City arts councilstour starts on April 25

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

The guided tours, which are offered on selected Sundays be­tween April 25 and October 17, trace Guelph’s heritage through its architecture, people, and stories that contribute to the city’s character.

The five include: Downtown Walkabout, in Guelph’s current downtown; The Slopes of the Speed, which explores the Speed River where many of Guelph’s largest and most distinguished historic homes are located;  Altar and Hearth, the area west of downtown including several historic stone churches and many historic homes represent­ing a variety of architectural styles; Brooklyn and the College Hill, 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; and 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 its people.

All tours start at 2pm.. They take about two hours and cost $3 per person. Tour booklets are available for $5 each at the arts council office and other retail locations. For tour dates and other information, contact the office at 519-836-3280; fax (519) 766-9212; or email; or guelph­