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Overview of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Known as a beautiful, safe and comfortable community, Guelph provides a rich variety of cultural pursuits, recreational activities and education. Located at the junction of the Speed and Eramosa Rivers, the city has world wide renown for its agri-business, biotechnology and environmental activities. Stone Road Mall is one of the largest regional Ontario, and the downtown core is home to over five hundred unique shops and services. Geographically and economically, it is one of the most strategic locations for growth and development in southern Ontario. A focus on sustainable growth ensures the city's prosperity, while maintaining a healthy community atmosphere.

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  • Population: 125,872
  • Population Density: 1225.1
  • Area: 86.66 km2
  • Latitude: 43°33` N
  • Longitude: 80°15` W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 334m above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Guelph, Ontario

Known as the Royal City, Guelph is proud of its ties to the British Royal Family. It was founded in 1827 by John Galt, as a planned town rather than a settlement naturally evolving. In original design Guelph resembles a European city with broad main streets and narrow side streets. Despite the founder's grand plans, Guelph remained a village until the arrival of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1856. Then many of the prominent buildings were erected and growth increased. It became a city in 1879.

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Guelph's Demographics

Guelph is the fifth fastest growing mid-size city in Canada with a population growth rate of about 2 per cent per year, and it is projected to have a population around 153,000 by the year 2027. Predominantly white, British origin, there is a strong Scottish element in the city with the highest visible minority being Asian.

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Guelph's Climate

The weather and climate in this area of Ontario is moderate in both summer and winter. There are no remarkable extremes in either temperature or the type of weather that characterize areas in closer proximity to a landmass such as a body of water or a mountain range. /p> Edit this paragraph

Education in Guelph, Ontario

Guelph has over seventy public schools operated by the Upper Grand District School Board, and the Wellington Dufferin Catholic District School Board offers another twenty separate schools. The University of Guelph, of international repute, specializes in agricultural and veterinary programs, and Conestoga College has a campus within the city. Private schools and French immersion opportunities are located throughout the area.

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Transportation around Guelph, Ontario

The local transit system runs seven days a week from St. George's Square. Equipped with all the necessary features, buses are readily accessible for those with disabilities. There is a GO train station in Guelph as well as a Greyhound bus terminal. Guelph is also served by two local airports, the Waterloo Regional Airport and the Guelph Airpark. Waterloo Regional Airport provides commuter service to Ottawa and both airports are capable of servicing small, private aircraft.

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Tourism and Attractions of Guelph

Guelph`s Tourism Wayfinding System makes it easy for visitors to find their way to attractions and points of interest in the area. As well as the various sites within the city, Guelph is only a short distance from two major racetracks, Flamboro Downs and Mohawk Raceway. Both of these locations host regular horse races as well as slot machines. Elora Gorge is a place of beautiful, natural landscape with a number of activities to participate in.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Guelph
  • Aberfoyle
  • Birge Mills
  • Brucedale
  • Everton
  • Centre Inn
  • Rockcut
  • Rockwood
  • Blue Springs
  • Darbyville
  • Brookville
  • Haltonville
  • Moffat
  • Corwhin
  • Arkell
  • Farnham
  • Haimton Corner
  • Eden Mills
  • Eramosa
  • Marden
  • Mosborough
  • Speedside
  • Ennotville
  • Ponsonby
  • Ariss
  • Downeys
  • Fergus
  • Elora
  • Puslinch

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Geography of Guelph, Ontario

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Guelph's Government

Located in one of Ontario's strongest economic regions, Guelph offers easy access to major Canadian and U.S. markets and customers. The city boasts a well educated and skilled labour force with access to first rate research facilities. It has a diverse economic base including the advanced manufacturing sector and growing clusters in the life sciences and environmental technologies.

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Guelph's Economy and Industry

Guelph places a high priority on its cultural heritage. The River Run Centre, set along the Speed River, hosts a variety of events from theatre to dance, comedy to lectures and a wide range of vocal and instrumental music. Other cultural venues include the Guelph Little Theatre, the MacDonald-Stewart Art Centre, the Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House. Guelph is also home to several annual festivals including the Guelph Spring Music Festival and the Guelph Multicultural Festival.

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Guelph's Culture and Significant Events

The Guelph Storm is the city's local OHL team, playing home games at the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Center. Residents can take advantage of the numerous sports and recreational facilities in the city, and for the more adventurous type, nearby Elora Gorge offers tubing, and more recently, zip line cabling. Guelph Lake is a popular spot for swimming in the summer, and the Grand River Conservation Area encompasses a number of hiking trails and canoe routes.

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Sports in Guelph, Ontario

Guelph has its own daily newspaper and two radio stations; one commercial, the other based at the University of Guelph. Local television coverage comes from CKCO TV and Rogers Cable.

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Media of Guelph

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