City of Guelph


Guelph was founded in 1827 and is considered to be one of the first planned towns in Canada.  The location was picked by John Galt and was designed to resemble a European city centre with squares, broad main streets and narrow side streets radiating out from a focal point at the Speed River.  The name “Guelph” was chosen for this new town because it was one of the family names of the British Royal Family and had never been used as a place name before.  To this day, it is still referred to as “The Royal City”.

Guelph has many 'Firsts' to its Name

  1. Guelph was the home of North America’s first cable TV system - McLean Hunter Television - in 1953.
  2. Guelph’s police force had Canada’s first municipal motorcycle patrol and was the first to have two-way car radios.
  3. Guelph City Council set up Canada’s first city manager system.
  4. Guelph had one of Canada’s first militia units of gunners in 1866.
  5. Guelph has home to Canada’s first army cadet corps in 1882.
  6. Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (GCVI) had Canada’s first high school lunch cafeteria.
  7. Guelph is the first and only municipality in the British Commonwealth to own it’s own railway line.
  8. Guelph’s 1460 CJOY was the first Canadian radio station to have a call-in talk show.
  9. Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, founded in 1862, is the oldest school of its kind in the Western hemisphere.

Guelph is also home to some interesting inventions and people!

  • Tim Ryan, the inventor of Five Pin Bowling, was born in Guelph.
  • Guelph Elastic Hosiery invented the jock strap in the 1920’s.
  • Steele’s Wire Spring Company in Guelph invented the wire coat hanger in the 1920’s.
  • Colonel John McCrae, who wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields” was born and raised in Guelph.
  • A research team at the University of Guelph, led by Dr. Gary Johnston, created the Yukon Gold potato, which was licensed in 1980.
  • Sir John A. Macdonald, the 1st prime minister of Canada, owned 50 acres of land in St. Patrick's ward of Guelph is 1854.


Guelph has something for everyone!  Are you looking for family friendly neighbourhoods, investment property, a luxury home or a worry-free condo?  Do you want real estate in Guelph that is close to the local night scene, shopping, parks and trails or are you wishing for a secluded oasis?  Guelph has it all.  

Here are just a few reasons why real estate in Guelph is a great idea:

  • Guelph’s Vibrant Cultural, Art and Social scene
  • Guelph’s Parks and Trails are Extraordinary
  • Guelph’s Landscape and Architecture is Beyond Beautiful
  • Guelph has a Small City Vibe with Big City Amenities
  • Guelph’s Sustainability and Clean Environment
  • Guelph is a University Town

Guelph has topped the list as the city with the most attractive real estate for buyers in Canada

  • Guelph has a Low crime rate
  • Guelph’s Low unemployment rate
  • Over the last decade Guelph has ranked high in a number of categories including:
  • Most attractive city for Investment
  • Best city to buy Real Estate in
  • Most livable city
  • Best elementary schools
  • Best place for newcomers to Canada
  • Safest city

Still not convinced that Real estate in Guelph is a good idea?  I'd love to chat more with you about everything Guelph has to offer.

Contact me at any time:


As a local expert, it is part of my job to ensure that my clients are as educated and prepared as possible when considering a real estate venture.

July's market in the City of Guelph was a SELLER'S market.  Year to date sales volume is at $815,575,764, up 7.32% from the same time frame in 2019.  The average sale price is also up to $593,053 from 2019's number of $530,132.

Click below to download the full version of The City of Guelph Market Report.


Now that you are convinced that Real Estate in Guelph is the way to go, check out some of these great listings and then contact me for your private tours.


Rob Green
The Green Advantage Team