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  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 32 rsvps
    Barber Scout Camp in Guelph, ON, Canada

    River's Edge: Games that Teach

    Photo from Guelph Outdoor SchoolGuelph Outdoor School runs along the bank of the Eramosa River. Join us there for an afternoon of electrifying games and challenges that get us tracking, sniffing, sneaking, listening, hiding, crawling, and laughing. Track a mink, listen for kingfisher, taste pine tea, build a shelter, tend a fire. Make yourself at home in the woods. The whole family is welcome!

    Meet in the parking area outside the Barber Scout Camp gate. Or, there's the option to meet at a Neighbourhood Group in Guelph first, for a carpooling out to the Scout Camp.

    Is this event accessible? No.

    Hosted by:

    Guelph Outdoor School Logo

    Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 07:00 AM · 5 rsvps
    The Covered Bridge in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    International Migratory Bird Day in Guelph

    Binoculars - PixabayStarting at the Covered Bridge at 7 am, this will be a 2-hour bird count along the James Street trail by the Speed River to identify migrating birds, since mid-May is peak migration for many song birds.

    A one-hour “Beginner Birders” hike will begin at 9 am at the Covered Bridge and head east along on the north side of the river. Binoculars will be provided for beginners.

    Is this event accessible? The 7-9 hike is not, but the 9-10 beginners hike is.

    Hosted by:

    Nature Guelph

  • Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 07:30 PM · 5 rsvps
    The Covered Bridge in Guelph, ON, Canada

    Walk Over a River and Along Another

    Hiking - PixabayWalk one of Guelph's hiking gems, beautiful in all seasons. We start at the Covered Bridge and make our way upstream along the Eramosa River on the accessible pathways of Royal City Park. Along the way, we pass the amazing results of over 20 years of riverside restoration. It is then over the bridge on Victoria Road and back walking on the remains of Guelph's now long-abandoned electric railroad. Here we experience the cliffs of Guelph's escarpment and a little wooded wonderland. The accessible option for this event requires a return at Victoria Road on the park trails.

    Is this event accessible? Yes, if you return back down the same side of the river.

    Hosted by:

     Guelph Hiking Trail Club logo

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 27 rsvps

    Garlic Mustard Pull & Pesto Making Workshop

    Garlic Mustard - John Fielding, Wikimedia CommonsGarlic mustard is an invasive herb native to Europe. It spreads quickly, interfering with the growth of other plants including several species at risk. While it is not a good food source for wildlife, it is high in vitamins A and C, and it makes great pesto. Join us to learn about the plant and how to safely pull it. You'll contribute to the health of the river bank, and leave with some ingredients for your very own delicious pesto!

    Please bring your own containers! You'll need access to a blender later. ALL WELCOME. This is a family-friendly event.

    Please don’t drive if you don’t have to. There isn’t that much parking in the area.

    Is this event accessible? Yes

    Hosted by:

    OPIRG logo

  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Enabling Garden, Riverside Park in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    Bridges and a Pint: Cycling the Bridges of Guelph

    Cyclists on Riverside Bridge - Carl GriffinLet’s cycle through the rich history of Guelph’s unique bridges.

    2017 is a year of celebrations, and Guelph has its own events to celebrate: 120 years with the Gow Bridge and 25 years with the Covered Bridge. We'll hear how these bridges came to be, and how these and other bridges impact how we connect with our two rivers and give us a sense of place. While cycling, let’s look at some future plans for getting around the city more actively via various proposed pedestrian and cycling bridge building projects. Finally, let’s enjoy a pint at Royal City Brewing while discussing ways to use bridges to make Guelph a healthier, more vibrant city.

    Start Location: Enabling Garden, Riverside Park

    End location: Royal City Brewing Co., 199 Victoria Rd S

    Is this event accessible?  No

    Hosted by: 

    GCAT logo

  • Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Norwich Footbridge in Guelph, ON, Canada

    Bridges to the Past: A Walking Tour

    Heffernan Bridge - Evan FerrariGuelph residents have created ways to cross the mighty Speed River for 190 years. On this walk, you will marvel at the soaring beauty of the Heffernan Bridge, the inventive structure of the Covered Bridge, celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the solid limestone construction of the Gow Bridge, celebrating its 120th anniversary. Your guide, Susan Ratcliffe, will tell you the stories of the bridges and the rivers they cross. Peter Gow, the owner of much of the land along the river in 1860, will speak to us. We will return to Royal City Park, in time to see James Gordon in concert.

    Start Location: The Norwich Footbridge.

    End Location: Royal City Park.

    Is this event accessible? Yes.

    Hosted by:


  • Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 02:30 PM · 3 rsvps
    Royal City Park Gazebo in Guelph, ON, Canada

    River Songs with James Gordon

    James Gordon promo - Fred HunsbergerCome see Guelph's river troubadour in concert!

    Singer-songwriter James Gordon has often been inspired by our two beautiful rivers. In this afternoon concert near the place where our two rivers meet, he will share some impacts the rivers have had both past and present.

    Bring your own seating, chair or blanket, if desire.

    Is this event accessible? Yes.

    Hosted by:

    2Rivers Festival

  • Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 09:00 AM · 24 rsvps
    Royal City Park Gazebo in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    2Rivers Cleanup

    2014 2Rivers Festival - photo from FlickrJoin OPIRG Guelph and Wellington Water Watchers for our 38th annual 2Rivers Cleanup This year, we are going back to our roots and will engage once again with a shoreline cleanup along a wide expanse of our rivers. We will meet at the Gazebo in Royal City Park and will send teams out to various stretches of the river. We’ll clean up the litter we can see, and try to document possible sources of invisible pollution and habitat degradation in the area. Please bring bikes or good walking shoes. Join us afterwards for snacks and refreshments and for a facilitated discussion about how we can help restore the health of our rivers.

    Please bring work gloves if you have them (if not, we do), a hat, sunscreen, and waterproof shoes/boots.

    Is this event accessible? Yes.

    Hosted by:

    OPIRG logo

    Wellington Water Watchers logo

  • Sunday, June 04, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 10 rsvps
    Riverside Park Concert Shell in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    Hike with the Kids

    Kids Hike photo from Guelph Hiking Trail ClubA nature walk for all ages! Come for an adventure with the whole family as we walk through a variety of forest and field landscapes with experienced leaders from the Guelph Hiking Trail Club.

    Join the Tortoises (slower, shorter distance), or the Hares (for older, faster kids). Who knows what surprises nature will have in store for us - birds, bugs, beavers or butterflies?

    Is this event accessible? Yes.

    Hosted by:

    GHTC logo

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM · 6 rsvps
    Guelph Correctional Centre lands in Guelph, ON, Canada

    Nature Today & Tomorrow at Guelph's Yorkland

    Photo from Norah Chaloner

    Explore nature and imagine the possibilities of future ecological restoration.

    Rain or shine, join our leaders for guided tours to this special place, as it is now and as it could be in the future. Dip the nets with Ontario Streams and hear what they envision for the flowing waters found here. Explore the trails and marshes with Raresites, who will share their urban ecology expertise. And hear from Yorklands Green Hub, who are working to put it all together as an exciting sustainable environment centre for the region.

    Meet inside the main gate at the Guelph Correctional Centre lands, 785 York Rd. Park on nearby streets, take transit, bike or walk.

    Guided one-hour walks along the waterways of the Guelph Correctional Centre will start at 10 am and 1pm.

    Is this event accessible? Half of the walk will be on the paved driveway but some will be on a path through a grassy field path that is less smooth.

    Hosted by:


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