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Getting to Guelph

If you are driving from the Toronto area, take highway 401 W for 55km, then take exit 299, then make a right turn to Brock Road S (going northbound). A few kilometers after you pass the small town of Aberfoyle, this road becomes Gordon Street which leads you right to the University and the Royal Brock Hotel. The University is located on the Intersection of Gordon and Stone Rd. E. 

Guelph is also reachable through several forms of public transport:

  • Train: the GO service offers route KI every 30 minutes from Union Station in Toronto to Guelph Central; no transfers necessary. Tickets are about $20.
  • Bus: GO buses from the surounding area arrive several times a day. These might require a transfer depending on where you are coming from, an adult ticket is around $20. If you are coming from Pearson International Airport, bus 40 will pick you up at arrivals; this bus will take you to the Square One terminal. At Square One, take route 29 which will take you straight to Guelph.
  • Shuttle service: Red Car Service offers a shuttle service from Pearson International to Guelph for about $90+HST

Once in Guelph you may require transportation within the city. The Guelph transit system consists of buses that typically run on the hour and half hour, bus fare is $3.25 for a single ride.


As a growing city, Guelph has many hotels, here are some very conviniently located ones for your consideration.

  • The Royal Brock: Located directly across the street from the University, roughly $93.99+HST per night.
  • Days Inn : Located on Gordon St., this hotel is a short bus ride or a 10 walk to the University, about $95+HST per night.

Royal Brock to MacKinnon

  • Cross the street  northbound so you are standing near the University of Guelph sign and Gryphon.
  • Walk to the right of the Gryphon, along Stone Rd. E until you reach Evergreen Drive, turn left.
  • This is the University bus loop, keep walking towards campus. Cross the road, the first building you will see is Thornborough on your right.
  • Keep walking straight, you will reach the centre of campus where there is a yellow bench and most importantly, the Cannon. 
  • North of the Cannon there are two large staircases, at the top there are two buildings, MacKinnon is on your right.


This beautiful city is home to many great eateries, the downtown area is filled with unique, locally owned restaurants for your every mood. Here's just a few examples of some Guelph favourites

  • The Cornerstone: Vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The Cornerstone has amazing breakfast and lunch selections.
  • Buon Gusto: Italian, offers every kind of pizza and pasta available.
  • Red Brick Cafe: A hidden treasure, offers great coffee and a selection of lunch items and pastries. The quiet, relaxed atmosphere is perfect for relaxing or doing computer work.
  • 39 Carden: French Bistro.
  • Capistrano: Bistro and Espresso Bar located right in the heart of downtown.
  • Boon Burger: Vegan burger shoppe.