Welcome to the event line-up for the 2021 2Rivers Festival!!
Clair-Maltby's Threatened Heritage - A Self-driving Tour - Anytime. RSVP to receive a downloadable guide booklet.
Sacred Water Walk - Sunday, May 2, 10am
Medicinal Plant Walk - ONLINE - Wednesday, May 5, 7pm
DIY Water Filtration System - ONLINE - Saturday, May 8, 11 am
Second Sunday Walk - Birds and Their Migrations - Sunday, May 9, 2pm
Garlic Mustard Pull & Pesto-Making Workshop - ONLINE - Wednesday, May 12, 6pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, May 13, 3pm
Nature Guelph Virtual Speaker Series: Wilderness Pleasures with Kevin Callan - ONLINE - Thursday, May 13, 7:30pm
Riverside Poetry Sessions / 2SLGBTQ+ Hike - ONLINE - Friday, May 14, 3pm
CANCELLED - Bringing Nature Home: Habitat Restoration - Saturday, May 15, 10am
Young Professionals Re-Imagine Clair-Maltby - ONLINE - Tuesday, May 18, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, May 20, 3pm
Speed to Sea - The Next Stretch - ONLINE - Thursday, May 20, 7pm
RiverChants - Stories and Memories - ONLINE - Saturday, May 22, 7:30pm
Conservation Authority Panel - ONLINE - Wednesday, May 26, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, May 27, 3pm
Limestone: The Foundation of Guelph - ONLINE - Thursday, May 27, 6pm
Rhyme Capsules - Songwriting Workshop - ONLINE - Thursday, May 28, 7pm
Community Tree Planting Day - Saturday, May 29, 9:30am
Yoga and The Elements - ONLINE - Sunday, May 30, 10am
Headwaters Program: Experiential River Story Maps - ONLINE - Monday, May 31, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, June 3, 3pm
A Virtual Tour of Hall's Pond in Clair-Maltby - ONLINE - Friday, June 4, 7pm
Our Stories: The River - Film Fest - ONLINE - Saturday, June 5, 7pm
Two Rivers on Two Wheels - ONLINE - Sunday, June 6, 10am
Take2 Watershed Cleanup - ONLINE - Tuesday, June 8, 1pm
Bridges to the Past: A Walking Tour 2021 - Tuesday, June 8, 6pm
Creatures of the Arboretum Creek 2021- ONLINE - Wednesday, June 9, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, June 10, 3pm
Nature Guelph Virtual Speaker Series: The Owl Foundation - ONLINE - Thursday, June 10, 7:30pm
Scandal On The Speed River - Friday, June 11, 7pm
Moccasin Identifier Project - Saturday, June 12, 2pm
Whatever Floats Your Boat! 2021 - ONLINE - Sunday, June 13, 10am
Second Sunday Walk - Hidden Rivers - Sunday, June 13, 2pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, June 17, 3pm
The River Remembers: A Walking Tour - Saturday, June 19, 11am
The Umwelt Project: Guelph's Hidden Rivers - ONLINE - Monday, June 21, 7pm
Become a Naturalist Workshop - ONLINE - Wednesday, June 23, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, June 24, 3pm
Tributary to the Rivers - Songwriting Competition - ONLINE - Saturday, June 26, 7pm
Join Us for a Virtual Tour of Hall's Pond
Join two of Guelph's leading naturalists for a virtual tour of Hall's Pond - the second largest wetland complex in the City of Guelph located on the Paris-Galt Moraine. Kyle Horner and Marnie Benson will provide you with a tour of this ecological jewel currently entirely in private hands. Kyle and Marnie will highlight some of the interesting flora, fauna and ecological features of this special area.
This online event will have closed captions.
Our Stories: The River - Film Fest
Bringing professional artists and community members together to discover our stories
Actor/Creator, Dylan Roberts along with Musician, Madison Galloway, and Choreographer, Kween Kay curate a community engagement project involving personal storytelling and self-expression.
Our team will engage with the local community to curate personal stories that evoke “The River” as a central image or theme. Specifically, the Grand River, the piece of water with which we share a connection.
The goal is to engage non-professional, community creators to produce content in their chosen discipline, (storytelling, music, dance/movement, poetry/spoken word) around this central image/theme. Our mandate is to amplify voices that historically have been left out of opportunities to create.
The community members will engage directly with our team of professional artists to receive guidance and support as they explore and create. Our three artists will create their own compositions to act as examples and inspiration to our community members.
All of the final elements, from our team and community participants, will be curated into a final video composition. The event will comprise of a screening of this final composition as well as a live discussion panel.
SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE
Explore Guelph’s rivers under pedal power.
Join us as we explore Guelph’s river systems under pedal power. Floodplains, ancient riverbanks, waterfalls, the confluence of Guelph’s two rivers, a bit of history, and a lot of geographic insight.
This online event will have closed captions.
Launch of the Take 2 Watershed Cleanup
Join us for the launch event for the Take 2 Watershed Cleanup Project, which engages members of the public, including schools, community groups and other organizations, in the Speed River and Eramosa River watersheds to clean up their watersheds using independent trail and shoreline cleanups. In light of COVID-19, people have been increasingly accessing natural spaces within their watersheds, which has increased the amount of garbage and litter present in these areas and is negatively impacting the environment. The Project will address both the symptoms and sources of pollution along the Eramosa and Speed Rivers in Guelph-Eramosa Township, the City of Guelph, and the City of Cambridge.
This online event will have closed captions.
Guelph residents have created ways to cross the mighty Speed River for more than 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. What's under our feet? Why were the bridges built? Walk with me to hear the stories.
Discover and appreciate our urban biodiversity.
Join us to virtually explore Arboretum Creek, a tributary of the Eramosa River. Discover and celebrate the biodiversity found in the aquatic environments of our two rivers. Learn how to identify and study the plant and animal life we have in and beside our streams.
A great activity for all ages.
Come walk with us along our waterways
Join the Yorklands Green Hub's weekly walk to see the beauty of the former Guelph Correctional Centre site and how our waterways connect. This event will repeat each Thursday at 3pm throughout the festival.
Note: No washrooms on site. The York Road bus can be taken from city centre and parking is available along York Road.
Learn all about owls with the Owl Foundation
Peter Thoem is Nature Guelph's June guest speaker. Peter will talk about Ontario’s owls and the work done by the Vineland-based Owl Foundation rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned owls. The Owl Foundation treats more than a hundred owls a year. Peter's presentation looks at the mishaps (mostly man-made) that befall owls, the treatment and care they receive at the Owl Foundation, the Foundation’s successes and some losses. Peter’s presentation will include many great photos of owls; both while receiving treatment and of owls in the wild.
If you have any questions about the event or how to join it please contact [email protected]
Everyone is welcome!
TO PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND: Click here to register to attend the Zoom talk.
You will be sent an automated confirmation email containing the Zoom link and reminders as the event day approaches.
A storytelling walking tour
Scandalous tales from Guelph's past coupled with delightful poetic recitations from some of early Guelph's finest poets; John McCrae, James Gay, Henrietta Hazelwood, Thomas Laidlaw, and John Galt. Enjoy a walk along the Speed River as Jay shares with you tales not found in history books!
This event is rain or shine and will cover ~1km of flat, partially unpaved terrain.
Stories will include material not recommended for children.
Stencil your canoe with a moccasin as an act of reconciliation.
Join us to hear from Carolyn King and to learn about the Moccasin Identifier Project. Bring your canoe so that it can be stencil painted with a moccasin as an act of reconciliation.
Initiated, designed, and led by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Moccasin Identifier is a teaching tool and public awareness-building program for Treaty relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians. With stencils in-hand, Carolyn and the Moccasin Identifier team have travelled across Southern Ontario teaching about Treaties, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the Indigenous relationship to land.
The Moccasin Identifier uses four moccasin symbols reflective of the Indigenous diversity of Ontario. These stencils are adapted by acclaimed Indigenous artist Phil Coté from the original 16th century moccasins in the private collection of the Bata Shoe Museum.
Since 2011, the Moccasin Identifier has worked at a grassroots level visiting over 1,000 schools, universities, workshops, major events, opening ceremonies, and celebrations, reaching over 10,000 people. In 2014, Carolyn worked with the City of Toronto to create a one of a kind Moccasin Identifier stone installation at Ontario Place’s new Trillium Park on Toronto’s waterfront. In 2018, Moccasin Identifier received a two-year grant from the Greenbelt Foundation. This boosted the program to the next level by building capacity, launching a website, producing and testing the pilot educational kit, and gathering all of the archaeology of the Greenbelt for the Moccasin Identifier Installations.
For more information please visit www.moccasinidentifier.com.
Parking on Water Street.