Fact sheet: Guelph Central Train Station

Heritage facts and timeline

1911 – Built by Grand Trunk Railway, with a rare combination of Romanesque Revival design, an Italianate tower and porte-cochère over the main entrance

1922 – Purchased by the Canadian National Railway

1925 – WWI and WWII soldiers’ memorial constructed beside the station on a portion of the former Jubilee Park

1993 – Recognized as a heritage railway station under the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act

2013 – Purchased by the City of Guelph

2017 – Renovated to restore heritage features and improve accessibility and functionality

Renovation features

The $2.1 million renovation work undertaken at Guelph Central Train Station (79 Carden Street), from May 2016 to February 2017, included:

  • improvements to the main entrance, including new steps and a concrete wheelchair ramp
  • upgrades to the two public washrooms and an new accessible washroom
  • new ticket booths for Greyhound Canada and GO Transit
  • the addition of a small management office
  • the addition of a lunchroom for Guelph Transit drivers
  • new access to the basement
  • upgrades to windows, south entrance doors and public seating area
  • preserving and restoring heritage attributes, such as floor tiles, many original window sashes and casings, wood panels and millwork

The train station remained open to the public during renovations.

Transit hub

Guelph Central Train Station is a busy transit hub that accommodates Guelph Transit, GO Transit, Via Rail and Greyhound Canada operations. Each weekday, more than 5,000 passengers board Guelph Transit, to travel on one of the 15 different routes that operate out of the bus bays adjacent to the train station.