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Announcing 2Rivers Festival 2019!

We are pleased to again partner with a variety of community organizations throughout May and June to celebrate our cherished rivers, the Speed and the Eramosa

For Immediate Release  April 25, 2019

GuelphWellington Water Watchers is proud to announce the 2Rivers Festival 2019 Event Listing. 

The 2Rivers Festival is held annually during the months of May and June to celebrate the beautiful Speed and Eramosa Rivers, which meet in the City of Guelph, Ontario.

The 2Rivers Festival is a series of free events along the Speed and Eramosa Rivers. Since the Festival’s beginning in 2012, people have gathered to share, enjoy, and discover all that these rivers bring to our community. Guelph’s river system is its most important ecological, cultural and recreational feature. The annual 2Rivers Festival is a forum to showcase and celebrate our two beautiful rivers and to engage our whole community in imagining how each one of us can become a vital participant in the regeneration of our river ecosystems.

We are pleased to again partner with a variety of community organizations throughout May and June to celebrate our cherished rivers, the Speed and the Eramosa. With 25 public events including music, dance, film, rowing, hidden streams, yoga, river creatures, hikes, bikes, and trees, you are sure to find a variety of experiences that you and your family will enjoy. We are proud to share all of these great events that you do not want to miss, and are especially proud to host the second annual Sacred Water Walk hosted by Seven Generations Forward. 

“We extend our sincere thanks to all the participating host organizations,” stated Arlene Slocombe, Executive Director of Wellington Water Watchers. “We encourage you to visit their websites to join these groups and participate in their activities throughout the year. And thank you to our important advertising sponsors. Please show your appreciation for their support of the Festival when using their services and purchasing their products.”

A special thank you to the 2Rivers Festival Steering Committee: Laura Andrighetti, Emma Callon, Trista Forth, Jane Hudson, Susan Ratcliffe, Sarah Delroy, Beth Shier, Barbara Forster, Robert Barron and Arlene Slocombe who have dedicated their time to develop the festival program and connect us more closely with our rivers. Thank you for your passion for our rivers and the many hours of volunteer time you have put into developing the 2Rivers Festival 2019. 

The 2Rivers Festival is a project of the Wellington Water Watchers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and conservation of source water in Guelph-Wellington. 

Read more about the 2Rivers Festival and download the | 2019 Festival Guide |

“Our hope is that your participation in the Festival will encourage the citizens of Guelph to advocate for the protection and conservation of our water and our rivers.” said Rob Case, Chair of the Wellington Water Watchers. “Your help will ensure that future generations will have the same opportunities to enjoy clean water and our healthy rivers all year long.”

Pick up the 2019 2Rivers Festival Event Guide at a number of public spaces in Guelph including any of our community partner advertisers and host organization locations. 

"We humbly acknowledge and send our gratitude to the original ancestors of the territory through which the Speed and Eramosa Rivers course. The territories include the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa, and Anishinabek, in addition to the Attawandaron neutral peoples.

We would like to recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land and the history of the First Nations peoples and neighbouring First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples. Today there are a wide number of Indigenous peoples who call this territory home under the Haldimand Tract Treaty with the Mississaugas of the New Credit.

We want to express solidarity with the 18 Indigenous communities affected by the Line 9 project, in addition to the 88 First Nations communities in Ontario currently under drinking water advisories.

We send our gratitude to the ancestors of this place who were stewards of the land and waters. We have much to learn from a worldview that perceives humans as caretakers – in contrast with the dominant worldview where many are simply takers. May we remember that we are guests here and that to become good ancestors ourselves means that we take on the responsibility of ensuring that we leave things better than we found them."


2019Event Information:

Pollinator Habitat Community Planting
Hosted by City of Guelph

May 04, 2019 at 9:30am - 1pm
Vaughan St & Revell Dr
Entrance to the stormwater pond on Vaughan St near Revell Dr
Guelph, ON N1G 0B1



3 Rivers Ride
Hosted by Guelph Wellington Waterloo  Regional Trail Committee

May 05, 2019 at 9am - 3pm
Eramosa River Park
259 Victoria Rd S
Guelph, ON N1E 5P9



Sacred Water Walk
Hosted by Seven Generations Forward

May 05, 2019 at 10am - 12pm
The grounds of The Boathouse
116 Gordon St
Guelph ON N1H 4H6


Aquifer
Hosted by Guelph Youth Dance

May 10, 2019 at 7pm - 8pm
Silvercreek Skate Park
142 Edinburgh Rd S
Guelph, ON N1H 5N7



Hike the Guelph Correctional Centre Lands
Hosted by Guelph Hiking Trail Club

May 11, 2019 at 9:30am - 11:30 am
Rocky's Drive-in
520 Elizabeth St
Guelph, ON N1E 6C3


Yoga-Dance by the River
Hosted by: Lisa GillOrme

May 11, 2019 at 2pm - 3pm
York Road Park
115 York Rd
Guelph, ON N1E 3E7




Mother’s Day Walk
Hosted by Yorklands Green Hub

May 12, 2019 at 2pm - 3:30pm
Yorklands Property
785 York Rd
Guelph, ON N1L 1P4



Garlic Mustard Pull & Pesto Workshop
Hosted by OPIRG Guelph

May 15, 2019 at 6pm - 8:30pm
York Road Park
115 York Rd
Guelph, ON N1E 3E7



Flowing Water Yoga
Hosted by Two Rivers Neighbourhood Group and Sacred Earth Yoga  

May 22, 2019 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Tytler School
131 Ontario St
Guelph, ON N1E 3B3



River Remnants: Exploring the Silver Creek
Hosted by Architectural Conservancy Ontario

May 23, 2019 at 6pm - 7:30pm
Mouth of Silver Creek, Speed River
Between Hanlon Pkwy & Edinburgh Rd S
Guelph, ON



Sea of Life Film Screening
Hosted by Kitchener Waterloo Climate Save

May 24, 2019 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
10C Shared Space
42 Carden St
Guelph, ON N1H 3A2




2Rivers Cleanup
Hosted by OPIRG Guelph

May 25, 2019 at 9am - 1pm
Royal City Park Gazebo
Gordon St north of Water St
Guelph, ON N1H 4H6



Come & Try Rowing
Hosted by Guelph Rowing Club

May 26, 2019 at 9am - 10:30am
Guelph Rowing Club Boathouse, Guelph Lake
7743 Conservation Rd
Guelph, ON N1H 6J1



Aquatic Creatures Outdoor Discovery Event
Hosted by Nature Guelph

May 26, 2019 at 1pm - 2:30pm
Barber Scout Camp
733 Stone Rd E
Guelph, ON N1E 3J3



Walk the Niska Valleylands
Hosted by Speed River Valley Heritage Lands Association  

June 1, 2019 at 11am - 12:30pm
Downey Rd & Woodland Glen
YMCA bus stop
Guelph, ON N1G 4M3




Nature in the City Scavenger Hunt
Hosted by Nature Guelph

June 2, 2019 at 1pm - 3pm
Preservation Park
505 Kortright Rd W
Guelph, ON N1G




Creatures of the Arboretum Creek
Hosted by University of Guelph The Arboretum

June 5, 2019 at 7pm - 8:30pm
J. C. Taylor Nature Centre
270 Arboretum Rd
Guelph, ON N0B



2Rivers on 2Wheels and a Cold Brew Too
Hosted by Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation

June 8, 2019 at 10am - 12:30pm
Fixed Gear Brewing Co.
20 Alma St S
Guelph, ON N1H 5W6



Whatever Floats Your Boat
Hosted by Trout Unlimited Canada Speed Valley Chapter

June 9, 2019 at 10:30am - 12pm
Marden Park
7368 Wellington Road 30
Guelph, ON N1H 6J2




Exploring Pond Creek: Above and Below Ground
Hosted by Speed to Sea

June 12, 2019 at 6pm - 8pm
GCVI School
155 Paisley St
Guelph, ON N1H 2P3



Up the Creek with a Paddle
Hosted by Waterloo Wellington Canoe & Kayak Club

June 13, 2019 at 6pm - 8pm
Royal City Park
Royal City Park at McCrae Blvd
Guelph, ON




River’s Edge: Games that Teach
Hosted by The Guelph Outdoor School

June 16, 2019 at 1pm - 4pm
Barber Scout Camp
733 Stone Rd E
Guelph, ON N1E 3J3



Tai Chi by the River
Hosted by Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Guelph

June 19, 2016 at 7pm - 8:15pm
Goldie Mill Park
Goldie Mill Park behind the Guelph Youth Music Centre
Guelph, ON N1H 3Z7



Crayfish Catch
Hosted by Grand River Conservation Authority

June 22, 2019 at 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Covered Bridge York Rd
Covered Bridge between Gordon St & York Rd
Guelph, ON N1E




Discover Nature’s Bounty in the City
Hosted by Yorklands Green Hub

June 23, 2019 at 2pm - 4pm
Yorklands property
785 York Rd
Guelph, ON N1L 1P4




About Wellington Water Watchers
Founded in 2007, Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization based in Guelph, Ontario. Committed to the protection of water resources and public education, WWW works to affect local water policy and protect water sources. WWW also sponsors and supports guest speakers, debates, and are active at bottled-water free community events.

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