Take a walk on the Historical Side of Guelph – VintageGuelph.com

Learn about Guelph’s history on a Historical Walking Tour presented by the Guelph Arts Council.

The 2016 season of Walking tours begin on Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. with Where Guelph Began, which leaves from Juice Inc., 25 Waterloo Avenue, at the corner of Dublin Street.

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The cost is $5 per person in cash to the guide, or online through the guelpharts.ca events calendar. Advance registration is not required.

For over thirty years, Guelph Arts Council has promoted the cultural heritage of Guelph by offering six different walking tours on selected Sundays from April to October (excluding July).

Delivered by a dedicated group of volunteer heritage enthusiasts, the tours are an opportunity for tourists and locals to learn about Guelph’s history while taking in the beautiful architectural and natural features of the city.

Available on each tour, and at Guelph Arts Council and The Bookshelf, are tour-specific booklets of historical information and architectural drawings, perfect for self-guided tours and keepsakes. The booklets are $5 each.

Each tour starts at 2 p.m. and runs approximately two hours. Tours run rain or shine, with cancellations only in extreme weather.

For tour dates, descriptions and departure locations: www.guelpharts.ca/gac-programming#walkingtours or see below.

Historical Walking Tours are sponsored by Downtown Guelph Business Association.

Tour I: WHERE GUELPH BEGAN
April 24, May 29, August 7, and September 11, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from Juice Inc, 25 Waterloo Ave, corner of Dublin Street
This tour encircles the original Market Square area of almost twenty-four acres laid out by John Galt in 1827. Serving as the focal point for Guelph’s early social and business life, the area also contains the sites of many of Guelph’s first buildings.
TOUR II: DOWNTOWN WALKABOUT
May 1, August 14, and September 4, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from Juice Inc, 25 Waterloo Ave, corner of Dublin Street
The present downtown centre of Guelph, with its wide main street, provides a compact walking tour, which includes many buildings and sites of considerable historical and architectural interest.
TOUR III: THE SLOPES OF THE SPEED
May 8, June 5, August 21, and September 18, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk Street
Participants will explore the slopes of the Speed River between Norwich and Macdonell Streets, where many of Guelph’s largest and most distinguished historic homes are located.
TOUR IV: ALTAR AND HEARTH
May 15(lower), June 12 (upper), August 28 (lower) and September 25, 2016(upper)
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Lower tour leaves from Juice Inc, 25 Waterloo Ave, corner of Dublin Street
Upper tour leaves from Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk Street
Visitors will get a glimpse of the Victorian era in Guelph. Covering the area west of Norfolk Street, between Essex Street and London Road, the tour includes several historic stone churches and many historic homes representing a variety of architectural styles.
TOUR V: BROOKLYN AND THE COLLEGE HILL
June 19 and October 2, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Participants will be taken to the south side of the Speed River to explore one of Guelph’s early industrial sections, formerly known as Brooklyn, as well as the College Hill area that developed around the Ontario Agricultural College. The tour includes some of the city’s best examples of masonry and stone carving.
TOUR VI: WARD ONE GUELPH
May 22, June 26 and October 9, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from Tytler School, 131 Ontario Street, Toronto Street entrance (off York Road near York Road park)
This tour of the area southeast of the downtown, between the Speed and Eramosa Rivers, reveals the rich variety of historic architecture and the diversity of peoples who formed Guelph. Particular attention is devoted to residential/industrial proximity and the city’s early Italian community.
Source: Guelph Arts Council News Release and Website
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