Cycling/hiking trails - there are several trails that most people would never know about. I only found out about them after living in Guelph during the summertime.
1. Trail leaves off east side of Watson Rd between Stone Rd and Arkell Rd. Just look for cars parked on the east side. Nice hike (about 1 hour) beside the river and then up through forest.
2. Guelph Lake conservation trails - go up to Guelph Lake - they'll help you out from there :)
3. Royal Recreation Trails - throughout the city of Guelph - check out the website for trail routes (http://www.city.guelph.on.ca/document.cfm?category=208)
4. Can't remember the name of this one - but if you drive east along Arkell Rd past Watson Rd. you'll find the parking lot on the right side (about 1 km past Watson). It's a nice hour hike through woods and up some hills.
University of Guelph
OK, so its not quite that small.
But you have to understand that after spending 4 years in Tokyo, even Toronto would have felt like a village. But its not the size/population of Guelph that made me think "wow, I'm in a country town," it was the fact that as soon as I got off the Greyhound at the University Centre (UC), the wind carried the scent of manure straight into my nostrils. I later realized that the Dairy Bush was near the UC and that was where the Veterinary College housed their cows, sheeps, pigs, and horses. In addition to the smell (which I never smelled again...or I just got used to it), I saw the Agricultural students: leather jackets, cowboy boots, big buckles on their belt, cowboy hat...WHY DID I NOT TAKE A PICTURE?
But that was just on my first day...after living in Guelph for 4 years, I really grew to love the charming city. The highlight was the Arboretum for me, with 38 species of mammals, 188 species of birds, 39 species of butterflies, 18 reptiles/amphibians and 1,700 types of trees and shrubs. Almost every tree and shrub indigenous to southern Ontario grows here.
Home Sweet Home
Welcome to Guelph! This is where I am living now and where I went to University. Guelph is a typical Ontario city of 100,000. There isn't all that much to do or see that would make you want to come here, but if you are here it is nice and relaxing place to explore and a great city to live in
The city of Guelph was founded by John Galt, as a planned community in 1837. This is only one of 2 cities in Ontario that was intentionally placed and planned in an active way. The city has many of its original pre confederation building in the downtown area and severa historic churches and homes. It is a good place to see 19th century limestone architecture.
The University of Guelph is known world wide for its agriculture and veterinary schools, but it is a full service university. The campus is a nice size and very pretty especially in the fall when the leave change colour. Many people will probably visit Guelph for the university (to attend a conference or visit a collegue), but it isn't the only thing in town, just the biggest thing.