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Guelph Things to Do

  • River Run Centre

    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...

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  • Church of Our Lady

    Arhitect Joseph Connollyyear built 1876-88Situated 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...

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  • In a Heartbeat

    "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...

    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...

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  • Arboretum of the University of Guelph

    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...

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  • Hiking on Eramosa River Trail

    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....

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  • Farmer's Market

    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

    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...

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  • Guelph Arboretum

    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...

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Guelph Restaurants

  • Country Music, Country Flavour

    If you're into country music, like country-western bar decor, and perhaps want to learn to line-dance... oh, and you like reasonably priced, good food... then The Stampede Ranch is the place for you. I've been here about 5 or 6 times, I think, mostly because a friend of mine does a radio remote from there on Friday nights. There is a sister...

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  • Indian Food

    My human companions really enjoy this quaint little restaurant. They've been going for years. They usually get the dinner for 2 and sometimes splurge on the upgraded dinner for 2. The food is excellent. The owner is a very pleasant and genteel host. Small restaurant, seats about 30 people. Not posh, but it has a comfortable and charming...

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  • Thai-Vietnamese Cuisine

    They changed their name to Cherry Blossom Visited this place 5 years ago and loved the meal... This time (Aug 2009) the food was ok, but definitely not as good as before. The servers are a little slow, the wait staff show very little interest in their job... Green Curry, Cashew Nuts with chicken, Pho and Vermicelli bowl with pork

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  • Great Chinese downtown Guelph

    Very good food at great prices. Freshly cooked. This is a place that I go regularly for lunch and dinner. Lunch plates for under $5! Large restaurant which is usually very quiet. This is really a take out Chinese, but don't let the fact that the place is rather empty put you off. It has an excellent menu and great service. The guy who runs it;...

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  • You have to try this!

    You feel like you've entered a tropical paradise when you go in. They have painted the walls with all sorts of palm trees, birds and other cool animals.The menu is a combination of Thai cooking and curry. It's delicious!Make reservations - it's very popular...and also closed on Mondays Chicken satay - great skewers of grilled chicken with peanut...

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  • Good Latin Food

    Latino's is one of the best Mexican restaurants I have been to in my life. It's small exterior is extremely deceiving, as it is a rather large restaurant. Regardless, it is always packed. Later on in my meal, people were being turned away at the door because they couldn't take any more clients!The restaurant has won awards from the Eat Smart...

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Guelph Nightlife

  • Down-Home Party at the Ranch

    SO, anyone wishing to get a real Southern Ontario New Country Experience MUST check out the Stampede Ranch. The Ranch (as it is called) is a country/western bar, with all the things you might imagine that come with such a place. Thursdays are the rowdiest nights, with Friday and Saturday very busy as well.The Ranch is spacious inside, with a...

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  • My favourite bar

    Doogie's is the best (in my opinion). It's a pretty small bar in downtown Guelph but they always have great live music playing. It's casual (as is most of Guelph) so you can just go and hang out with your friends. There is a small dance floor (I mean extremely small) but for those of us that like to dance...it's essential.Usually busy on Thursday,...

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  • Late Night Hot Dogs and Beer

    I went to Frank & Steins after leaving a crowded club in Guelph. Frank's was much roomier and certainly one of the cleaner pubs in Guelph. The crowd was varied: there were university students along with a decidedly older crowd...the cougars abounded!The club is great for the drunken hungries... I loved the fries, and the hot dogs looked pretty good...

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Guelph Transportation

  • Coach service to Guelph

    Greyhound coaches travel between Guelph and Toronto (http://www.greyhound.com/). Coach Canada coaches travel between Hamilton and Guelph (http://www.coachcanada.com/coachcanada/). Both offer travel between Guelph and other locations as well.

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  • City buses

    The city buses are quite efficient and run frequently (every 15 to 30 minutes depending on the route). They meet downtown at St. George's Square-there is no official bus station. It seems weird at first, but the location is convenient to do some quick shopping or other errands in between transfers (it can be done, believe me!).

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  • Guelph Bus System

    The City of Guelph operates buses around the city. They're fairly convenient if you're looking for a cheap way to see the city or just get around town.The coolest thing about the buses is that they all meet at St. George's Square (downtown) every 1/2 hour (at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour). So if you need to transfer it's extremely easy (and the...

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Guelph Shopping

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  • Harmoniously Beautiful

    Harmony Crafts is a shop that I could browse for hours. It is not your run-of-the-mill gift shop. They carry items from all over the world that are hand-picked by the owner for quality, beauty, and novelty. I am always happy when I receive a gift purchased at Harmony. They carry handcrafted wares in a variety of media from ceramics to paper, to...

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  • One Stop Culture Shopping

    It was tempting to write up the Bookshelf under Must See Activities. I cannot overstate how cool this place is. It is our go to every chance we get while we are in Guelph. It is an incredible bookstore, plus a cafe and repertory cinema as well.If you visit, make note of the bulletin board which shows patrons' photographs of their Bookshelf t-shirts...

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  • Dog stuff

    Geared to the dog professional but open to the general public. An excellent supply of quality dog products grooming supplies, as well as crates, toys, food, leashes, and lots more. Very knowledgable and helpful owner. This store is especially great for poodles and all their extra grooming needs.

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Guelph Warnings and Dangers

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    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Jan 1, 2012

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    Ticks are closely related to spiders. They are typically small when unfed, (1 to 5 mm in length), and all active stages feed on blood. They cannot fly and they move quite slowly. Ticks usually come in contact with people or animals by positioning themselves on tall grass and bushes. They may take several hours to find a suitable place on the host to attach to feed. Most tick bites are painless. The majority of bites will not result in disease because most ticks are not infected with the agent of Lyme disease.

    Lyme disease & blacklegged ticks ;

    Lyme disease is an infection caused by the corkscrewshaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. In Ontario, these bacteria are spread by the bite of blacklegged ticks (formerly called deer ticks), Ixodes scapularis. The blacklegged tick can be found sporadically throughout the province.
    Even with a bite from an infected blacklegged tick, there is only a small chance of getting Lyme disease. Ticks are most likely to transmit infection after being attached for more than 24 hours of feeding. Because of this delay, prompt detection and removal of ticks is one of the key methods of preventing Lyme disease.

    Dog ticks:

    Dog ticks are common in this area. They are not known to carry the bacteria for Lyme disease. They are about 4 times the size of a blacklegged tick.

    We were concerned about our 4 months old boy back
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Guelph Off The Beaten Path

  • Ancient Cedar Trees at Rockwood Conserv....

    After Bruce Peninsula National Park, we had our second encounter with ancient cedar trees in this park. Cedar trees grow all along the banks of the Eramosa River, including through Rockwood Conservation Area. Some cedars that cling to the limestone cliffs are as old as 500 years. Some are very small due to the shallow, nutrient-poor soil. Trunks of...

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  • Largest birds of NA at Rockwood Conserv....

    We saw a flock of turkeys and were surprised by their presence. We knew that turkeys have made a comeback in Grand River region, but were not aware that they can be found here. They were eradicated from this area, the province and many states by 1909 due to unregulated hunting and the loss of native forests that were cleared for agriculture....

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  • Potholes at Rockwood Conservation Area

    Another geological feature that we observed at the park were potholes. The conservation area has over 200 potholes that vary in size and diameter. The potholes were created during the retreat of the glacier. Pieces of stone — mostly hard granite from the Canadian Shield had been carried along by the glacier. They got caught up in fast-moving...

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Guelph Sports & Outdoors

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    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Jun 7, 2009

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    For some odd reason motorbikers call Guelph and Wellington county home. In our most recent visit to Guelph, we noticed hundreds of motorbikers who were probably coming out of a meet (see pictures).

    The Grand River territory and neighboring counties offer terrain that is to the liking of motorbike lovers.

    My advice: Please accord respect to motorcyclists. They deserve it.

    Equipment: Motorcycle and related gear.

    Motorbikers on a country road near Guelph Motorbikers Motobikers ahead of us
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Guelph Favorites

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    by kris-t Updated Nov 12, 2011

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    Favorite thing: As many downtown streets it's lined with Victorian era buildings, which are now well over a century old.

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