30 Facts About Guelph


Guelph is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.

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Guelph began as a settlement in the 1820s, established by Scotsman John Galt, who was in Upper Canada as the first Superintendent of the Canada Company.

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Guelph based the headquarters, and his home, in the community.

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Many years, Guelph ranked at or near the bottom of Canada's crime severity list.

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Guelph has been noted as having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country throughout the Great Recession.

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Guelph selected Guelph as the headquarters of this British development firm.

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Guelph's design intended the town to resemble a European city centre, complete with squares, broad main streets and narrow side streets, resulting in a variety of block sizes and shapes which are still in place today.

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Name Guelph comes through the Italian Guelfo from the Bavarian-Germanic Welf.

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Guelph returned to Great Britain penniless and was imprisoned because he was unable to pay his debts.

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Guelph was incorporated as a town in 1855 and the first mayor elected was John Smith.

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Guelph was not very successful, and never did reach Owen Sound as planned, partly because of stiff competition from the Northern Railway of Canada as well as the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway.

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Guelph was incorporated as a city in 1879 with a Special Act of the Ontario legislature.

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Guelph was one of 13 municipalities that helped to create the provincial entity that became Ontario Hydro.

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Guelph was the home of North America's first cable TV system.

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Guelph has several buildings on the National Historic Sites of Canada register: the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, McCrae House and Old City Hall.

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The Ontario Agricultural College, the oldest part of the University of Guelph, began in 1874 as an associate agricultural college of the University of Toronto.

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Redevelopment plan for Downtown Guelph had been discussed by Council since 2007 and was finalized as the 2018 Baker District redevelopment project.

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Downtown Guelph is situated above the confluence of the Speed River and the Eramosa River, which have numerous tributaries.

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Guelph has received government funding for expansion that would create additional jobs, most recently in 2015 and in 2018 .

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Guelph is very attractive to the agri-food and biotechnology market sector, according to the city.

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City of Guelph's published 2016 data was sorting occupations in a different manner.

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Two Guelph companies were among the 2018 winners of the Waterloo Area's Top Employers competition.

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Guelph was the third fastest-growing city in Ontario, with a 5-year growth of 8.

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Guelph was home to a major correctional institution from 1911 until 2001, originally the Ontario Reformatory with subsequent names including Wellington Detention Centre and, after 1972, Guelph Correctional Centre.

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The City of Guelph had not bought the site for the planned Guelph Innovation District, as it initially considered doing, because of the potential financial risk.

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Guelph is served by a growing library system composed of a main library located in the downtown core, five branches and a Bookmobile.

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Guelph's facility had a score of 78 in 2017, notably better than the national average of 91.

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Guelph was the first municipality in Canada to have its own federally chartered railway, the Guelph Junction Railway.

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Today, Guelph has a thriving indie rock scene, which has spawned some of Canada's more well-known indie bands, many of which are highlighted in the annual Kazoo Festival.

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Guelph is home to the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and two yearly classical music festivals.

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