Located just over an hour from downtown Toronto, Guelph is a jewel of south-central Ontario. Vibrant, artistic and cultural, students are immediately immersed into traditional and welcoming Canadian culture in a city consistently rated as one of the top 10 desirable living cities. Visitors love the vibrant downtown with its shops and streets lined with Victorian era buildings. Recently, creative cultural tourism has emerged from Guelph’s vital heritage, arts and cultural assets and is based on the idea of offering authentic experiences through shops, festivals, restaurants and markets. Just outside the city lie many more amazing outdoor adventure opportunities, including the Grand River Conservation Area.

Notable features:

• Known as “The Royal City”

• Over 70% of the residents claim origins from the British Isles

• A clean environment, low crime and high standard of living allow Guelph to be consistently rated as one of Canada’s top 10 places to live

• The name Guelph comes from the Italian Guelfo and the BavarianGermanic Welf. It is a reference to the reigning British monarch at the time Guelph was founded, King George IV, whose family was from the House of Hanover, a younger branch of the House of Welf

• Economy is largely manufacturing and educational services

• University of Guelph is highly regarded, holding a high reputation in innovative research-intensive programs

• Sports: 2 Local hockey teams, baseball, lacrosse, football & soccer teams

LocationSouth-central Ontario
Distance from gateway airport100 km west of downtown Toronto
Gateway AirportToronto YYZ
RecreationVibrant downtown


Guelph (Upper Grand) Region: discover the advantages

The Upper Grand District, which encompasses the counties of Wellington and Dufferin, is among Canada’s safest and cleanest regions, offering students an amazing immersion experience. Mixing urban with rural communities, students experience all four of Canada’s season, complete with the festivities and sports. The city of Guelph, the largest urban city in this region, forms part of the “Technology Triangle”, known foremost as the home of RIM (Research in Motion), while nearby Orangeville offers traditional suburban living on the outskirts of the Greater Toronto Area. A culturally rich area with museums and theatres; highly regarded academic institutions from high schools to universities, as well as high-tech industry and professional sports, this region offers a niche experience for any student. 

Outdoor Sports: Boating • Canoeing/kayaking • Cycling • Fishing • Golfing • Hiking • Horseback Riding • Rollerblading • Sailing • Skating • Skiing • Snowboarding • Snowmobiling • Snowshoeing

Recreation for students:  Art Galleries • Coffee shops • Festivals • Libraries • Music Concerts • Museums • Parks • Restaurants (formal and fast food) • Ski Resorts (nearby) • Shopping malls & centres • Sports • Theatre • Youth recreational centres

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Why Upper Grand Region?

• Very picturesque - urban yet safe communities

• Close proximity to larger, urban centres including Toronto

• Few international students

• Schools committed to ensuring each student achieves his/her

 educational programme goal


Programme durations available in this location:

10 months: September to June

5 months:  September to end January // February to end June

4 months:  September to end December // February to end May


Main attractions

  •      Sleeman Centre
  •      Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
  •      Guelph Civic Museum
  •      Guelph Lake
  •      Church of Our Lady Immaculate
  •      Downtown Guelph
  •      Market Square
  •      Movie Theatres


  •      Stone Road Mall
  •      Small stores/boutiques
  •      Vibrant downtown shopping