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Things to Do in Guelph

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Things to Do 

If you happen to be staying in Guelph for a time before or after the conference, there is lots to explore in this quaint, lively city! Here, you can find restaurant recommendations and ideas for how to spend your time, whether alone or with company.

Great Restaurants in Guelph 

Buon Gusto 

Authentic Italian food located in downtown Guelph. Known for their wood-fired pizza!  


An independently owned bistro that features live music almost every night of the week!  

Miijidaa Cafe & Bistro 

Located downtown, this restaurant is a Guelph favourite! Their menu is inspired by First Nations, French, and British cuisine. 

Crafty Ramen 

Voted Guelph's best new restaurant in 2017! Locally sourced ingredients are used to make authentic Japanese-style ramen bowls. 

The Cornerstone 

A vegetarian cafe with many vegan and gluten-free options on the menu. There is often live music here in the evenings, and this is also a great place to get breakfast or enjoy a coffee. 

Earth to Table Bread Bar  

This restaurant focuses on local food and is located just down the street from campus. Their stone-baked pizza is a highlight! 


Things to Do Around Town 

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate 

This Catholic church was built atop a hill in downtown Guelph in the late 1800's. Its enormity and its Gothic Revival architecture make it a must-see for visitors to Guelph. Self-guided tours are available, and the Guelph Civic Museum is right next door. 

Shops Downtown 

Guelph has many local businesses and shops downtown. The Bookshelf is a cute, local favourite. Check out the selection of stores on Wyndham Street, Carden Street, Quebec Street, and the Old Quebec Street Mall.  

The Boathouse 

The Boathouse is a favourite summer lunch spot where you can also enjoy an ice cream (vegan options, too) beside the Speed River. It's right next to Royal City Park, where you can walk along the river and relax at a bench or picnic table. What’s more, the Boathouse also rents canoes and kayaks, so you can explore the river in the water! 

The Arboretum 

The Arboretum is a part of the University of Guelph and is completely free to visit! It's a beautiful area that has gardens, walking trails, wetlands, woodlands and meadows. The entrance to the main path is only a short walk from the centre of campus. 

This blogTO post about visiting the city of Guelph has lots of great ideas too:

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