Downtown Guelph Neighbourhoods
Just as the summer splash pad doubles up as a skating rink, downtown Guelph transforms easily. As the day turns into night, the sounds in this neighbourhood switch from coffee sips and rock, to cocktail clinks and jazz. Professionals seek respite during the work week in open air movie nights at Market Square, live music nights in cafes, or a refreshing run through the historical neighbourhood. Saturdays draw the creme-de-la-creme of morning folks to the much-awaited farmer’s market. Downtown stores are quirky. Watch where you go, you might get asked to model the next spring collection.
If Downtown is Guelph’s heart, then the Old University is its mind. Best known for the University of Guelph, the Arboretum, and the city’s busy shopping mall, this is where different generations cross paths. Sometimes as proud supporters of the local hockey team (Go Storms Go!). At others, as they find their respective ways to unwind next to the Speed River – kayaking, hiking, lawn bowling, or grabbing their favourite ice cream flavour at The BoatHouse, while it’s open for the season. Steeped in heritage and prestige, it’s not just the agricultural and veterinary science schools at U of G with breathtaking architecture. Each home in the Old University neighbourhood tells a story.
St. George’s/St. Patrick’s
Some of the most beautiful old houses are found here, in one of Guelph’s old-timer-neighbourhoods – St. George’s. Majestic trees along with the Eramosa and Speed rivers adorn backyards big and small. Undergoing intense renewal from big city kids seeking old-world charm, the neighbourhood is a patchwork of old and new. But in this eclectic mix of high-end living and industrial revival, the local Portuguese, Italian, and Greek grocers have discerning patrons. St Georges’ proud Italian-Canadian community pitches its annual festival tent right here. Amo Club Italiano? You betcha.