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  • A board showing Native Trees of Ontario
    A board showing Native Trees of Ontario
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    A view of the Japanese garden
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  • Reaching destination on a warm late spring day
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    River Run Centre

    by MissAntarctica2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The River Run Centre is a brand new theatre and event centre. It is a great place to see performing arts of all kinds, from theatre, to comedy, dance and mustic, to literary readings snf public speakers. The programming is always new and interesting. If you plan on going to Guelph, I highly recommend that you visit their website and order yourself some tickets to see a show at the River Run Centre.

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    Church of Our Lady

    by kris-t Updated Jan 16, 2010

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    Arhitect Joseph Connolly
    year built 1876-88

    Situated on a hill overlooking downtown Guelph, this church is the most visible and recognizable symbol of Guelph arhitetural heritage. Although not a cafedral, it has many elements of traditional European cathedrals. Some of theexterior stone carving are thought to be the work of well-known Guelph artisan Matthew Bell.

    This church illustrates the Gothic Revival style in its rose windows, the twin towered facade and polygonal apse.

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    In a Heartbeat

    by kris-t Written Jan 16, 2010

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    "In a Heartbeat Art Gallery is set within the cedars, water and stone betwixt the river and the mill stream in Eden Mills, Ontario. In a Heartbeat transports visitors to a timeless place. Through its fantastical natural setting and transformed c1860 stone home, the unique and hand-picked art works manifest a life all of their own."

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    Stroll through the Donald Forster Sculpture Park

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Jun 8, 2009

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    Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
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    The Donald Forster Sculpture Park is located adjacent to the building of Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (see picture) and is open year round, dawn to dusk. We visited the Donald Forster Sculpture Park on a warm late spring Saturday when there was a concert going on (see picture # 2).

    We counted all of the recorded 34 permanent sculptures (see pictures 3-5)) by Kim Adams, Beth Alber, Walter Bachinski, Mary Anne Barkhouse & Michael Belmore, Catherine Burgess, Jane Buyers, Tom Dean, Susan Detwiler, Andreas Drenters, Kosso Eloul, Fastwürms, Ted Fullerton, Frances Gage, Rodney Graham, John Greer, Verne Harrison, Andrew Hunter, Frances Loring, Diane Maclean, William Noah, Evan Penny, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Brian Scott, Cynthia Short, Carl Skelton, Michael Snow, Derek Sullivan, Tony Urquhart, Robert Wiens, Florence Wyle and Gu Xiong.

    Although there is free parking located behind the building, we parked our car on the opposite side of the road where we bought ice creams before entering the sculpture park.

    Surely, the park reminded us of Chesterwood in Berkshire county of Massachusetts that we visited last August. However, compared to Chesterwood, which is of course much larger in scale, this park is smaller, easily accessible from Toronto and the GTA, and is located amongst a group of very educating tourist attractions.

    The Art Centre grounds for sculptures were developed in 1983 into what is now known as the Donald Forster Sculpture Park. The objective is to acquire sculptures which represent the best work being produced in Canada while including some examples of historical works. This outstanding venue for permanent sculpture by Canadian artists ranks among the best and most diverse sculpture parks in Canada.

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    Arboretum of the University of Guelph

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    My husband and I recently visited the city of Guelph, which is defined by the presence of the University of Guelph. Amongst other attractions, we visited the Arboretum, which is said to be designed after the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University that is 100 years older.

    It was a pleasantly warm late spring day and the Arboretum had a fairly large number of visitors - young and old - hiking and observing trees, plants, gardens and flowers.

    The Arboretum spans 165 hectares (408 acres) with 8.2 km of signed trails. Observed at The Arboretum are 38 species of mammals, 188 species of birds, 39 species of butterflies, 18 herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) and 1,700 types of trees and shrubs. Almost every tree and shrub indigenous to southern Ontario is growing at The Arboretum.

    The two of us enjoyed a pleasant stroll while studying various plants and enjoying its many gardens and flowers. The trees that we were able to read details of included Weeping Nootka Cypress (picture 2), Black Maple, Sugar Maple, etc. The Japanese Garden was an instant success with everybody (picture 3). We could hear a number of different species of birds, but all of them were camera shy.

    The OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre (picture 4) is a great place for weddings, dinner theatre or memorial services and dedications. The Arboretum offers Docent-led tours as well as naturalist / horticulturist-led tours throughout the year. A wide array of adult and children's educational programs are also offered covering art, botany, gardening and wildlife.

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    Hiking on Eramosa River Trail

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    Reaching destination on a warm late spring day
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    Two rivers meander through Guelph - Speed River and the more famous Eramosa River.

    My husband and I visited Guelph on a late spring warm day recently and decided to explore this trail. This trail starts at a beautiful wooden covered bridge (see the picture) where the Speed and Eramosa rivers meet and runs along the north side of the Eramosa River. We found this stone dust trail heavily used for walking, cycling and wheelchairs by the local residents.

    There were canoes, kayaks and other type of boats at the confluence of the two rivers (see picture # 2). We figured that they were owned by the sailors themselves, because we did not find any boat rentals in the vicinity.

    When the trail reached Victoria road we crossed the bridge to the south side where a natural path continued along until Stone Road. Total length is about was about 4 km.

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    Farmer's Market

    by Babzz Updated Jun 28, 2006

    Every Saturday from 7 am to 12 pm. Local farmers and craftsmen sell their various goods including produce (including organics), meats, crafts, jewelry, artwork, etc. It's always busy so it's best to come early for the best selection.

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    Blitzing the Grand River Raceway

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Nov 17, 2005

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    A departing shot at the Grand River Racetrack

    We began our trip to Elora by blitzing the Racetrack, which is located about 2 kms from the main town on the road to Elora Gorge Conservation Park. This charming facility was moved to the town Elmira. The facility has year-round slots, simulcast racing, about 50 nights of live harness racing over a kilometer long.

    This Raceway offers many other events too, including the Grand River Calf Show, Grand River Fair & Exhibition and Grand River Truck & Tractor Pull.

    The Grand River Raceway is owned and operated by the Woolwich Agricultural Society (WAS).

    Directions:

    1. From Toronto take 401 West to Hwy. 6 North,
    2. Turn right at end of expressway,
    3. Turn left onto Hwy 6 North again (at Canadian Tire. This should be your reference point for returning, otherwise you will get lost like we did and end up exploring small streets of Guelph),
    4. Turn left onto Wellington County Rd. 7 Elora,
    5. Turn left at County Rd. 21 (Antique Warehouse on left),
    6. Grand River Raceway on the left.

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  • Guelph Arboretum

    by Sasie Written May 27, 2005

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    English Garden

    The Arboretum at the University of Guelph is quite lovely. There are a number of different types of gardens (English, Dwarf Conifer etc.) and 8.2km of trails on over 160 hectares. It's a great place to walk and check out local flora (and fauna if you're lucky). They have educational programs for adults and kids as well as tours.
    My favourite was the Zen garden. Very peaceful.

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    Guelph Organic Conference

    by MissAntarctica2002 Written Feb 8, 2005

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    I make a point of attending the Guelph Organic Conference whenever I can. It takes place every January on the University of Guelph campus. If you have an interest in sustainable agriculture, or even just in knowing more about the food that you eat, you will not be disappointed by the programming. The workshops and seminars are always engrossing and inspiring.

    If you don't want to pay the big bucks (usually around $100 for the whole shebang) to register for the conference, pop by to check out the Organic Expo and Marketplace. Every time I've passed through I have come across a real find.

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    Everdale Environmental Learning Centre

    by MissAntarctica2002 Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Everdale is a remarkable facility located in Hillsburgh, Ontaro. It is about a 35 minute drive away from downtown Guelph.

    Everdale is dedicated to educating people about virtually all aspects of sustainable living. They offer school programs, a farm store, and many different applications of sustainable building materials and techniques. One of the things Everdale is known for are their seminars and workshops, which take place periodically through out the year on topics such as solar power, strawbale construction, and organic gardening. Recently a smart home called Home Alive! was relocated to the Everdale, and self-guided tours are available whenever the site is open from June to September.

    Everdale Environmental Learning Centre is open on Saturdays 1000-1600 from June until September. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children (5 and younger free), seniors $3. The maximum admission is $20.00 per car.

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    Covered bridge

    by Tuque Updated Nov 30, 2004

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    Lattice Covered Footbridge

    The town’s 120-foot Lattice Covered Footbridge was built in June 9-13 1992 near the junction of the Speed and Eramosa Rivers by 400 timberframers who were gathered in Guelph. Based on an original design from the 1800s, it is one of only two in all of Ontario.

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    Geocaching

    by Tuque Written Nov 29, 2004

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    Got a GPS unit and a sense of adventure? See Guelph and have a high tech hide-and-seek excursion at the same time. See parks, trails, and architectural sites.

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  • Mar 9, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    The police in guelph give tickets to tourest because they know that they cant make court dates be careful not to be taking in the nightlife because you will be considered to be criminal element if you go to certain bars in the area. Safe travels

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