From sparkling rivers surrounding historical buildings to a burgeoning craft beer and food scene, a stay in Guelph, Ontario feels like an adventure that took you way longer than a quick rip from Toronto. Just an hour-and-a-half drive (without traffic) from downtown T.O. and your lowering cortisol levels will thank you for making the trek.
Speaking of less stress, the See YoU in Guelph program wants to give you spending money for your trip to the Royal City. From now until October 15, when you book a consecutive two-night stay at participating Guelph accommodations (for stays from September 1 to December 31, 2021) you'll receive a $100 VISA gift card. So drinks on you, right?
There are tons of fun things to do in Guelph, from museums to farmers' markets and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy all year round. Start your staycation with a stroll through downtown Guelph, where grand limestone buildings, murals and charming local shops greet you with a friendly, welcoming vibe — as if you've been part of the neighbourhood for years.
Make sure to arrive hungry (and thirsty) because there are lots of amazing restaurants and cafés all within walking distance of each other: Sugo on Surrey, Bin 23, Vienna Restaurant, Baker Street Station and Miijidaa Café + Bistro to name a few. Whether you're looking for Italian flare, Canadian cooking or a homey establishment that feels like it's been there since the early 1900s (because it has), there's a plate and a place for you and your crew.
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Craft beer lovers will fit right in. There are four main craft breweries that are a must: Wellington Brewery (the OG), Royal City Brewing (fun, approachable), Fixed Gear Brewing (small batch, Junction hotspot) and Brother's Brewing Company (creative community hub). Make a tour out of it and spend the day hopping around to all four.
Way more than just a university town, Guelph is made up of diverse neighbourhoods that have something for every type of traveller. Nature lovers will find the north end's parks, trails and forests a breath of fresh air, literally. While foodies could spend all day in the hip west end, sipping pints of craft beer and exploring hidden-gem eateries. Looks like it's going to be a quiet car ride back home...
Visit exploreguelph.ca/seeyouinguelph to book two nights at participating accommodations and get $100.