Posted April 26, 2013


Grand River Country Events for May and June

Registration is underway for summer camps

Grand River - Registration is now open for the many summer camp programs for kids age six to 16 provided by the Grand River Conservation Authority. These are available at five nature centres throughout the watershed: Guelph Lake Nature Centre (Guelph), Laurel Creek Nature Centre (Waterloo), Apps' Mill Nature Centre (Brantford) Rockwood Nature Centre, Belwood Lake fishing camp.

These environmental day camps are designed to introduce children to the wonders of nature while they enjoy fun, hands-on activities in the great outdoors. There are camps to meet the interests of different age groups on a variety of topics such as survivor camp, art outdoors, naturalist-in-training and ecosystem explorer. Registration is online through

May 1 2013

GRCA Parks open!
Grand River Parks
This is the day to begin a new season of camping, swimming, canoeing, fishing and hiking at GRCA parks. The parks are open May 1 to Oct. 14 this year allowing for 167 days of outdoor activities in the finest natural areas within the Grand River watershed. Park passes are available at the gatehouse of each of the parks or online at Campsites can be booked online at Make this your year to get outside and enjoy nature at GRCA Parks.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Waterloo Earth Day
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Waterloo Earth Day is a free fun-filled day of family activities with an environmental theme. Activities include exploring the urban forest with tree planting, bird house building, animals, games and cool stuff to touch. For more information, contact the GRCA at 519-621-2763 ext. 2268 or the City of Waterloo at 519-747-8643, visit, or download an info poster (PDF).

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Shimano Take a Kid Fishing Day
Belwood Lake Conservation Area, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Shimano Take a Kid Fishing Day will be held at the Belwood Lake Conservation Area just east of Fergus, Ontario. This event is designed for children ages 8-14 and their parents. Kids will learn how to cast, rig lures, tie flies, identify various fish species and their habitats, and how to find and catch more fish. They will also get to see the latest fishing equipment and tackle in a safe, natural environment.

Courses include: Rigging Lures & Tying Knots; Archery; Fly Tying; Fishing for Rainbow Trout; Bassmaster Casting Competition; Learning about Fish with a Biologist and Pro Fishing Seminars. There are two sessions per day running from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free for registered participants but park entry fees apply ($2.75 children & $5.50 adults). The event is limited to 120 kids per session, so register early. Download a brochure about this event.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Upper Grand Trailway Tree Plant
Upper Grand Trailway 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring your family to plant trees along the Upper Grand Trailway. Meet at the Trailway Parking lot. Lunch to be provided by the Grand Valley Lions Club. Contact Kim Davison (519) 928-2973 or Vada McCrone (519) 928-2841 for more information. View a poster about this event.

May 4-5 2013

Swift Canoe Spring Sale
Guelph Lake Conservation Area
Swift Canoe and Kayak will bring canoes and kayaks for sale at Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Purchasers can try out a boat before they purchase it. Park admission fees apply.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Migratory Bird Day
Shade's Mills Conservation Area , 10 a.m. to noon
Scope out the forests, meadows and reservoir in search of our fine feathered friends - warblers, orioles, flycatchers, ducks, geese and more. A limited number of binoculars are available. Children 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Park admission fee applies.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Best Dam Golf Tournament
Galt Country Club, Cambridge
This tournament is being sponsored by the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA) and is an event in the Best Dam Partnership series. Funds from this series will go towards a hydro power generator at Parkhill Dam to provide a source income for conservation projects. A $500,000 goal has been set by the group and nearly half of that has been raised to date. The ticket price of $1,000 per foursome or $250 each includes dinner, lunch, reception, golf, great prizes and a charitable receipt for a portion of the cost. To reserve tickets register online at, call Doina Hartley at 519-621-2763 ext. 2372 or1-877-29-GRAND (877-294-7263) or email

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mill Creek headwaters walk
Friends of Mill Creek 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friends of Mill Creek is celebrating 15 years of stewardship along Mill Creek by holding a series of walks to highlight the work that has been done. This is the first walk and starts at Watson Road South in Puslinch. For details check

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Grand Opportunities Fly Fishing Forum
Belwood Lake Conservation Area
A day of on river seminars and many related events about fly fishing sponsored by Friends of the Grand River. This is a great way to learn more and meet other anglers. Park admission fee applies.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Dumfries Kitefest
Dumfries Conservation Area, noon to 3 p.m.
The 17th annual Dumfries Kite Festival features kite flying demonstrations that include parachuting teddy bears, kite making workshops and a chance to hike the trails to see the arboretum. Bring your own picnic and lawn chair. Check the website for more information.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Underwater World Life Under the Rocks in Mill Creek
Shade's Mills Conservation Area , 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring your boots, your crocs or old running shoes. We're going into the creek to search under rocks for nymphs, larvae and hellgrammites. Learn to separate the boys from the girls when it comes to crayfish. Children 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Park admission fee applies.

June 9-16, 2013

Two Rivers Festival
Various Locations in Guelph
This is the second year of the Two Rivers Festival to celebrate the Speed and Eramosa rivers that meet in the city of Guelph. Partner organizations are holding river-related events in Guelph. These include hikes, paddling, water-related talks, performance, river heritage and children's events. This festival begins June 9 which is Canadian Rivers Day (these rivers share Heritage River designation with the Grand River). See for more information.

June 15-16, 2013

Guelph Lake Triathlon Weekend
Guelph Lake Conservation Area
The Subaru Triathlon Series provides a variety of race distances for all levels of athletes. The Guelph Lake Conservation Area is dubbed "Canada's Most Popular Triathlon Site." Register and see a full schedule at Trisport Canada.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bringing Back Mill Creek
Friends of Mill Creek, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friends of Mill Creek is celebrating 15 years of stewardship along Mill Creek by holding a series of walks to highlight the work that has been done. This second walk starts at the Puslinch Community Centre in Aberfoyle. For details and to sign up, check the Meet the Creeks page.

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