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  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 11 rsvps
    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

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  • Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 5 rsvps
    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 solid limestone construction of the Gow Bridge, celebrating its 120th anniversary, and the inventive structure of the Covered Bridge, celebrating its 25th anniversary. (You can read Tony Leighton's 1992 article in Harrowsmith or watch this video about the construction of the 75 tonne covered pedestrian bridge by the Timber Framers Guild of North America.) 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.

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  • Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 02:30 PM · 11 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.

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  • Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 09:00 AM · 45 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.

    **Make sure you RSVP on this page to be entered in a draw to win a beautiful gift basket donated by the Red Brick Cafe! The winner will be announced at the 2Rivers Cleanup on June 3rd, so make sure you attend to claim the gift basket!

    Is this event accessible? Yes.

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  • Sunday, June 04, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 16 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.

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  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM · 9 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.

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  • Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 01:30 PM · 66 rsvps
    The Covered Bridge off York Road in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    Crayfish Catching

    2013 2Rivers Festival - flickrGet up close with the aquatic creatures that call the Speed River their home.

    Join Environmental Educator Greg Meredith and other volunteers as we enter the Speed River in search of crayfish and other aquatic creatures. You’ll learn how to tell the difference between male & female crayfish and find out how the GRCA uses aquatic creatures to help evaluate water quality in our watershed. Nets and bug containers provided. You will be in the water, so appropriate footwear is required: closed-toe water sandals or shoes. No barefeet. Suitable for all ages!

    Is this event accessible? No.

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  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    J. C. Taylor Nature Centre in Guelph, ON, Canada

    Arboretum Creek Creatures

    Butterfly workshop - Chris EarleyLearn about the importance of urban biodiversity.

    Aquatic environments hold much of an area’s biodiversity in their watery depths. The Arboretum Creek is a tributary of the Eramosa River. Come and catch, identify and study the life we have in and beside our stream.  A great activity for all ages!

    (Our regular $2 fee for a Wednesday Evening Walk will be waived.)

    Is this event accessible? No

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  • Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 17 rsvps

    Pollinator Day in the Garden

    Pollination GuelphJoin us for a fun, family-friendly afternoon anytime between 1pm and 4pm, where you can learn about pollinators and the pollinator-friendly plants that will support them. With the help of volunteer experts, use an insect net to look at bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects up close; identify the pollinator-friendly plants in our gardens along the river; make your own solitary bee nest using natural materials; discuss the current status of pollinators and how you can help; and more. Plus you can take home a free pollinator friendly plant!

    Visit the pollinator-friendly gardens planted along the trail. A short (10 minute walk) takes you to 5 different gardens that will truly inspire you to create your own pollinator habitat. There will be two scheduled walking tours at 2pm and 3pm.

    Park on Riverview Drive, and meet in Riverside Park near the corner of Riverview Dr and Speedvale Ave.

    Is this event accessible? Yes, walking trail and area is accessible.

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  • Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 15 rsvps
    Covered Bridge in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    The Trees Along the River

    IMG_20160619_131649.jpgStarting at the confluence of the rivers at the covered bridge we will walk along the trails that line the rivers. Sean Fox will lead a guided walk while regaling us with interesting stories and id features about the trees on the trails. Sean is a local tree expert and manager of horticulture at the Arboretum, University of Guelph. The tour will be on graded trails, at a slow pace to enjoy the scenery. Learn about trees that you can use in your own yard, or just enjoy the beauty of trees in a beautiful park setting. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rain gear in the event of rain.

    Parking on York Road, or at Royal City park.

    Is this event accessible? Yes - we will be on the trail system, but may walk on the grass to get a closer look at the trees.

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