190 Things To Do in Guelph

Written By: Caitlin C

Here it is Guelph!  The world’s longest blog post…. I mean the top 190 Things To Do in Guelph in honour of celebrating Guelph190.

We know there are always lots of things to do in Guelph, but we have created this list of our favourite 190 activities.   We’re always wanting to get out and explore our great city some more, so if you don’t see your favourite thing to do listed then please share it with us!

□ 1. Take a #guelphie (and share with @visitguelph)

□ 2. Tour one of the many local breweries and learn how your favourite brew is made

□ 3. Visit all the members of the #StationaryCrew (@TheGuelphCrew) Guelph’s crew of public art icons

□ 4. Take a picture of the most iconic Guelph attraction – Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

□ 5. Enjoy a meal inspired by Canadian history at Miijidaa Café + Bistro

□ 6. Create something at Play with Clay

□ 7. Stroll The Arboretum trails and gardens

□ 8. Catch a flick at The Bookshelf

□ 9. Tour the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate and take in the intriguing architecture

□ 10. Hear live music at one of the many music venues downtown

□ 11. Take a downtown ‘café crawl’ (It’s easy enough, with a variety of cafes to stop in on each street in downtown)

□ 12. Visit the Art Gallery of Guelph

□ 13. Brunch at With the Grain

□ 14. Reflect at McCrae House

□ 15. See live jazz at manhattans pizza bistro. music club (and drink a cocktail!)

□ 16. Order a beer sampling paddle at The Wooly

□ 17. Shop your way through Stone Road Mall

□ 18. Get your chocolate fix at York Rd Kitchen & Chocolate Bar

□ 19. Create a masterpiece at Guelph School of Art

□ 20. Hit the Royal Recreation Trails

□ 21. Check out Heritage Hall and learn about the Guelph Black Heritage Society

□ 22. Celebrate Canada150, Guelph190 at the Guelph Civic Museum

□ 23. Mix Guelph’s history with the culinary world on a Taste DeTour

□ 24. Visit the Guelph Farmers’ Market, a fixture in Guelph for 190 years

□ 25. Check out Crtl V Virtual Reality Arcade to give your senses a thrill

□ 26. Complete the Steeplechase

□ 27. Take a step back in time at the Hammond Museum of Radio

□ 28. Test your knowledge out of the many escape rooms

□ 29. Jump as high as the sky at AirU Indoor Trampoline Park

□ 30. Cat lover? Cuddle up with a kitty and a cup of joe at the Kitty Café

□ 31. Let the little ones explore at Tiny Town

□ 32. Experience Canada’s first Ocean Float Room Experience at Moksha Yoga

□ 33. Solve ‘who did it’ at the Aberfoyle Mill Murder Mystery Dinner

□ 34. Visit Canada’s oldest independently owned microbrewery, Wellington Brewery

□ 35. Visit Guelph’s first distillery Dixons Distilled Spirits

□ 36. Enjoy a Sunday crepe breakfast at Atmosphere Café + etc

□ 37. Buy a Guelph souvenir at the Hilltop Shop at the Civic Museum

□ 38. Watch an authentic Tandoori oven in action at Spice Roots

□ 39. Grab a drink at The Albion Hotel – the keepers of Canada’s second oldest liquor license

□ 40. Throw an axe at Riot Axe

□ 41. Stroll Old Quebec Street Shoppes for the one of a kind find

□ 42. Ride the bull at The Stampede Ranch or Western Burgers and Steaks

□ 43. Eat at Baker Street Station – featured on You Gotta Eat Here in 2015

□ 44. What could be more fitting of Canada’s 150th than curling at the Curling Club

□ 45. Enjoy a delicious pizza cooked in an authentic Italian wood burning oven at Buon Gusto

□ 46. Explore Creative Edge for the perfect home décor item

□ 47. Twist and slide down the waterslide at the Fairfield Inn and Suites

□ 48. Dine at the Vienna Restaurant, a staple in Guelph for over 100 years

□ 49. Check out Planet Bean’s roastery at the Grange Road location

□ 50. Visit the Barber Gallery, family owned for 25 years

□ 51. Stroll down Douglas Street and spot the filming locations of Murdoch Mysteries

□ 52. Take in a comedy improv show with The Making Box

□ 53. Play a board game at The Round Table or The Boardroom Café

□ 54. Buy a book from The Bookshelf, Guelph’s oldest book store

□ 55. Learn at a workshop hosted by The Arboretum

□ 56. Enjoy international cuisine in the Ward; Laza’s EthiopeanNa Ha Thai’s Kitchen, Greek Garden

□ 57. Stroll over the historic Heffernan Street Bridge

□ 58. Learn about Guelph’s athletic talent at the Sports Hall of Fame at the Sleeman Centre

□ 59. Take a #guelphie with Locomotive 6167

□ 60. Get spooked on a Ghost Walk of Guelph

□ 61. Learn how to make authentic Italian meals at La Cucina Di Natalina Cooking School

□ 62. Go for a swim in Guelph Lake

□ 63. Ride the antique carousel or miniature train at Riverside Park

□ 64. Cycle out to the Guelph Lake Conservation Area on the trails

□ 65. Play the Magnolia Disc Golf Course at The Arboretum

□ 66. Tour the Ontario Vet College during College Royal

□ 67. Take a hike at Starkey Hill

□ 68. Paddle the Speed River with Speed River Paddling

□ 69. Climb the 100 steps from the Ward to St. George’s ParkCoG Tourism Winter MArket-88

□ 70. Market Square is fun year round. Take a skate in the winter or a splash in the sun

□ 71. Snap a pic of the Covered Bridge

□ 72. Visit the John McCrae statue at the Civic Museum

□ 73. Count the steps to the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

□ 74. Visit the flower clock and Dutch Windmill in Riverside Park

□ 75. Go antiquing at the Aberfoyle Antique Market

□ 76. Do a scavenger hunt of the sculpture park at the Art Gallery of Guelph

□ 77. Rent a bike from Speed River Bicycle and explore Guelph on two wheels

□ 78. Cheer on our boys of summer – The Guelph Royals!

□ 79. Celebrate Aboriginal Day in Market Square on June 21

□ 80. Cheer on the Guelph Storm, our local OHL team at the Sleeman Centre

□ 81. Gather around the bandshell at Royal City Park to see the Guelph Pipe Band rehearse

□ 82. Test your indoor climbing skills on the walls at The Guelph Grotto

□ 83. Ever seen a Wonkie? Check out Masterpiece – Wonkies and Art Gallery

□ 84. Weather dampening your golf game? Keep on swinging at Jarzies Indoor Simulated Golf

□ 85. Learn more about Guelph’s diverse historic neighborhood’s on one of the Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours

□ 86. Watch a roller derby game with Guelph’s own, the Royal City Roller Girls

□ 87. Find your way out of the Corn Maze at Strom’s Farm & Bakery

□ 88. Put your hand inside of a cow at College Royal Open House

□ 89. Eat your way around the world at the Guelph Multicultural Festival

□ 90. Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the Canada Day Festivities at Riverside Park

□ 91. Bring your board, scooter or skates to Guelph’s newest skate park

□ 92. Meet the artist at the 15th Annual Art on the Street in June

□ 93. Grab a chair, blanket and snuggle up for the outdoor Movies in the Square all summer long

□ 94. Enjoy a Noon Hour Concert every Friday in June and July

□ 95. Find your inner peace at the Zen Garden at The Arboretum

□ 96. Meet the makers at Fair November

□ 97. Take a self-guided historical walking tour of the University of Guelph campus

□ 98. Explore on the artisan tour at the Woodlawn Memorial Park

□ 99. Discover the Old Growth Forest at Ignatius Jesuit Centre

□ 100. Wait for the big guy at the Guelph Community Santa Claus Parade

□ 101. Join the party at Founders’ Day Celebrations

□ 102. Celebrate Guelph’s rivers at the 2Rivers Festival

□ 103. Watch food skills demos and sample fresh local food at the 12th Annual Local Food Fest

□ 104. Cheer on the athletes at the World Dwarf Games

□ 105. Enjoy the free shows downtown at the Guelph Jazz Festival

□ 106. Watch performances in local parks, studios and theaters at Guelph Dance Festival

□ 107. Grab a double scoop cone at The Boathouse

□ 108. Explore Guelph’s historic buildings during Doors Open Guelph

□ 109. Browse the work of over 50 potters at The Guelph Potters Market

□ 110. Bring the family to the Festa on Ferguson, Festival Italiano

□ 111. Connect with artists on The Guelph Studio Tour

□ 112. It’s family fun all day on John Galt Day

□ 113. With a hot cocoa in hand walk through Sparkles in the Park

□ 114. Snap a pic of the Family Fountain in St. George’s Square

□ 115. Go inside the Rutherford Conservatory and Gardens Greenhouse at the University of Guelph

□ 116. Attend Kazoo! Fest in April

□ 117. The Guelph Armoury, built in 1906, has impressive exterior gothic features that impress

□ 118. Watch the world’s best at the Speed River Inferno

□ 119. Celebrate all that is ‘veggie’ at  Vegfest Guelph

□ 120. Snap a shot of the beautiful fall foliage at The Arboretum

□ 121. Reflect at Woodlawn Memorial Park, the 160 year old cemetery where John McCrae’s family is buried

□ 122. Peruse Canada’s largest cookbook and theatre archives collection at the University of Guelph

□ 123. Explore Guelph by playing ‘Stepping into 150’. Get your card at the Civic Museum

□ 124. Love Australian Football? Catch a Grand River Gargoyles (AFLOntario) game at Margaret Greene Park

□ 125. Watch the turkey dance when you get 3 strikes at Woodlawn Bowl

□ 126. Check out one of the world’s first documentary film festivals, the Guelph Film Festival

□ 127. Foster an appreciation for nature by learning more at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre

□ 128. Explore the 150 year old ruins located alongside the Speed river at Goldie Mill Park

□ 129. Take in the aromas and flavours of a traditionally influenced French Bakery, Eric the Baker

□ 130. Drink a pint of local beer on a patio

□ 131. For 50 years, the DeCorso Family has run Guelph’s premier Golf Courses – tee off at either Victoria Park East or Valley Golf Club

□ 132. Deemed a ‘timeless classic in Guelph’ Rocky’s 12inch hotdogs are not to be missed

□ 133. Did you know Guelph has an Airpark? Eat a classic diner meal while surrounded by airplanes for an uplifting experience

□ 134. Looking to play a round of mini golf? Check out Club 6

□ 135. Play a game of bubble soccer – it’s fun for youth and adults

□ 136. Join the second oldest recreational sporting club in Guelph for a round of lawn bowling

□ 137. Tour Guelph’s most beautiful gardens on the annual Garden Showcase Tour

□ 138. Take drop-in dance lessons at Flying Dance Company downtown

□ 139. High five Stormy and Spyke at a Guelph Storm Game

□ 140. Check out an interactive onfarm butchery class at Thatcher Farms

□ 141. Try for a hole-in-one at Springfield Golf and Country Club

□ 142. Buy some candy you can’t find anywhere else at Sweet!

□ 143. Attend a Guelph Symphony Orchestra concert

□ 144. Guelph Little Theatre has been entertaining Guelphites since 1935

□ 145. Enjoy afternoon tea at the McCrae House from June to August

□ 146. Dine at 39 Carden Street where head Chef Becky competed on Chopped Canada

□ 147. Party like the locals ‘on the island’ at Hillside Festival

□ 148. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the River Run Centre by taking in a show

□ 149. Catch a double feature at the Mustang Drive-In Theatre

□ 150. Come to ‘Ribberside Park’ and taste your way through the annual Ribfest

□ 151. Watch for food trucks popping up around the city. Follow @GuelphFoodTruck on twitter for updates

□ 152.  “Take It Away” at the Dragonboat Races happening at Guelph Lake in July

□ 153.  Find your inner peace at the Enabling Garden in Riverside Park

□ 154. Check out Guelph’s oldest highschool and where John McCrae attended – GCVI

□ 155.  Find the Peace Pole in Woodlawn Memorial Park

□ 156.  Learn about the Ignatius Farm Ecosystem on Farm Open Days

□ 157.  Track down the Garbasauras at Royal City Park

□ 158.  Venture just outside of Guelph to the Wellington Country Market where you can visit with the miniature ponies and donkies

□ 159.  Play at the award winning all-natural playground at Exhibition Park

□ 160. Play a board game with your brunch at The Cornerstone

□ 161.  While celebrating 190 years of Guelph history, be sure to take in a lecture at the Civic Museum or the University of Guelph

□ 162. Use the 3D printer at the Guelph Public Library, Main branch

□ 163. Walk the trails throughout the city and find the Fairy Doors hidden among the trees

□ 164.  Learn a bit about the Sleeman history and brewing while on a tour of the Sleeman Brewery.

□ 165.  Rock out at a concert , like Simple Plan in September,  at the Guelph Concert Theatre.

□ 166.  Take a wet and wild ride down a 200ft water slide at Emerald Lake.

□ 167.  Take star gazing to a whole new level with a tour and look through the Physics Department Observatory Telescope.

□ 168. Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation by bringing your family and friends to the library’s East Side branch  Canada 150 Block Party on June 17.

□ 169.  Celebrate Father’s Day and Ontario Craft Beer Week with a Father’s Day Ale Trail craft beer bus tour on June 18

□ 170.  Take a Taste Real Rural Romp through Guelph and Wellington County this fall

□ 171.  Start your downtown exploration on the charming Quebec Street

□ 172.  Grab your one of a kind coffee in an ice cream cone at Balzacs

□ 173.  Play a round of pool at the Real Deal Sportsbar or Tony’s Billards

□ 174. Camp out and paint The Cannon on the UofG campus

□ 175.  Life in the Highway performer Tom Cochrane will be driving in the fast lane to Guelph’s River Run Centre on March 18

□ 176.  Take a tour and tasting of Cox Creek Cellars every Sunday at 2pm

□ 177.  Be delighted by the small batch, hand crafted ice cream and frozen treats created by Bluewater Creamery available at the Guelph Farmers’ Market

□ 178. Ghost Island Light is renowned Canadian Playwright Peter Colley’s brand new comedic thriller and will take the Guelph Little Theatre stage in April 2018.

□ 179. Get your slurp on at Crafty Ramen

□ 180.  Check out the old school house turned Cycling Studio that connects fitness to technology- The Guelph Bike Shed

□ 181.  Stop by The Royal Garrison and test your arm at the 60ft archery range, or on a shorter weapon throwing range.

□ 182. Sign up for an Aerial Yoga Class at Maha Pura Yoga Studio

□ 183. The Guelph Model Railway Society has been around since 1968, be sure to visit them at the open house

□ 184.  Grab your toboggan,  sled, or snowboard and hit the slopes of many Guelph hills this winter

□ 185.  Take a swim or class at the newly revamped Victoria Road Recreation Centre (reopening summer 2017)

□ 186.   Let the kids burn some energy at Funmazing. They have a climbing structure, arcade games, car track and more

□ 187.   Book a night and be one of the over 20,000 guests that have stayed at the London House Bed and Breakfast

□ 188. Celebrate the holiday season at the annual Guelph Farmers’ Market Night Market

□ 189.  Keep up with the Royal City lifestyle be subscribing and reading the Visit Guelph blog – visitguelph.blog

□ 190. Snap a selfie with the Mayor. You can find Mayor Cam Guthrie out and about at many of Guelph’s events

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