Sunday and Saturday – On Your Own

Guelph has a variety of interesting activities and great places to eat. Consider checking a few of them out while you’re in town for CEW.

Tourism Information

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Explore Downtown Guelph



McCrae House Go to the McCrae house to see the birthplace of the author of “In Flanders Fields,” or check out the authentic steam engine Locomotive 6167.1 $5.00/person, $15/family (2 adults + 4 children max)


Guelph Farmer’s Market The Guelph Farmers’ Market, located in downtown, has been a meeting place for food lovers for over 180 years. No matter when you head to the market, you’ll no doubt experience a wide variety of captivating flavours and the freshest of produce.  Open every Saturday from 7am to noon. Free.


Guelph’s Market Square



Another prominent fixture of the downtown area, Guelph’s Market Square, now stands as a modern monument to the city’s original downtown Market Place district dating back to the 1800’s. Tons of events are held in Market Square, like upcoming film screenings, festivals and many performances.  The area is also just great to hang out in with some friends.  Free


Old Quebec Street A physical piece of history you can walk and shop through, a visit to Guelph’s Old Quebec Street is a literal stroll down memory lane. Even if you’re not big into shopping, seeing the architecture and aesthetic beauty of Old Quebec Street is worth the trip alone.


The River Run Centre The City of Guelph’s main stage performing arts shows, the River Run Centre hosts performances of every sort. If you’re looking for an artistic spectacle fit for the entire family, look no further than the River Run Centre’s list of performances.


Guelph Civic Museum The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive family’s gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life. $5/person, $15/family (2 adults + 4 children max).
7 Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate One of Guelph’s largest tourist attractions is the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, designed by Joseph Connolly between 1875 and 1883, and is considered to be his greatest work. A designated National Historic Site of Canada, and a Pope-approved basilica, the Church of Our Lady is a beautiful Gothic Revival-style construction. Other beautiful churches to check out in downtown Guelph include Royal City Church and St. George’s Church.
8 Historical Walking Tours of Guelph For over 30 years, Guelph Arts Council has promoted the cultural heritage of Guelph by offering six different walking tours on selected Sundays from April to October (excluding July) (Tour to be confirmed). The tours are a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to learn about Guelph’s history while taking in the beautiful architectural and natural features of the city. Available on each tour is a booklet of historical information and architectural drawings, which allows self-guided tours and makes a wonderful keepsake. Tours and booklets are $5 each. Booklets are also available at Guelph Arts Council and The Bookshelf (see below).
9 The Bookshelf Be sure to check out The Bookshelf: it’s a bookstore, cinema, restaurant, and community hub all in one! This store is a great place to get a real understanding of the community.
10 The Covered Bridge In 1992, 400 volunteers from the Timber Framers Guild worked near the confluence of the Eramosa and Speed Rivers building this covered bridge using an 1880’s design. This bridge is part of the Royal Recreational Trail in downtown Guelph.
11 Ghost Walk of Guelph Every city has a dark past, and you can experience the supernatural side of Guelph on the Ghost Walk of Guelph tour. A one hour walk around downtown Guelph, you’ll hear all the spooky stories of the Royal City that only certain locals know. Reservation required, $10/person
(Some) Restaurants in Downtown Guelph 1 Miijidaa First Nations, French, and English. Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
2 The Albion Hotel Bar, Canadian, International, Pub
3 Soora Asian, Korean
4 The Bollywood Bistro Indian
5 Buon Gusto Restaurant Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
6 McCabe’s Irish Pub & Grill American, Canadian, Irish
7 Earth to Table: Bread Bar American, Pizza, Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
8 Wok’s Taste Chinese, Asian
9 Bin 23 High End, Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten-Free Options
10 Diana Downtown Indian, Fusion
11 The Boat House Tea Room Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Tea, Ice Cream
Additional Restaurants or  Food and Drink Attractions 1 Shakespeare’s Arms Bar, British, Pub, Canadian, near CEW 2017 venue
2 Royal City Brewing Company Beer-lovers can’t pass up the chance to see how premium craft brews are made at the Royal City Brewing Company. Open for visits whenever the brewery is running, the pleasant staff is always willing to educate folks on the company’s unique brewing process.
3 Wellington Brewery Canada’s oldest independent microbrewery, Wellington Brewery offers the beer-lovers of Guelph yet another place to grab a quality brew. In operation since 1895, the folks at Wellington Brewery definitely know what they’re doing, and are more than happy to tell you about their process and history.
5 Taste de Tours Locally flavoured Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tours – with a heritage twist.  Taste de Tours highlights Guelph’s history by mapping it— literally and figuratively — step BITE step from one mouth-watering culinary establishment to the next, offering an authentic taste of place. Cost and length are dependant on tour, but ranges from $45-$60 and takes 2-3.5h, respectively.  Reservation required.
Sports 1 Sleeman Centre Guelph’s main location for all sports events and spectacles of every sort, the Sleeman Centre boasts a 4500-5000 seating capacity (depending on the event) and regularly houses all sorts of bands, teams, and speakers. Be sure to check out what’s happening at the Sleeman Centre regularly to see what’s going on. Cost dependent on event.
2 Guelph Storm The pride and joy of Guelph when it comes to hockey, the Guelph Storm Hockey Club has been a star team in the OHL since 1991. Tonnes of NHL players have gotten their start as players on the Storm, and seeing a game is definitely on-par with any professional match. Cost depends on game and seating level.
3 Varsity Sports at University of Guelph Check out the Guelph Gryphons in various sports such as baseball, basketball, field and ice hockey, football, rugby, soccer and volleyball. Cost of tickets varies depending on the event, but starts at 5$ for students and 20$ for adults, respectively.
Nature 1 The Arboretum at the University of Guelph Since 1971, the University of Guelph’s Arboretum has been a major attraction in the city. Housing a variety of specialized gardens and botanical collections, all labeled for your educational convenience, the Arboretum is the perfect spot for a quiet stroll through nature’s green beauty.  Free.  The grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk, the OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
2,3 Hiking trails in Guelph Witness the natural wonders of Guelph by traversing one of the city’s many hiking trails. There are plenty to choose from, all of various lengths and difficulties, with all showcasing the natural beauty to be found in the city. Free. (Specific trails posted on Google Maps, link at the bottom of this list)
4 Riverside Park Perfect for any occasion, Riverside Park is the ideal spot for events both big and small. Within the park’s grounds one can find the picturesque Floral Clock and Rock Gardens, a children’s playground, an outdoor concert shell, pedal boats, an antique carousel, and a lot more. Free, except for the carousel and miniature train ($2.54/ ticket, purchase at the Concession stand).
5 Guelph Lake Conservation Area With over 3000 acres of untouched nature to explore, the Guelph Lake Conservation Area is a stunning expanse of green and blue. With two beaches, an outdoor concert area, and plenty of space to relax, the Guelph Lake grounds are ideal for any form of fun. Free.

Fun things at University of Guelph

1 Historical Walking Tour for University of Guelph This self-guided walking tour will lead you through history, visiting significant buildings that bear the names of those who have made invaluable contributions to the development of the University of Guelph. The full route will take two to three hours. Free, but internet required.
2 Art Gallery of Guelph The Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) is one of Canada’s premier public art spaces, engaging audiences with innovative artists and ideas from around the world. Established in 1978 as the former Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, AGG operates today with three sponsors – the University of Guelph, City of Guelph and the Upper Grand District School Board – informing the blended artistic, civic and educational impulses at the heart of AGG’s mission and vision. Open 12 – 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.  Admission is free, but donations appreciated.
3 Honey Bee Research Centre The Honey Bee Research Centre provides a number of educational experiences for both University of Guelph students and the general public. These include tours of their facility for groups of all ages, courses, workshops, online how-to videos and more! Tours are offered weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, from mid April to mid October and last approximately 75 minutes. Free, but a $2 donation is suggested.
4 The Hagen Aqualab The Hagen Aqualab is a technologically advanced aquatic research facility. This facility was initially approved for use in January 1996 when the first research project began and is operated primarily by the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph.  This facility supports research on a wide variety of aquatic organisms, such as microorganisms, animals and plants, living in marine, brackish or freshwater habitats from arctic, temperate or tropical climes. For a guided tour on your own, feel free to contact the Facility Manager Matt Cornish at or 519-824-4120, ext. 52714.
5 Alma Aquaculture Research Station (Elora) The Alma Aquaculture Research Station (AARS) is a state-of-the-art aquaculture research and development facility which became fully operational in April of 1993. The facility is the backbone of the Fish Production Research Program providing up-scale systems for aquaculture researchers at the University of Guelph and other institutions. The AARS has supported over 170 research projects since its inception. The AARS provides Ontario aquaculture information to industry participants and frequently to the general public.  For a tour of the facility on your own, please call (519) 669-5411.
The Off Beat 1 Aberfoyle Antique Market Open since 1961, the Aberfoyle Antique Market is the oldest of its kind in Canada, and is quite large too, with over 30 dealers on-site. Here you can enjoy a pleasant atmosphere, delicious foods, and of course, plenty of unique antiques. Open Saturday and Sunday. Cost for admission depends on the day, but ranges from $2-$6.
2 The Garden House Gallery Mary-Dawn Roberts is an accomplished Canadian realist artist. Her love of painting has spanned a forty-year career. Equally comfortable with watercolour, acrylic and oil, she commits herself to each painting with a selflessness that makes her work have a passionate and uplifting feel for the viewer. Her subject matter—flowers, landscape and floral landscapes—can be found in private and public gardens of Ontario, the Trent Severn waterway near Georgian Bay, and other areas throughout our beautiful province. Her artwork can be found in private and public collections worldwide.
3 Wellington County Museum A National Historic Site recognized as Canada’s oldest remaining House of Industry. Twelve galleries featuring social, agricultural, native and settlement history of Wellington County. Exhibits include Ontario Museum Association Award of Merit exhibit on World War 1 “Far From Home: A Soldier’s Life at the Front” and “First Story: The Neutrals in Wellington County”. Archives holds genealogical and local history materials. Heritage gardens and barn, trails, picnic tables, festival days, art shows, summer art workshops and cemetery interpretive site. Admission is by donation.
4 The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada You’ve no doubt heard of wildlife sanctuaries devoted to dolphin, bears, and lion, but one solely for donkeys? Well that’s the case in Guelph, where The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada has served as a refuge for abandoned and ill-treated donkeys, mules, and hinnies since 1992. Many events are held at the sanctuary, and it’s a perfect place to interact with resident animals. Suggested donation: $10/adult, students, or seniors; $5/child.
5 Shady Grove Maple Co. Maple syrup is a Canadian staple, and you can get some fresh-from-the-tree maple syrup, birch syrup, and treats right at Shady Grove Maple Company. Explore the grounds to learn more about the maple extraction process, or just head to Shady Grove to get some delicious maple-tastic treats.
6 Strom’s Farm & Bakery Nothing beats fresh produce and baked goods, and that’s what you’ll find in abundance at Strom’s Farm & Bakery. Specializing in sweet corn and homemade pies, Strom’s will delight your taste buds while offering plenty of opportunities for fun at their large grounds.