Why live in Guelph?
In 2009 Guelph was named Canada’s safest city, one of the country’s smartest communities, and Canada’s volunteer capital. The City of Guelph is rich in culture, architecture, parks and riverside green spaces.
A vibrant community of over 120,000 people, Guelph is ranked among the top ten places to live in Canada. The city is located in one of the strongest economic regions in the country: 100 kilometres west of Toronto, just east of Kitchener-Waterloo.
Guelph is home to the University of Guelph and to Conestoga College which is consistently rated the top college in Canada. Guelph is also situated close to both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
In recent years, Guelph has attracted national and international attention for a number of bold actions including the Community Energy Initiative (CEI), among the first energy plans of its kind in North America; Guelph Wellbeing, which aimed to improve quality of life based on Canadian Index of Wellbeing indicators; and downtown renewal efforts that have to date attracted $85 million in private investment after decades of relative stasis.
The downtown resembles a European city center, complete with squares, broad main streets, and narrow side streets. Guelph is known as the Royal City and is named after British Monarch King George IV who was from the Guelph lineage.