Monday, March 31, 2008

Blog Guelph: Catholic Hill


Our Lady Lomo, originally uploaded by Dave Noyle.

Ever since the school board tore down the old Bishop Mac high school to reveal the historic Loretta Convent on Catholic Hill, my entrepreneurial mind has been doing double time. The combination of buildings, location, open space and rich history seems like the perfect combo of raw ingredients for what could be a kick ass international tourist attraction.

As of Friday, this vision finally sprouted some serious roots.

Cultural tourism is a hot commodity in our world today and Guelph is about to step on the bandwagon thanks to a $5 million dollar stash of cash from the province. The coin is earmarked for the formidable task of transforming the Loretto Convent into our new civic museum. Guelph's royal crown is about to get a beautiful new gem.

With this news I'm pleased to start the week off with a 'Imagine Catholic Hill' series of photos shot by a talented slew of our very own cultural creatives.

Best viewed with a challis of medium bodied red wine and bread - say a fresh baguette from Ouderkirk & Taylor at 3 Wyndham Street.

Guelph - it's getting better all the time.

Sue Richards

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