Guelph has become one of the most sought-after places to live. And with communities like The Metalworks nearby, it’s never been a better time to live in the downtown area.
Whether you already live downtown, are planning a move or just stopping by for a visit, here are the best things to do in downtown Guelph.
1) Take in Some History at the Guelph Civic Museum
The Guelph Civic Museum is housed in a beautiful stone building that dates back to 1854. This former convent was beautifully renovated and restored in 2012 and is now home to a LEED-certified museum with exhibitions, programs and special events for the entire family. Learn about the history of the city and take advantage of the free admission between 5pm and 9pm on the fourth Friday of every month.
2) Get a cocktail at Spring Mill Distillery
Conveniently located in the heritage building at The Metalworks Spring Mill Distillery produces some of the finest gin and vodka. Serving its spirits from The Ward Bar at the distillery, this is a great spot to grab a cocktail and share charcuterie with friends. Spring Mill also offers tours of the distillery and sells bottles and merchandise from the gift shop.
3) Catch a Movie and a Book at the Bookshelf
The Bookshelf is a downtown Guelph institution. The bookstore-cinema-cafe-music venue has been central to the Guelph community for over forty years, and visitors could spend hours there. Browse their wide selection of books, magazines and newspapers in the bookstore, grab lunch or a coffee at the cafe next door, and catch an independent movie in the cinema upstairs.
4) Get a View from the Church of Our Lady
The Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate is an imposing feature. It’s a sight to behold in itself, with beautiful stained-glass windows and Gothic Revival-style architecture but walking up the steps to the front of the church also provides amazing views of the city of Guelph. On a clear day, not only can you see the downtown core, but all the way to the University of Guelph and even the edge of the south end of the city.
5) Get Cultured at the Art Centre
If you drive up Gordon Street from the downtown core, you’ll find the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre – now known as the Art Gallery of Guelph. This public art gallery is home to the Sculpture Park – the biggest contemporary outdoor art collection in Canada. Inside, the gallery offers regular special exhibitions showcasing some of the best local, Canadian and international contemporary artists.
Living near downtown Guelph gives you access to these awesome attractions – and more – year-round. Learn more about The Copper Club at The Metalworks by visiting the Presentation Centre: 5 Arthur Street South, Guelph.