Life in Guelph

The University of Guelph is the largest employer in Guelph, a city of 100,000 people that is known for its historic architecture and mix of eclectic shops and restaurants. Guelph is located about an hour's drive west of Toronto, Canada's most culturally diverse city, and only two hours from the U.S. border. Niagara Falls, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Buffalo are all within one day's driving distance.

Guelph is surrounded by rural areas and has an eclectic mix of rural and urban amenities. The city hosts internationally recognized folk, jazz and writer's festivals - many initiated by University faculty, staff and students - and offers cycling and hiking trails, a performing arts centre and a new sports and entertainment centre. Employment opportunities in Guelph are growing steadily because of the city's commitment to economic development and the dynamics of its rapidly growing technology sectors. In fact, Guelph and several neighbouring communities form an area known as Canada's Technology Triangle, a highly sophisticated community of technology-based companies supported by the business community, educational institutions, associations and the public sector.
Last year was our city's 175th anniversary - a great time to reflect on past accomplishments and to look to the future. To mark this anniversary, we have embarked on our most ambitious public consultation process to date, the SmartGuelph Initiative - Building Tomorrow Today. This strategy will ensure that Guelph grows in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.
We are proud of what our community has accomplished, and the way that we have integrated community involvement
and forward thinking in everything we do, from enhancing our landscape and managing our heritage, to caring for our environment. We invite you to share our pride in the past and our excitement for the future.

City of Guelph