Long known simply as a university town, Guelph is beginning to undergo a renaissance that encompasses virtually every facet of the city’s identity.
Situated where the Speed and Eramosa Rivers meet, Guelph’s geography is defined by the presence of the two waterways. The city’s downtown lies on the river banks, and has in recent years become a thriving cultural centre, with a pedestrian-friendly streetscape that is lined with an array of shopping & dining options. The residential areas immediately surrounding downtown are home to tree-lined streets and historic homes, with a large shopping centre located at the northern edge of the city’s urban development. To the south, the University of Guelph’s main campus sits just across the Speed River from downtown, and includes a 400-acre arboretum as part of its campus. New homes and subdivisions dominate the area to the south of the university, and eventually give way to rolling hills and farmland.
Transportation in Guelph
Guelph Transit provides local bus service throughout the city, with a hub at Guelph Central Station. This major transit node is also served by GO Transit rail and bus services, which offer direct connections to Downtown Toronto and an array of other GTA destinations. Rail service on the Kitchener Line runs seven days a week in both directions, while VIA Rail runs two round trips daily to Union Station. For drivers, Highway 401 is a short distance to the south of the city, and is easily accessible.