Welcome to Guelph Wellington!
Guelph Wellington is a vibrant and diverse geographic area in southwestern Ontario.
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 rich in culture, architecture, parks and riverside green spaces. In 2009 Guelph was also named one of the country’s smartest communities, its safest city, and Canada’s volunteer capital.
Guelph is home to one of the most innovative universities in the world, striking historical architecture, distinctive environmental practices and many other things that make it a great place to live. Guelph is believed to be one of the first planned towns in Canada. The downtown resembles a European city centre, complete with squares, broad main streets, and narrow side streets. The City of Guelph is known as the “Royal City” and is named after British Monarch King George IV who was from the Guelph lineage.
The County of Wellington is a vibrant economy with thriving agriculture, health care, manufacturing and creative professional industries.
The County spans almost 2,660 km2, has a population of approximately 86,000 and is comprised of seven municipalities including the Town of Erin, Town of Minto, Township of Wellington North, Township of Mapleton, Township of Centre Wellington, Township of Guelph/Eramosa and the Township of Puslinch. Its unique location within southwestern Ontario makes it the County with the most neighbouring municipalities in the province. The County is well positioned, only one hour from Toronto, two hours from the US border and has four top post secondary institutions within 30 minutes, making it a great place to live, learn, work and play.
Wellington offers winding trails, forests and conservation parks, year round festivals and events as well as intriguing museums and archives. From Hillside Music Festival to the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games to self-guided farm tours and local food events, the County has the sights, sounds and tastes to please every sense.
The County of Wellington has a strong economic development focus aimed at supporting, building and facilitating the connection of resources, contacts and supply chain opportunities. The County has made a commitment to economic development with the creation of the Economic Development Strategic Plan, which works to support and increase economic activity within the County of Wellington.