Guelph, Ontario: Visit and Explore

Guelph, Ontario: Visit and Explore

We are so excited about our new Guelph, Ontario Sure Hair location in the Old Quebec Street Mall! We wanted to show our patients, what exactly Guelph has to offer and why you should consider doing a hair transplant in Guelph, with our experienced Sure Hair staff. Here are a few highlights.


Donkey sanctuary

Yes, you read that right. There is a donkey sanctuary in Guelph. The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada has been open since 1992. It has been a refuge for donkeys, mules and hinnies who have been neglected or abused, or who can no longer be cared for by their owners. The Sanctuary Farm and their satellite Foster Farms have provided a safe home for rescued animals for years. They are a not-for-profit charity, funded entirely by private donations. Currently they house 86 equines (donkeys, mules and hinnies belong to the equine family) at the main farm and 40 are in care at the foster farms. They are also advocates for humane education, and provide a number of education programs to all elementary and high school grade levels. The sanctuary is open 10AM-3PM on Sundays from May to October and on Wednesdays from July to August1.

The Guelph Arboretum

The Guelph Arboretum is located at the University of Guelph. It is modelled after the after the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, which was founded in 18722.  The Arboretum was founded in 1970, is open all year round to the public from dawn to dusk. The Arboretum is home to more than 2,000 different taxa of woody plants and there are approximately 73,500 visitors per year. It is used for teaching and research, specifically with the University of Guelph. The Arboretum is integral to many undergraduate courses, and acts as a ‘living laboratory’, providing support, expertise, and a wide variety of plants species and environments. The Arboretum offers workshops and other programs aimed at the general public, with the goal of helping to connect people with plants and nature. Additionally, it is also a popular place for weddings, dinner theatre or memorial services3.

The River Run Centre

The River Run Centre is a performing arts center in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. It was opened on October 4, 1997. It has three halls: The Main Hall, which can seat 785, The Co-operators Hall, which seats 225 and The Canada Company Hall4. The building overlooks the picturesque Speed River in the heart of historic downtown Guelph. The River Run Center is open from Monday to Saturday 11AM to 6PM. Box Office will also open for 2 hours prior to the scheduled start of ticketed events.

The Art Gallery of Guelph

The Art Gallery of Guelph is a public gallery and adjoining Sculpture Park in Guelph. It is located on the corner of Gordon Street and College Avenue. It has a permanent collection of over 9,000 works which is a focus of research, publishing, educational programs, and touring exhibitions5. The Art Gallery of Guelph is a non-profit charitable organization. It has three sponsors, the University of Guelph, the City of Guelph, and the Upper Grand District School Board. It is 31,000 square foot building comprising seven gallery spaces on two floors. There are three open-concept galleries on the main floor, including a central clerestory gallery. The second floor boasts three uniquely configured gallery spaces, as well as a lecture room, large-scale art storage, and an art studio5. The focus of The Art Gallery of Guelph is on contemporary exhibition programming featuring international and national artists as well as the curation of exhibitions highlighting the work of evolving to recognized regional artists. It has a large variety of Canadian art, an expansive Inuit art collection and many other unique pieces. In 1926, the Ontario Agricultural College (affiliated with the University of Guelph since 1964) purchased a painting by Tom Thomson called The Drive (c. 1916), which marked the start of the collection and is now one of the gallery’s most renowned works.

The Rockwood Conservation Area

Rockwood Park or The Rockwood Conservation Area is a conservation area near Guelph, Ontario6. It has over 65,000 visitors a year, and is open May 1 to Thanksgiving. The geological attractions of the park, as well as the historic ruins of the Rockwood Woolen M ills are highlights of this conservation area. A large restoration of the mill ruins was completed over the winter of 2010, allowing it to be open to the public for the 2011 season. A few specific features that are a part of the environment at the Rockwood conservation area include glacier bluffs, potholes, caves and some of the oldest dated trees in Ontario.


Royal Recreational Trail 

This is a six-section trail system which is 2.5 metres wide. It runs through most major parks, school sites and open spaces within the City of Guelph. The trail is ideal for walking, cycling and cross-country skiing, and limited areas are wheelchair accessible7.

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and parish church in Guelph, Ontario, Canada it has a Gothic Revival style building. It was designed by Joseph Connolly and is considered Connolly’s best work8. The church was built between 1875 and 1883 to serve as a Roman Catholic parish of predominantly German settlers in what we know as the Guelph area today. In 1827 on April 23, John Galt founded Guelph, Ontario. He then assigned the highest point in the centre of the newly founded town to Roman Catholics as a compliment to his friend, Bishop Alexander Macdonell. Bishop Macdonell had given him advice on forming the Canada Company. In the Guelph Public Library archives there is a statement from Galt in the deed transferring the land on which the Church of Our Lady would one day stand, “On this hill would one day rise a church to rival St. Peter’s in Rome”9.  The church was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 19908. Pope Francis designated the church a basilica on December 8th, 20148.

We, at Sure Hair, are so excited to discover this city with you, come visit us at the location in the Old Quebec Street Mall!

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