I grew up in Guelph and recently, after living in the GTA for quite a few years, we made the decision to return. This was a big decision for us, a scary decision, a decision that caused some worry and stress. A city change, a school change and change in basic culture from big city to less big city.
Now that we are here, I can tell you that moving back was the best decision we could have made. There is always so much going on, just check the events calendar on the city’s website and you’ll be amazed! Parks, museums, community events, art centres, fantastic restaurants, everything you ever wanted can be found right here! It’s the perfect mix of quiet smaller town with the same big city perks.
We definitely love where we live!
One of the things we love the most about our new city is that it is such a family friendly place to be. There are so many wonderful things to do around town that both parents and kiddies alike will enjoy; you’ll never have a dull moment.
Our kids love dropping in at Play with Clay, a beautiful little pottery studio nestled right in the heart of downtown Guelph. They scan the shelves with excitement to see what neat pottery pieces are available to paint and then they settle in at one of the many tables ready to get creative and maybe even a little messy. They will happily paint away for hours, no whining, no fighting it’s just pure artistic bliss! It’s our go to place when we are looking for fun activities to do on a rainy or cold day.
If our kids need to run around and burn off some energy then Riverside Park it is! A stunning park complete with a fully accessible playground, merry go round, train ride and paddle boats. The rides are seasonal but the park is open year round. The playground is fantastic, tons of slides, climbers, monkey bars and swings for kids to let off some steam. If you’re heading there in the summer pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the many picnic tables. Bring a blanket, a ball and some snacks and you can end up spending the entire day! It is one of the most amazing parks I have been to.
In the summertime if we are looking to cap off our day with a little treat we always make a stop at The Boathouse for one of their gigantic ice cream cones. One side of The Boathouse contains their famous delicious ice cream and other side is a cozy tea room where you can enjoy a nice cuppa and tasty snack. It’s such a great location, right beside the river, you can watch the canoes glide by, feed the ducks or let the kids run off their sugar rush in the cute little park across the street.
It’s not hard to fall in love with Guelph, just one visit and you’ll fall hard! I couldn’t dream of a better city for my family and I to live. These are just some of the neat little things that make me love where I live!
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