Arts council’s walking tours run all summer

It is time for the Guelph Arts Council’s annual  walking tours again.

The guided tours offered on selected dates to Oct. 18, trace Guelph’s heritage through its architecture, people, and the stories that contribute to the city’s character.

There are a number of tours, each  exploring a dif­ferent area of historic Guelph.  Where Guelph Began encircles the original Market Square area of almost twenty-four acres laid out by John Galt in 1827, and includes the sites of many of Guelph’s first buildings.

The Slopes of the Speed explores the slopes of the Speed River where many of Guelph’s largest and most dis­tinguished historic homes are located. Altar and Hearth cov­ers the area west of downtown and includes several historic stone churches and many his­toric homes representing a variety of architectural styles.  Brooklyn and the College Hill focuses on one of Guelph’s early industrial sections on the south side of the Speed River, as well as the area that devel­oped around the

Ontario Agricultural Col­lege.

New this year is Ward One Guelph,  which covers the area southeast of the downtown, between the Speed and Era­mosa Rivers, and features a diver­sity of historic architec­ture and the diversity of peoples who formed Guelph.

All tours start at 2pm from different locations. They take about two hours and cost $3 per person. Tour booklets are avail­able for $5 at the Guelph Arts Council office and several oth­er retail locations.

For tour dates and other information, phone 519-836-3280; fax (519) 766-9212; or email gac@­sen­; or­guelph­artscouncil.