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Downtown Guelph: Only A Bus Ride Away!

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

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Written by Bre Walt

Now that you have been on campus for a while, you may find time -- if you haven’t already -- to venture into the Downtown core of Guelph. There are lots of things to do in Guelph’s beautiful downtown, and so many resources for you. Whether you are looking to shop, eat, volunteer or get assistance, there is something in Downtown Guelph for you!

When you get off the downtown bus in St.George’s Square, everything is right at your fingertips. Yet, many students are not fully aware of what downtown has to offer, and this is something that Neighbourhood Relations can help with. We not only help with neighbourhood and tenant-landlord issues, we also deal as a resource centre and we can refer students to a wide variety of organizations.

There are places downtown that offer fresh, locally grown food such as the Guelph Farmer’s Market (a 15 minute walk from campus) on Gordon Street which is open every Saturday from 8am-12pm. At the Market you can find great priced, locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables with a wide variety of vendors set up. It’s a great way to buy fresh.

As well, there are lots of small restaurants like the Cornerstone Cafe, Café Aquarius, Diana’s, and the Carden Street Café that offer fresh food with many vegetarian and vegan options available. These restaurants are a good treat, and healthy as well.

There is also Planet Bean Coffee on Cork Street, which is a coop that sells a wide variety of fairly traded coffees. Small, locally owned businesses that are there to serve your interests, and your appetite!

If what you are looking for is volunteer opportunities, many are available to you in the downtown core. There is Change Now on Cork Street which is a youth drop in centre and overnight shelter. Fresh Start Housing is a service on Wyndham Street which specializes in helping individuals to find accommodations which will meet their needs. Also on Wyndham Street is the Welcome In Drop-In Centre, which is always open to new volunteers. There are too many places to name where you can go to volunteer, so you can make the search easier by visiting Student Volunteer Connections on campus in Raithby House or visiting the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington on 46 Cork Street East! These organizations have many resources and links to offer if you are looking for a real-world experience through volunteer work. There are many people in this community that could benefit from time you give up to help, so consider volunteering and giving something back to the Guelph community. Your time can make a big difference!

Also, in terms of community resources, downtown Guelph has a lot to offer. To name just a few, there is the Guelph Legal Clinic, the Women in Crisis Centre, the Out on the Shelf queer resource library, The Beginnings Guelph Crisis Pregnancy Centre, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, and the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph Teenage Parents Group. These are just a few of the many resources and organizations that are only a bus ride away in downtown Guelph!

If you have questions about any of these organizations, contact information can be found at www.guelphdowntown.com. And, if you have any other inquiries about Guelph’s Downtown, and of course about landlord-tenant rights and issues, contact Neighbourhood Relations anytime at . We are here to help you!

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