Picturesque Guelph is a city set in the midst of an agricultural region in Southwestern Ontario with strong industrial and post-secondary institutions. It is in the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, Haudenasaunee and Me?tis Peoples. It was originally designed by Scottish novelist John Galt to attract settlers to the region and was the headquarters of the British development firm known as “The Canada Company.” This British influence is still noticeable today, with beautiful 19th century architecture in much of the city. It is clear why Guelph is still known as “The Royal City.” Among this stunning architecture is the beautiful Church of Our Lady Immaculate and the birth house of John McCrae, author of the poem “In Flanders Fields.” This house has been designated as a national historic site and converted into a museum. Not far from the Downtown area is Riverside Park, which includes the popular Kissing Bridge Trailway and paddling routes down the Speed River. The University of Guelph Arboretum also deserves a visit, with its winding trails and abundant bird-viewing opportunities.