About the Festival

We protect what we love. The annual 2Rivers Festival helps us to fall in love with our rivers over and over again.

Since its beginning in 2012, the Festival has partnered with community organizations to offer free events for you and your family throughout May and June. Enjoy a wide range of activities as you experience the beauty of the Speed and Eramosa river ecosystems and the healing elements of nature. Music, art, recreation, heritage, science and more are on offer as we celebrate our rivers and recognize the value of protecting this much-loved natural landscape.

The 2017 2Rivers Festival features 16 events that include a celebration of the 120th anniversary of the Gow Bridge and the 25th anniversary of the Covered Bridge (read Tony Leighton's article in Harrowsmith or watch this video about the construction of this 75 tonne pedestrian bridge in 1992 by the Timber Framers Guild of North America). Join us for these and other events, and remember that our rivers are here for your enjoyment all year long.

All 2Rivers Festival events are FREE and open to everyone. To help us get an idea of numbers, we invite you to register. You can also view or download the full 2017 2Rivers Festival Guide.

The 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.

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Territorial Acknowledgement

We humbly acknowledge and send our gratitude to the original ancestors of the territory through which the Speed and Eramosa rivers course. These First Peoples from various lineages stewarded these lands and waters as caretakers. We send our respect to the Mississaugas of the New Credit as treaty holders of this land. We also send our respect to our neighbours who have peopled these lands for many generations, the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee and the Anishnabeg, and to our many Indigenous neighbours here in Guelph and across Turtle Island.

 

Thank you to all the participating host organizations! Visit their websites to join these groups and participate in their other events throughout the year.

We would also like to acknowledge the important support of our advertising sponsors. Please thank them for their support of the Festival when using their services and purchasing their products.

A special thank you to the 2Rivers Festival Steering Committee who have dedicated their time to connect us more closely with our rivers, and for all their efforts in developing the program - Laura Andrighetti, Paul Botros, Jane Hudson, Peter Jaspers-Fayer, Leanne Johns, Stan Kozak, Debbie Kurt, James Levesque, Patti Maurice, Karen McKeown, Sue Rietschin and Arlene Slocombe.

As always, thank you to our Wellington Water Watchers' Board of Directors for all of their support, and to the volunteers for helping to make the 2Rivers Festival a success!

 

Press Release announcing our 2017 Festival!