15 Great Events for the Fifth Annual 2Rivers Festival

For immediate release

May 02, 2016

Guelph – Wellington Water Watchers is pleased to announce the events for 2Rivers Festival 2016. During the months of May and June, there will be 15 events taking place along or on our beautiful rivers and their tributaries. Birding, paddling, singing, walking, catching, hiking, biking, restoring, dancing, pulling, and bioblitzing are the enticing activities that will be available to all ages and stages…and all are FREE! An historic walk, a crayfish catch, a concert under the bridge, a chance to learn to paddle a canoe plus much, much more are presented by local organizations through the 2Rivers Festival.

We ask that you register to confirm numbers attending.


Guelph started with a bang…the felling of a tree by John Galt in April 1827 by the side of the Speed River, not far from where it meets the Eramosa River. Today the Speed and the Eramosa are a source of beauty, pride and opportunities for rejuvenation and recreation.

“Guelph’s River System is its most important ecological, cultural and recreational feature. The restoration of our rivers is still in its early stages,” stated Stan Kozak, one of the founders of the 2Rivers Festival. “We can create a future where Guelph is known as the place where two rivers meet and people walk, picnic, swim, and observe wildlife. By coming together in celebration and visioning, we can regenerate both our river ecosystems and our community.”

Festival organizers merged forces with the Wellington Water Watchers in 2015 and this year marks the fifth annual 2 Rivers Festival to celebrate the ways Guelph citizens can enjoy, protect and learn about these watery arteries that bring such life to our city.

“We are proud to be the host organization for the annual 2Rivers festival,” says Arlene Slocombe, Executive Director, Wellington Water Watchers, “and we are proud to promote the great work of the many local organizations hosting Festival events. By encouraging meaningful connection with our local waters our goal is to inspire a greater sense of stewardship.”

The first event is the Restoration Walk on Saturday May 7 and May 8th at the proposed future sight of the Yorklands Green Hub property at 2 pm. The final event is on Sunday June 25 in Elora and Fergus where the 2Rivers Festival has allied with The Confluence Festival for the first time.

All information is available in a booklet that can be found at the 2Rivers Festival website as well as at many of our sponsoring businesses, Tourism Guelph, and at your local branch of the Guelph Public Library. On our website, you can find all the info along with a downloadable version of the booklet with descriptions, directions, a calendar and a link to register to events. Many thanks to our Festival Sponsors, listed along with each event. Please consider supporting these businesses. They make our 2Rivers Festival possible.


About Wellington Water Watchers: Founded in 2007, Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization based in Guelph, Ontario. Committed to the protection of water resources and public education, WWW works to affect local water policy and protect water sources. WWW merged forces with the organizing committee of the 2Rivers Festival in 2015 and are proud to be the host organization of this annual Festival.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stan Kozak
2Rivers Festival Founder. stankozak@betterlearning.ca 519-826-0408

Arlene Slocombe
Executive Director, Wellington Water Watchers wellingtonwaterwatchers@gmail.com

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