Founded on St. George's Day (April 23rd) in 1827, the city of Guelph was ranked #4 by Moneysense Magazine in 2007 on their list of Canada's Most Livable Cities. Known as the Royal City, Guelph is located 100 km west of downtown Toronto and was one of the first planned communities in Canada. Famous Scottish novelist John Galt chose Guelph to be the headquarters of the Canada Company, which was a British development firm. Galt was the superintendent of the Canada Company and designed the town to attract settlers to it and to resemble a European city centre with narrow side streets, large main streets and squares. The name Guelph was derived from the British Royal Family the Hanoverians, who were descended from the Guelfs of late medieval Italy and Germany, and George IV's ancestral family (hence the nickname The Royal City).
Development of Guelph was delayed when on June 2nd, 1829 a large tornado hit. However, because of its great potential for water power, Guelph was incorporated as a village in 1851 and attracted several large mills during the 1800's. From the 1860's onward, Guelph established a world-based reputation for technological innovations, including the Bell Organ Co., and the Raymond Sewing Machine Co., and it became a city in 1879.
Presently based in Guelph are Sleeman Brewaries Ltd., The Ontario Agricultural College and the University of Guelph. Guelph continues to this day to be involved in innovative projects; it was the North American test site for the electronic cash system Mondex in 1997, it developed an highly advanced waste management system Wet-Dry+, and it was home to one of North America's first cable TV systems.
Guelph's many attractions include the McCrae House (John McCrae's home is a museum), Guelph City Hall (a National Historic Site of Canada), University of Guelph Arboretum, several beautiful parks, and Hillside Music Festival. Famous Guelphites (as they're called), include comedian Carla Collins, actress Neve Campbell, novelist Jean Little, poet John McCrae, and musician Jane Siberry.
With a total population of 127,010 (according to the 2006 Census), the total single population (over 15 years) makes up almost 1/2 of this figure! Guelph is a great place to settle down with that special someone and raise a family, and one way Guelphites can do this is by attending a 25dates.com Speed Dating event. With many success stories including countless marriages and long-term relationships (and yes - even babies!), 25dates.com is a perfect way for you to find your mate. What could be better than choosing potential mates from out of up to 25 people in one night? It's a safe, controlled, and effective way to meet new people and potential mates.