All 2Rivers Festival events are FREE unless otherwise stated and open to everyone to attend. To help us get an idea of numbers, please register for our 2019 events. Event links coming soon.
You can also view or download the full 2019 2Rivers Festival Guide.
As part of our Bee City efforts the City of Guelph is partnering with Trees for Guelph to enhance pollinator habitat throughout Guelph. Join us as we plant native shrubs, trees and wildflowers to enhance pollinator habitat around a neighbourhood stormwater management pond near Hanlon Creek. You will learn about green infrastructure and supporting pollinators in your neighbourhood. Register before April 30, 2019 to win native flowers to take home for your garden at: Guelph.ca/pollinatorhabitat
In collaboration with the 2Rivers Festival, the Guelph Wellington Waterloo Regional Trail Committee along with Speed River Bicycle (SRB) are hosting a special edition of the their semi-monthly, SRB Multi-surface ride. For this special event we have selected a route that will follow recreation trails and scenic back roads along the Eramosa, Speed, and Grand rivers. Starting at Eramosa River Park, this 76km ride will take riders to The rare Charitable Research Reserve for a break at the historic Slit Barn, along with a brief lesson about the Speed and the Grand Rivers, before returning to Guelph. For those who would wish to do less than the 76km route, we have a shorter route, 30 km, that starts and ends in Hespler, while still enjoying the tour of The rare Charitable Research Reserve.
72km ROUTE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28986814
Start from The Covered Bridge Guelph
30km ROUTE: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29718619
Start from Mill Run Trail Hespler
Many of us have been inspired by grandmother Josephine Mandamin and her dedication to water protection through walking for the water. In honour of all that has been inspired in us through her walks, we feel called to walk for the health of the Speed and Eramosa rivers that we enjoy so freely. Join this second annual Sacred Water Walk which is held in ceremony and in prayer for the health of our waters......
Because we are in a specific Anishinaabe Ceremony, women wear long skirts and men long pants to show our respect for our Grandmothers, for Mother Earth and for ourselves. Women on their Moon-time do not carry the water during this time, as they are already in Ceremony.
A Water Walk is Not
*a protest, activist action, or a social event.
*about the individual or what you can gain sitting idle
*a place to look for your next partner
*for boasting, social chatting, carelessly talking nor gossiping
*for thrill seekers, nor is it a contest or competition, exercise, a work-out, or a game of “I can handle it” or go the distance
*for those that just show up at the end the walk to be seen and to say they were there
*a performance piece
*for those who have romanticized ideas about Indigenous people
*for those who feel the need to force other cultural values onto protocols already in place
Note: If anyone is disruptive/disrespectful, or abusive they will be asked to leave.
A Water Walk IS first and foremost about Water. It is a ANISHINAABE CEREMONY from the time the pail is lifted to the time of set down the Walkers are in Ceremony.
Bring a blanket and find a place to sit on the banks of the Speed river and enjoy this journey of exploration of our Aquifer.
Guelph Youth Dance Company: Our human hearts are 73% water. Here tonight, we sit above the aquifers that sustain life here in Guelph. The water that comes from below us is in our cells and in our veins. Our bodies resonate with the water. We are not separate. I give my love, respect and gratitude to the water. This piece is a contemplation of the water in Guelph’s aquifers and a prayer for its protection
Choreographer: Julia Aplin
Dancers: Guelph Youth Dance Company
Music: Breaking the Surface by AquaSonic
Costume Design and Creation: Janet Morton
Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble: Join these youth as they explore through improv music the sounds, meanings and purpose behind water and our aquifer that nourishes us all.
Tour of the former Correctional Centre lands led by the Guelph Hiking Trail Club along the Old Railway Spur Sidetrail and the Radial Line Trail. 5.5 kilometers, 2 hours
This workshop invites participants to explore their physical connection to water through breath, sound, and movement. Yoga-Dance instructor Lisa GillOrme and Percussionist Matthew Stephens guide participants through various expressions of rhythm and breath, connecting our physical bodies to the River Systems.
Does your family love nature? If so, it’s likely because your family spends time together, having fun in nature. Here’s a way to surprise Mom with an afternoon of fun, exercise and learning for her day of honour. Join Yorklands Green Hub for the Mother’s Day Walk, one of the monthly walks on the Yorklands property. This guided gentle walk will get your family connected to the history of the Yorklands property and the dreams for its future. Learn more about the work of the trees and wetlands to cleanse our air and water. Dress for the weather. See the beautiful heritage tree that won an award in the 2018 Great Tree Hunt organized by GUFF .
Garlic 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 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!
ALL WELCOME. This is a family-friendly event. Bring a container. Please don’t drive unless you have to - parking is limited.
Through the movement of body and breath, we will tap into the rhythms of the water and honour its connection to the cycle of life.
The banks of the Silver Creek tell many stories about our city. We will follow the remnants of the river from its mouth at the Speed to its disappearance under the tracks. Learn why the first John Sleeman chose its waters for his beer, the story of the Red and Phoenix Mills, and the mysterious broken dam.