Founded in 1827 by a Scottish novelist, John Galt. Guelph got it’s name from the surname of one of the British Royal Families. This is why Guelph is referred to as “The Royal City”.

In the vibrant downtown area has many great attractions including: the River Run Centre for the performing arts, Guelph Civic Museum, The Sleeman Centre Sports Complex that is home to the Guelph Storm OHL hockey team, a farmer’s market that is open year round on Saturday mornings, Market Square with an outdoor skating rink in the winter and water feature in the summer and many fabulous shops and restaurants.

There are many wonderful parks throughout the city including the Royal City park set on the Speed River and known for its trails and Riverside Park which hosts an annual Multicultural festival, Canada Day celebrations and Rotary Ribfest.

The University of Guelph is centrally located in the city and widely known for it’s Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural programs. With a multimillion dollar sports complex, the Guelph Gryphons are sponsors to the minor sports teams in the city.

Today more than 130,000 people call Guelph home.


Nestled on the banks of the Grand, historic Fergus embodies its rich Scottish heritage through its natural limestone buildings, parks and gardens, trail network, unique shops and restaurants.

Fergus is best known for the annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games, held in August. The largest games of its type outside of Scotland and Cape Breton it features competitions in music, dance and “heavy” events.

Over 20,000 people call Fergus home.


The village of Elora is perched on the edge of a spectacular gorge and nestled along the banks of the Grand & Irvine Rivers. The Elora Gorge is one of the most spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. The Elora Quarry is another stunning example of nature with a two acre limestone quarry encircled by sheer cliffs and a tree-covered with places to picnic.

Many original stone buildings from the 1800′s still make up the downtown village centre with lovely shops and restaurants that line the streets.

There are nearly 8,000 people who live in Elora.


The village of Rockwood is located on Highway 7 between Acton and the City of Guelph and is a part of Guelph/Eramosa Township. Rockwood is a vibrant and attractive community to live and work.

Popular attractions include the Rockwood Conservation Area (the Cons as the locals refer to it), the iconic Saunders Bakery, Waterside Park and many shops and restaurants along Main Street.

Rockwood has been growing steadily with a lot of new home contruction. Currently it is home to just over 4,600 people.