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View city history on walking tours

The Guelph Arts Council’s Historical Walking Tours are now in full swing.
From April to October, the council offers six different tours exploring local neighbourhoods and the city’s history. The next tour, called Ward One Guelph, runs Sunday May 25, but the following is a complete list of upcoming tours:
• Where Guelph Began – exploring Guelph’s original market square area, almost 24 acres laid out by John Galt in 1827 – takes place June 1, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14.
• Downtown Walkabout – covering the historic architecture of present downtown Guelph – Aug. 17 and Sept. 7.
• Slopes of the Speed – looking at the area close to the Speed River where many distinguished historical homes are located – June 8, Aug. 24 and Sept. 21.
• Altar and Hearth – a glimpse into churches and homes of the Victorian era, offered in two parts – June 15, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28.
• Brooklyn and College Hill – touring one of Guelph’s early industrial areas on the south side of the Speed River, as well as the College Hill area, this tour includes some of the city’s best masonry and stone carving – June 22 and Oct. 6.
• Ward One Guelph – revealing the variety of historic architecture and the diversity of peoples who formed Guelph in the area southeast of the downtown, between the Speed and Eramosa rivers – May 25, June 29 and Oct. 12
There is a fee to take part in the tours, and illustrated guide books are also available for sale.

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