We protect what we love.
The annual 2Rivers Festival helps us to fall in love with our rivers over and over again.
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 partner each year with a variety of community organizations throughout May and June to celebrate our cherished rivers, the Speed and the Eramosa. With many public events including music, indigenous river knowledge, hidden streams, art, rowing, yoga, river creatures, hikes, bikes and trees, you are sure to find a variety of experiences that you and your family will enjoy.
Our hope is that your participation in the Festival will encourage you to advocate for the protection and conservation of our water and our rivers. Your help will ensure that future generations will have the same opportunities to enjoy clean water and our healthy rivers all year long.
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.
We humbly acknowledge and send our gratitude to the original ancestors of these Dish with One Spoon treaty lands through which the Speed and Eramosa Rivers course. This treaty bound the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas, and the Haudenosaunee to share the territory and protect the land. Here in these river valleys we have learned that the Attawandaron or neutral peoples were also among the original stewards. We’d 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 and Treaty 3 with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
We want to express solidarity with the many 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.
Thank you to the 2020 participating host organizations! Visit their websites to join these groups and participate in their other events throughout the year.
Thank you to the volunteers who helping to make the 2Rivers Festival a success. A special thank you to the 2020 2Rivers Festival Steering Committee: Arlene Slocombe, Susan Ratcliffe, Laura Andrighetti, Emma Callon, Beth Shier, Heather Reid and Catherine Killen have dedicated their time to develop the festival program and connect us more closely with our rivers.