Guelph, Ontario

About Guelph

Guelph, home to about 115, 000 people, is consistently rated one of “Canada’s Best Places to Live”, primarily due to the clean environment and high standards of living.


1855 map of guelph

Located in the heart of southern Ontario, the “Royal City”, so called for the royal origins of its name, is a beautiful example of a ‘rural city’. Being one of the first planned cities in Canada, Guelph is characterized by a lovely downtown core, lined with century-old limestone buildings and features of 19th century European urban design, while the city itself is surrounded by beautiful natural vistas.

Guelph is the home of the University of Guelph, which itself has a long and interesting history. One of Canada's top comprehensive universities, U of G is home to the the only planning school in the country focused on rural studies.

Places to Stay in Guelph

CAPS-ACEAU 2010 has rooms blocked at the Days Inn and Best Western hotels.  Please see our Accommodation page for more details.


For a listing of other accommodations in Guelph, please click here.

Restaurants and Bars

The University itself has an exciting variety of restaurants, pubs, and bars, including the Brass Taps and the Bullring on campus. The University also has a full food court in the University Center.


Guelph also has a vibrant nightlife. The downtown area has a number of bars and clubs, including the Albion, Frank & Steins, and the Palace Nightclub.

For a complete list of Guelph restaurant reviews and locations, please click here and for a complete list of Guelph Bars and Nightclubs, click here.

Things to Do in Guelph

Guelph is home to a wide range of activities, which is consequent upon the diversity of its 8672 ha landscape and the diversity of its population. Some urban activities include shopping in the downtown core, sports opportunities, and arts venues like the River Run Centre.


Because of its strategic location along both the Eramosa and Speed rivers, Guelph also has a variety of enjoyable outdoor activities, including the vast network of walking trails and parks. The Grand River Conservation Authority also offers a variety of outdoor activities, including canoeing, fishing, and rock climbing.

Getting To, In and Around

Guelph is located approximately a 45-minute drive from Toronto Pearson International Airport and 1¼ hours by car from downtown Toronto. The Guelph Red Car Shuttle Service offers door-to-door transportation service from the airport to Guelph for $69.00. Alternatively there is a VIA Rail station, a Greyhound bus station and a Go Transit bus station located in the heart of downtown Guelph, ten minutes drive away from the University of Guelph.  From downtown Guelph, bus numbers 51, 52 and 54 travel to the university every 20 minutes.  See Guelph Transit for more information.


VIA Rail is a CAPS-ACEAU 2010 transportation partner offering special fares from various cities throughout the VIA system to Guelph, Ontario and return.  The offer is valid from February 3rd to 7th, 2010.

RESTRICTIONS: One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business Class only, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place at Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa only. Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers only.

DISCOUNT: 10% off best available fare in Economy Class / Business or Sleeper Class.

EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in Economy Special fare (YS) or Business Supersaver (JX)

IDENTIFICATION: Participants will reference the events VIA confirmation number 11874.

How to Book Online: Once you have logged in to your profile, or created one if you didn’t have one, start your reservation. On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention rate" from the Discount Type drop-down box, and enter the discount code for your convention or event in the Discount code box. The conference rate will be shown on the next page.

Parking is available at the hotels as well as in the parking lot in the southwest corner of campus in the parking lots P14/15. Parking attendants will be selling day parking passes at a special daily rate of $10.50 between 8:00 am and 10:00 am on Thursday February 4th and Friday February 6th. Parking is free on Saturday February 6th. There will be signage directing attendees to this location and parking volunteers will be dressed in bright orange T-shirts. Please arrive with exact cash for the parking, as debit cards or credit cards will not be accepted. For periods shorter than five hours, parking is available at various parking meters around campus.


Conference activities will take place in the Landscape Architecture Building, MacKinnon Building, East Townhall, Thornbrough Building, University Centre (UC), the Science Complex and Brass Taps Bar (in University Centre), all on the University of Guelph campus.  The conference closing party will take place at the Albion Hotel in downtown Guelph.  Click on the links for location details.  Signage for the CAPS-ACEAU 2010 conference will help you get around and an army of volunteers who will all be dressed in bright orange t-shirts will be happy to assist you.

Visit the Conference Map page.

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