When it comes to choosing a place to live, no matter what stage of life you’re at, it’s important to do your research. Whether you’re looking for a vibrant city with lots of nightlife or a quiet, relaxing community, knowing exactly what you want out of a new city can ensure that you can have a long, happy future in your new home.
In the last ten years, Guelph has been consistently ranked in the top 10 safest cities in Canada to live. Thanks to the low crime rate, it’s been ranked by ReadersDigest.ca as the best city in Canada to raise a family, and was ranked the fifth safest city in Canada by Huffington Post Canada in 2016. This makes it not just a great place to raise a family, but a great place for seniors as well.
Despite having a population of about 150,000 in the metropolitan area, Guelph maintains its small-town vibe with a strong sense of community. Various community organizations work together to make the city what it is today, and the community as a whole is giving, generous, and neighbourly
The University of Guelph, located in the centre of this growing city, is one of the biggest employers for the city and has a large student population. It’s consistently ranked in the top medium-sized universities in Canada, the top comprehensive universities in the country and was just ranked third in the world for agriculture, dairy and animal science by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). It has dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs and one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.
The Royal City has a vibrant arts and cultural community, with events happening year-round. Guelph is home to the Civic Museum, Art Gallery of Guelph, McCrae House, and several independent art galleries throughout the city. The River Run Centre is a major destination for plays and musical performances, while bars and music venues around the city host some of the country’s best musical acts.
If the outdoors is a little bit more your speed, Guelph has something for you too! With over 1000 hectares of parks dotted throughout the city, every neighbourhood has somewhere for you to relax, play some basketball, or spend a day with the family. There are also over 70 kilometres of trails and paths to explore, as well as heritage gardens and community recreation centres.
With a wide-ranging public bus system, it’s easy to get from point A to point B, wherever you’re going in the city. And with changes to the system coming in September, 2017, it will be even easier to get where you need to go. Guelph also has a train station with Via Rail and Go Train service, and a Greyhound Bus Station so you can get out of the city easily as well.
Guelph’s location in relation to Ontario and the rest of Canada makes it an ideal place to live. It’s central to the tri-city area (with Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge less than half an hour away), and just an hour west of Toronto. As a result of this location, it’s also easy to get to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, and is only a two-hour drive to the US border. Drive about an hour north and you’re in cottage country!
Guelph is home to some of the best annual festivals and events in the area. The annual Hillside Festival is a three-day music experience on Guelph Lake Island and features some of Canada’s best musicians - and is well-known for being a family-friendly event. Other family festivals throughout the year are Ribfest, Canada Day at Riverside Park, Sparkles in the Park, Riverfest in nearby Elora, and Kazoo! Fest.
For years, Guelph has been recognized for its environmentally-friendly and green approach to development, water, transportation and more. Guelph is one of the most environmentally sustainable cities in Canada, with a state-of-the-art recycling system, groundwater supply, and commitment to using renewable energy wherever possible.
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