Guelph has a unique history to share. It was selected as the headquarters of British development firm The Canada Company in 1825 by its first superintendent John Galt, a popular Scottish novelist who designed the town to attract settlers to it and the surrounding countryside. Galt designed the town to resemble a European city centre, complete with squares, broad main streets and narrow side streets, resulting in a variety of block sizes and shapes which are still in place today.
Guelph is also home to several National Historic sites including the magnificent neo-gothic Cathedral, The Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, and the McCrae House, the former home of Colonel John McCrae, author of In Flanders Fields.
Guelph has diverse experiences waiting to be discovered: from award winning festivals, one-of-a-kind events, incredible public art, bustling weekly farmers’ market, and a vibrant, friendly downtown scene.
Join us! Come celebrate the 150 anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the 190 anniversary of Guelph’s founding at events throughout 2017, such as College Royal, Founders Day, and Aboriginal Day. For a complete listing of events go to visitguelphwellington.ca or call 1-800-334-4519. Visitor Information is conveniently located at the Guelph Civic Museum. Get social with us! We’re connected to the vibe of Guelph and surrounding Wellington County. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or check us out on Facebook. We’re mobile-friendly, so you can take us with you wherever you roam. If it’s happening here, we’ll get you there.
For a complete listing of events check us out at visitguelphwellington.ca or call us at 1-800-334-4519.