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Guelph

Yes, some people may think of Guelph as solely a university, retiree and agriculture town. But it is SO much more than that. Guelph has been one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario in the last 5 years and recently ranked as Moneysense’s top place to buy real estate in Canada.

With several new condo buildings popping up downtown and the revolutionary Metalworks district lining the Speed River, the city is seeing a transformation as new businesses and services are migrating to the core. Guelph boasts a quickly growing food scene with staples such as La Cucina, Diana Downtown and Baker Street Station combined with a variety of new flavours like Canadian cuisine at Miijidaa, delicious soup and noodles from Crafty Ramen and unreal pizza from Buon Gusto and Earth to Table: Bread Bar. The nightlife scene has also seen a transformation from simply student bars with the addition of Royal Electric, NV Lounge and Sip Club which provide delicious cocktails and an array of brews in an upscale, trendy atmosphere.

There is always a host of things to do with beautiful hiking and biking trails minutes out of the city and summer activities on the Speed River such as canoeing and kayaking. If the weather isn’t cooperating you could always try out The Boardroom, Guelph’s game cafe, or hang out with the cutest cats while enjoying at latte at The Kitty Cafe.

This city shows no signs of stopping and continues to attract residents from all areas due to it’s laid-back, community atmosphere, beautiful buildings and bustling downtown.

Cambridge

Cambridge has a vibe that comes from it’s rich history, stunning old buildings and picturesque location along the Grand River. One of our awesome agents, and Cambridge local, has put together some suggestions to explore this amazing city and find the spots that you may not find along the beaten path.

While strolling down the river in historic Galt between May and September it is necessary that you stop at the legendary LA Franks for a hot dog and some ice cream. For almost 25 years, this river side shop has been serving the Cambridge community and is always a nostalgic trip on those warm summer days.

Although Langdon Hall isn’t quite a local secret (it ranked 15th in this years account of Canada’s 100 top restaurants) it is something that should be on your Cambridge bucket list. Head chef, Jason Bangerter, continues to delight guests with innovative dishes that combine classical influences with modern execution.

The Cambridge Mill is also a fine dining restaurant in one of the most picturesque settings you can imagine. Enjoy a stunning meal while watching the sunset over the beautiful Grand River.

If you are looking to get off the beaten path, there is a network of over 50km of trails that run through forests, parks and along the river that you can explore on foot or bike. Explore these trails and get lost in the beautiful scenery and nature you will encounter.

Cambridge also features many special events such as RIbfest, Canada Day celebrations, the Cambridge Fall Fair and Cambridge Scottish Festival held at RIverside Park and the Dickson Arena.

With the future addition of the Gaslight District combining condo residences with office space, an innovation hub, shopping and nightlife, Cambridge will continue to experience growth and be an excellent place to live or invest.


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