How to get to Fergus
Many of the roads I'll mention have changed their numbers. I'll try to give the current number, but some are very confusing.
Fergus residents may still think of the Sportsplex as the Arena.
If you are coming from the 401
travelling either east or west, the quickest way should be to take exit 295, and go north on the Hanlon expressway (Hwy 6). You will almost bypass Guelph, then take a right turn on Woodlawn (following the Hwy 6 signs) and then a left on Woolwich to
Fergus, 17 km further on, still on Hwy 6. Belsyde Avenue is the first large road you meet, after the fast food places. Yesterday there was no sign identifying it as Belsyde, but there was a sign to Orangeville, which is the same road. There was a lot of demolition going on on two sides of the road. Go east of Belsyde for a few long blocks, past a retirement home and a church and a school and some houses. You will reach the traffic lights at Scotland Street, with a new brick plaza on the corner of Scotland and Belsyde. Continue across Scotland and then you will see the parking lot of the Sportspex on your right.
If you miss it, you will find yourself leaving the town. Turn round and come back!
If you prefer to avoid 400 roads
and are coming from the east, the most pleasant way may be to take Highway 7 (or what used to be called Hwy 7) to Georgetown, then Trafalgar Road north to Brisbane. Continue going north to Hillsburgh and on to the traffic light near
Marsville. Turn left here (west, to Marsville) on Wellington County Road 18 and drive until you just begin to enter Fergus (no fast food places on this road, but a Welcome to Fergus sign on the right just opposite the Sportsplex, which is on your left).
For a route that is easy to remember
take exit 299 from the 401and go north till you get to Fergus. The road will change its name* and wiggle around as it goes through Aberfoyle and Guelph, but it should eventually be marked as the route to Fergus. Once you have entered the outskirts of Fergus, past the fast food places, turn right (east) on to Belsyde Avenue (no sign marking Belsyde on my last visit, and much demolition on both sides of the road). Continue for a couple of miles to the traffic lights at Scotland Street. The Sportsplex is over the road on your right, just beyond the new brick-coloured building.
*from Old Highway 6 or Brock Road to Gordon Street, Norfolk, and Woolwich, before becoming New Highway 6 as it leaves Guelph.
Those coming from the north
are probably better able to devise their own route, via Arthur or Orangeville, I should think. There are two routes from Orangeville: take Broadway west and (first route) continue on it (passing north of Belwood Lake) or (second route) branch off to the left on County Road 3, which becomes Wellington County Road 18. and passes south of Belwood. The first road will bring you in to the centre of Fergus, and you should then head (following Hwy 6 South and then turning left on Belsyde) for the south-east corner of the town. If you take the second, Wellington County Road 18 will bring you to the Recreation Centre on your left, just where the WELCOME TO FERGUS sign is (on your right).
Coming from Arthur, you will be on Highway 6 going south. Go through the town, and take Belsyde Avenue east (left). the Sportsplex is a mile or two along Belsyde, near the intersection with Scotland Street, in the south-east corner of the town.
Fergus is very close to Elora, Elmira. and St. Jacobs, all of which have interesting stores and offer glimpses of the Mennonite community. The Wellington County Museum is between Elora and Fergus.
The tourist information centre in Fergus can suggest some nice bed-and-breakfast places in the area.