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Guelph is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Known as "The Royal City", Guelph is roughly 28 kilometres (17 mi) east of Kitchener-Waterloo and 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of downtown Toronto at the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 7. It is the seat of Wellington County, but as a separated municipality it is not part of the county.

The name Guelph comes from the Italian 'Gwelf' and the Bavarian-Germanic 'Welf'. It is a reference to King George IV (monarch at the time of the its founding, whose family was from the House of Welf) and a tongue in cheek reference to the then ascendant German population in neighbouring 'Berlin';(Guelph being the name given to the northern Italian factions who opposed the reign of the "Holy Roman Empire", i.e. medieval Germany, in the 12th to 16th centuries). Because of its low crime rates, clean environment and generally high standard of living, Guelph is consistently rated as one of the country's best places to live.

Culture

Historic sites

Downtown Guelph: Many downtown streets are lined with Victorian era buildings, which are now well over a century old.
Guelph Civic Museum, a museum located near Downtown Guelph. At Guelph Civic Museum one can find pictures, films and other antique materials related to the historic development of the City of Guelph at a 1850- three-story Guelph limestone building.

National Historic Sites

Guelph City Hall, a formal, classical civic building; built in 1856-57.
McCrae House, home of John McCrae, author of "In Flanders Fields".
Church of Our Lady Immaculate, a Roman Catholic church designed by Joseph Connolly, located downtown, is a local landmark.

Outdoor attractions

Most of the natural attractions of Guelph are located beside the two rivers which pass inside the city, Speed River and Eramosa River.

Guelph Lake
University of Guelph Arboretum
Riverside Park, located beside the Speed River at north of Guelph
York Road Park
Hanlon Creek Park (Preservation Park)
Royal City Park and Wellington Street nature sites
Exhibition Park (the oldest park in Guelph)

Arts facilities

The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre serves the community by providing a balanced program of temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historical art, craft and design drawn from regional, national and international sources. As the major public collection in this area, the collection is presented through specialized exhibitions.

The Bookshelf Ebar Art Space showcases monthly exhibits of local and regional artists. It functions as Guelph's main alternative art space located in the downtown core.

Ed Video Media Arts Centre is one of Canada's leading artist-run centres devoted to the proliferation and appreciation of Canadian media art and film, and is the main driving force behind a growing movement of professional filmmakers within the region. Ed Video carries out an ongoing monthly programming schedule of regional and national media art.

The River Run Centre, opened in 1997, serves as Guelph's premier performing arts centre. Encompassing three separate halls (including Canada Company Hall, Co-operators Hall, and the 785-seat Main Stage), River Run has played host to corporate functions, as well as dramatic and musical performances.

The Guelph Youth Music Centre is a permanent facility in which Guelph youth can participate in music and arts education and activities. In 1992, the former Heritage Seed Company along the Speed River was purchased by the City of Guelph and turned over to the GYMC under a long-term lease. Following an extensive renovation, GYMC opened their new facility in September 2001. The Centre includes a beautiful 180-seat Recital Hall, a dance studio and 15 rehearsal and teaching studios. The Centre provides a forum for affordable leadership, teaching, rehearsal and performance for hundreds of local music and arts students.

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