Peterborough Children's Water Festival

19th Annual Festival – Going virtual May 2021

Wednesday May 20th, 2020

The 2020 Peterborough Children's Water Festival has been cancelled due to the challenging circumstances of COVID-19.

We will plan toward a spring festival in May 2021, and will post all updates to our website and through school board communications.

We are so grateful to all of our Community Partners, volunteers, teachers and students for your ongoing commitment to to providing immersive water education at the PCWF!

The Wonders of Water program will continue to create locally focused and fun water education for #WaterWednesday - find our archives here!


Thank you for your support of Water Education! 💦

Registration is Closed until further notice

Peterborough City and County Registration is closed until further notice.

About Us

The Peterborough Children’s Water Festival (PCWF) is a community event for children in Grade 2 to 5. The PCWF provides students with the opportunity to discover the importance and diversity of water.

The PCWF works in partnership with educators, water quality and quantity specialists, community volunteers, conservation groups, industry and government to create a festival full of activities that are educational and fun for children in grades 2 to 5.

Learning about Benthic Macroinvertebrates
Learning how to ID Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Check out the Highlights from our many years of Water Education!


The Peterborough Children's Water Festival has been a successful educational event for 18 years thanks to the support of our community partners and local businesses. 

Sponsors enable us to promote and deliver water education to hundreds of children in Peterborough and the Kawarthas region annually.

Thanks to our 2020 & 2021 Sponsors!

Festival Sponsor — $5,000+
Ptbo Utilities
Ontario Trillium
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Festival Patron — $2,500-$4,999


Festival Benfactor — $1,000-$2,499

Siemens Milltronics
Ontario Power Generation
Valdor Engineering Inc.

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Zone E

Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies

Festival Friend — < $1,000

Grant and Emma Murphy

Township of Selwyn

In Kind Sponsorship

City of Peterborough


Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Otonabee Conservation

Peterborough Utilities Group

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Riverview Park and Zoo


Trent University

We are enormously grateful for the financial and in-kind contributions of local sponsors that support our in-person festival!

Thank you to past and present sponsors who have supported immersive water education!  We're thinking of all of you in these unprecedented times!

Thanks to our 2019 Steering Committee

City of Peterborough


Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Otonabee Conservation

Peterborough Northumberland Victoria and Clarington Catholic District School Board 

Peterborough Utilities Group

Riverview Park and Zoo

Trent University

Wayne Shiver, Community Member