Known as the “Royal City,” Guelph was originally designed in 1827 to resemble an old- world European city center. Learn more about its rich history at stops such as the 125- year-old Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate or catch an old Hollywood film at the Jewel Classic Movie Theatre, part of the Wellington County Museum. At Locomotive 6167, view one of the world’s most photographed locomotives – a restored 1940s steam train now inducted into the North American Railway Hall of Fame. Take a summertime stroll through the University of Guelph’s 400-acre Arboretum, featuring more than 2,000 species of woody plants and gorgeous walking trails. Or stretch out on the sandy beaches of the Guelph Lake Conservation Area, where you can canoe or sail on the reservoir.
For something more off the beaten path, visit the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada to help brush the animals’ fur and learn about the work that goes into rescuing neglected donkeys. Make sure to celebrate Guelph’s sparkling arts and cultural scene too. Classic favourites include the Eden Mills Writers Festival, featuring some of Canada’s most well-known authors, or the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games. If you’re a foodie, take a tour of the ale trail at the Royal City and Wellington breweries or sign up for a guided walk of local culinary establishments.