Known as “The Royal City”, Guelph is quickly becoming known as an exceptional place to experience food. It’s success is deeply rooted in the entrepreneurial spirit of its people and tradition of innovation.

What was once a ‘University Town’ has evolved into a cultural hub of the area and the food doesn’t disappoint. The long standing history of respect for agriculture and the local landscape has created some very unique businesses and innovators.

  1. Guelph is home to not one, not two but three amazing craft breweries. Hop heads should definitely make a stop at Wellington Brewery, F&M Brewery and Royal City Brewing Company for a taste.
  2. Get a dose of fresh air amongst the towering tress at the University of Guelph Arboretum. Around every tree is a new discovery.
  3. If traveling in July, rain or shine, The Hillside Festival is the place to be for indie music in Ontario. The music fest turns 32 this year — and promises the same great music and food. Past edibles include a Wellington County favorite: ice cream from Mapleton’s Organic!
  4. Breakfast, lunch or dinner — a meal at Artisinale is a memorable affair. Inspired by french techniques and local ingredients, Chef Yasser doesn’t disappoint. Finish your weekend with dinner and a glass of local, organic wine here.
  5. If you’re spending the night, we recommend booking at The Breadalbane Inn, just down the road in Fergus. This boutique hotel has seven deluxe suites and four vintage suites on offer and serves a beautiful, locally sourced breakfast.

BONUS: Can you say “Donkey Sanctuary of Canada“? Over 70 donkeys, mules and hinnies call this sanctuary home. These cuties are just waiting for you to visit!

For more delicious this to do in Guelph, visit: VisitGuelphWellington.ca


Originally published as part of the Perfect Weekends series on OntarioCulinary.com

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