Families and those who prefer a laid-back pace enjoy communities like peaceful Exhibition Park, well-kept Kortright Hills, and tight-knit Grange Hill East. These neighbourhoods feature lush greenery, maintained landscapes, and pedestrian-friendly streets. While Exhibition Park is a highly walkable community, Kortright Hills and Grange Hill East are best explored while driving.
Young couples tend to frequent areas like diverse York District, tranquil Two Rivers, and trendy Westminster Woods for the convenience, close community ties, green spaces, and daily comforts afforded in these communities. These neighbourhoods are best accessed with vehicles. The Old University neighbourhood is a walkable neighbourhood with great transit access, home to established families as well as students.
Each area of the city has its own distinct feel. Exhibition Park is the city’s activity hub, as it plays host to several events including the. Kortright Hills is a welcoming and peaceful family neighbourhood, while Guelph’s east end is home to the popular Grange Hill East neighbourhood and amenities including a quintessential drive-in movie theatre and the Guelph Lake Conservation Area.
York District is close to outdoor amenities like parks and green spaces, and Two Rivers caters to fitness enthusiasts, and offers gorgeous views of Speed River. Westminster Woods is home to the beautiful Westminster Woods Park, and Conservation Area, while Old University offers a unique blend of historic charm, urban convenience, and community pride. It’s also where the Guelph Arboretum is located. Riverside Park is a favourite for those with active lifestyles, as it’s home to several trails and outdoor recreation.
In the city’s downtown core is where you’ll find the urbanites, young professionals, student crowd, foodies, and art lovers. The city centre is lined with plenty of local and independent restaurants that feature a range of cuisines, as well as a number of venues showcasing live music. The arts and culture scene in Guelph is a thriving one that welcomes residents of all backgrounds to partake, as the downtown plays host to several festivals year round, embracing the cultural diversity in the area.
The Old University neighbourhood in the southern area of town is home to the University of Guelph, which draws in residents from across the province, country, and world—from students to staff and faculty. The university area is a vibrant community with unique real estate, from charming century builds to new construction. Across from the Eramosa River and close to greenspaces including The Arboretum, as well as hiking trails, the neighbourhood around University of Guelph is perfect for people with active lifestyles. It’s also close to transit (including the GO Transit station), popular eateries, parks, entertainment, and more.
In the City of Guelph, there is something for everyone—no matter what your ideal lifestyle looks like.