Life in Guelph

Recreation & Sports

Community Activities

Each fall, winter and spring, Guelph Recreation and Parks publishes a Community Leisure Guide, providing details on recreation and sports programs and activities for adults and children of all ages. In addition, there is a growing list of local Sports Clubs and active Interest Groups.

The Guelph Storm is our local team in the Ontario Hockey League. Go to Guelph Hotlinks for more information on sports and recreation.

The Guelph Y with its newly expanded facilities offers a wide range of health and recreation programs and activities for preschoolers, youth, teens and adults, as well as flexible child care programs.

A new Sleeman Centre provides a venue for hockey games, sporting events, and performances.

On Campus Opportunities

The Department of Athletics offers on-campus fitness and recreation opportunities for students, faculty, staff, community members, and their families. There are many Guelph Gryphon Varsity Teams and all on-campus and off-campus communities are invited to cheer on their Gryphons!  For all Department of Athletics information, including program and game schedules, please visit gryphons.ca.

Special Programs

The University of Guelph Arboretum offers environmental education activities, including year round special programs as well as walks and tours. Make sure to check who's out and about on the Arboretum grounds at this time of year.

Outdoor Pursuits

Parks and Trails abound in and around the city for walking, hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and other family recreational activities. Wheelchair accessible areas are also available. Trail maps can be downloaded from the City Parks website. The Guelph Trail Club is dedicated to recreational hiking and maintains rural trails in the area.

Sections of the Bruce Trail, Canada's oldest footpath following the magnificent Niagara Escarpment for 800 kilometres from Queenston Heights to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, are within easy driving distance.

Cycling is popular in the area and the Guelph Off-Road Bicycling Association has an active following for its organized rides and races.

Guelph's two rivers provide summertime opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. Nearby Guelph Lake is a popular sailing and windsurfing site, as well as home to the local Boating Club.

The Grand River Conservation Authority provides detailed information about the regions parks, trails, lakes, rivers and fishing.