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East of Waterloo and west of Toronto you'll find the vibrant city of Guelph. Guelph lies at the intersection of Highways 6 and 7, with Highway 6 providing a route to Hamilton, and Highway 7 a route to Kitchener. To the south, Highway 401 gives Guelph drivers a quick way to Toronto and London.

But whether you're cruising down the 401, commuting to the University of Guelph, or rolling along the streets of the downtown core, it's important to have the right car insurance for your vehicle. At LowestRates.ca, drivers in Guelph can compare the best auto insurance rates in just minutes.

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Most popular cars in Guelph

Based on LowestRates.ca data, here are the most popular vehicles in Guelph. Among online auto insurance shoppers anyway.

Popular Brands

  1. Honda
  2. Volkswagen
  3. Dodge
  4. Mazda
  5. Chevrolet

Who shops for auto insurance in Guelph?

Our data reveals that the typical Guelph auto insurance shopper on LowestRates.ca is a 27-and-a-half-year-old male.

Gender of our users

Male
76.2%
Female
23.8%

Average Age

27.5

years old

Tickets & Accidents

Have Tickets
31.2%
Have Had Accidents
11.7%

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Facts and myths about driving in Guelph

Facts

  • Drivers in Guelph enjoy lower than average commuting times. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the majority of commuters in Guelph said they spend less than 30 minutes (each way) travelling to work every day.
  • Catch a flick without leaving your car. Guelph is home to the Mustang Drive-In theater, where you can have some old-fashioned fun while watching the latest Hollywood flicks from the comfort of your vehicle.
  • Molto bene! Guelph, Ontario has three twin cities, and they're all Italian. The towns of Loria, Castelfranco, and La Castellana are all sisters to Southern Ontario's city of Guelph.

Myths

  • Guelph residents can park on the street. False. If you can't park in your driveway, you have to call the Guelph Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement Office before parking your vehicle on the street. They'll try to make alternate arrangements.
  • There's no public transit in Guelph. False. Residents of this city can count on Guelph Transit, which has over 70 buses and serves 28 transit routes.
  • The University of Guelph is a commuter school, like U of T (Mississauga) and other suburban universities. False. U of G isn't a commuter school. The university guarantees residence to all first-year students, and over 80% of students choose to live on campus.

Guelph driving tips

  1. Use the Guelph city website to monitor road construction. With a population growth rate of about 2% every year, this city is bound to see its fair share of construction projects. Keep an eye on road closures and make sure that, if the need arises, you have a detour planned. Check out the city's construction project page for a detailed breakdown of what's happening where.
  2. Drive appropriately and courteously when you're making your way down Guelph neighbourhood roads. The city adopted an effective traffic management plan to curb speeding, traffic shortcutting, and other safety concerns. Remember: you're in a pedestrian-filled area.
  3. Due to snow removal efforts, overnight parking isn't permitted on Barrie streets in the winter. The city's by-law states that from December 1 to March 31, between the hours of 12:01 AM and 7:00 AM, street parking is strictly prohibited. In the Downtown Business Improvement Area, the hours are slightly less restrictive and run from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM.
  4. Stay informed on winter snow removal — social media style. The City of Guelph clears snow and spreads salt on a whopping 1,209 km of roadways to help keep its roads safe during the winter. Follow the City of Guelph on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest snow removal happenings.

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