Dovercliffe Park/Kortright Hills
Calming, lush conservation areas, trails, and parks often form the backyard of Kortright Hills residents. Snuggled between the Speed River and Hanlon Parkway, Kortright Hills or Dovercliff Park has hidden surprises among its rolling hills of family homes. An open air movie night with the neighbours in Mollison Park makes for a cheery night. Try to keep it down though. The inukshuks in the nearby conservation area might be busy stargazing. At the crack of dawn, the city’s fiercest marathon runners turn the local bird sanctuary into dirt and grass training grounds, as the YMCA stirs back to life.
Kortright West is academic by association to its neighbour, Old University. Pockets of UoG students in this largely older family area are daring and few. Its own little collection of indie and large chain shops is no longer a secret. Neither is its off-leash dog park – the largest in Guelph – where canines prefer the fresh creek to their humans. Just as the young ones prefer the Kortright Splash Pad, and the not-so-young-ones, spotting a deer or two in the Preservation Park. In Kortright West, the road is gladly shared with the ducks, the deer and their friends and family. Remember to say hello on your next run. When you drive, go slow.