All 2Rivers Festival events are FREE and open to attend. To help us get an idea of numbers, we invite you to register for our 2017 events. Click the links below for more details.
River's Edge: Games that Teach
Sun May 7, 1 - 4 pm
Join the Guelph Outdoor School along the bank of the Eramosa River for an afternoon of electrifying games and challenges. Make yourself at home in the woods! The whole family is welcome.
International Migratory Bird Day in Guelph
Sat May 13, 7 am & 9 am
Mid-May is peak migration for many song birds. At 7 am will be a 2 hour bird count along the James Street trail to identify migrating birds. A 1 hour "Beginner Birders" hike will begin at 9 am at the Covered Bridge.
Walk Over a River and Along Another
Sat May 14, 7:30 - 9 pm
Walk 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, then over the bridge on Victoria Road and back down the other side.
Garlic Mustard Pull & Pesto Making Workshop
Thurs May 18, 6 - 8 pm
Join us to learn about the invasive garlic mustard herb 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!
Bridges and a Pint: Cycling the Bridges of Guelph, Past, Present and Future
Sat May 27, 1 - 3 pm
Let's cycle through the rich history of Guelph's unique bridges. We'll hear how the came to be and look at some future plans for proposed pedestrian and cycling bridge building projects. Finally, let's enjoy a pint and discussion at Royal City Brewery.
Bridges to the Past: A Walking Tour
Sun May 28, 1 - 2 pm
Guelph 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, and the solid limestone construction of the Gow Bridge.
River Songs with James Gordon
Sun May 28, 2:30 - 3:15 pm
Come see James Gordon, Guelph's very own river troubadour, in a special concert celebrating Guelph and Rivers.
Sat June 3, 9 am - 1 pm
Join 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. Afterwards, we will have refreshments and a facilitated discussion about restoring the health of our rivers.
Hike with the Kids
Sun June 4, 1 - 2:30 pm
A 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 Trail Hiking Club. We will have two groups, Tortoises and Hares.
Nature Today & Tomorrow at Guelph's Yorklands - A Guided Exploration
Sat June 10, 10 - 11 am & 1 - 2 pm
Explore nature and imagine the possibilities of future ecological restoration. Join our leaders from Ontario Streams, Raresits, and Yorklands Green Hub for guided tours of this special place, as it is now and as it could be in the future.
Sun Jun 11, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Get 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. Suitable for all ages!
Arboretum Creek Creatures
Weds June 14, 7 - 8:30 pm
Learn about the importance of urban biodiversity. Come and catch, identify and study the life we have in and beside our stream. A great activity for all ages!
Pollinator Day in the Garden
Sat June 17, 1 - 4 pm
Drop in for a fun, family-friendly afternoon and learn about pollinators and the pollinator-friendly plants that will support them. Look at pollinating insects up close, identify pollinator-friendly plants, make your own solitary bee nest, and more!
The Trees Along the River
Sun June 18, 1 - 3 pm
Come discover the amazing trees along our rivers. Sean Fox, a local tree expert, will lead a guided walk along the trails that line the rivers while regaling us with interesting stores and identifying features of the trees on the trails.
Who's that Singing Under the Bridge?
Sun June 18, 3 - 4 pm
Experience these acoustics! Guelph's own Ondine Chorus will sing a magical serenade to the Eramosa River under the Victoria Road Bridge. Walk, bike or canoe to join us!
Moths at Night
Sat June 24, 8:30 pm - midnight
This evening event will open your eyes to the incredible diversity of moths! Using a black-light and simple white sheet, we'll attract nearby moths for a closer look.