to see and do: Guelph Tourism
See what’s on at River Run Centre 
Check out the beautiful Market Square