We remain hopeful that we can gather on the weekend of July 22-24, 2022 to finally celebrate together in person. We are aware, however, that things can change quickly, so while our Plan A is to have a summer festival at Guelph Lake Conservation Area, we have several other plans as back-up in case that cannot happen. If we cannot run a full in-person festival in the summer, we will refund your tickets.
2020 Summer Weekend Passes remain valid for 2022
Thanks for sharing our cautious optimism and hanging on to your 2020 tickets. These tickets will be valid for the 2022 summer festival! Present your 2020 tickets at the gate for admission.
See the Hillside Festival 2022 lineup here!
The following are base ticket prices. HST and service charge are added at the point of sale:
Tier 1: Jan 1 – Feb 28 $129
Tier 2: March 1 – April 30 $139
Tier 3: May 1 – June 30 $149
Tier 4: July 1- 22 $159
Health and safety
We are committed to keeping our community safe. We remain hopeful that we can gather on the weekend of July 22-24, 2022 to finally celebrate together in person. We are aware, however, that things can change quickly, so while our Plan A is to have a summer festival at Guelph Lake Conservation Area, we have several other plans as back-up in case that cannot happen.
Hillside will follow all mandated health and safety rules related to COVID-19 in the province of Ontario. Currently (April 27, 2022), the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has lifted restrictions regarding proof of vaccination, masking, and social distancing in outdoor locations, and has added that individual businesses may implement their own measures and remain mindful of the measures their local Public Health units have put in place. We are aware that the province’s new plan may change if key indicators (hospitalization and ICU rates) change by the time of our summer festival (July 22-24, 2022). We will respond accordingly. In addition, the festival reserves the right to mandate additional measures to protect the health and safety of patrons, artists, volunteers, vendors, and staff, which may include masking, proof of vaccination, and COVID-19 screening at entry.
Vendors and Local Artists
All vendors and local artists who were selected for the 2020 summer festival will be included for the 2022 festival. Food and craft vendors have been contacted to confirm their status. If you did not receive an email, please check your spam folder or email [email protected].
We are not taking applications for this year.
Please find information about volunteering here.
Guelph Lake Campground Camping
If you are looking to book a campsite—either campground campsite or festival field campsite—please check the Guelph Lake Conservation Area website. Please see below for additional information from the GRCA.
GRCA conservation areas set to take reservations beginning March 15
Camping season opens May 1, 2022
It may not look like it outside, but the 2022 camping season is just around the corner and the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) campsite reservation system will be open to take reservations online beginning March 15, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
The reservation system at www.grcacamping.ca provides a 24-hour, online reservation service until mid-October, when the camping season closes. Reservations by phone are available by calling 1-877-558-4722, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., 7-days a week.
Campsite reservations can be made for all eight GRCA conservation areas that offer camping. Limited group site and pavilion bookings will be available by calling the conservation areas directly, beginning May 1.
New reservation system for 2022
The GRCA campsite reservation system will take on a new look this year, focused on an improved customer experience. The system will open for limited online access, beginning March 8 at 8:00 a.m. Visitors will be able to set up a new customer profile, explore campsites at GRCA conservation areas and become familiar with the platform ahead of the launch date. Reservations will not be available online or by phone until March 15.
· GRCA online camping reservation website: www.grcacamping.ca
· Online hours of operation: 24 hours a day, March 15 through to mid-October
· We are committed to providing accessible customer service. If guests require alternate booking arrangements beginning March 15, call 1-877-558-4722.
COVID-19 pandemic restrictions eased
While the GRCA will be easing many COVID-19 restrictions at its conservation areas this year, some operational limitations will remain in place. Conservation areas will continue to manage day-use capacity and guests will be asked to follow all local public health guidelines. Swimming pools at Brant and Byng Island conservation areas and the splash pad at Elora Gorge Conservation Area will reopen this summer.
To stay up-to-date on conservation area and activity status, visit www.grandriver.ca/conservationareastatus for real-time information about whether a conservation area is open or has reached its operating capacity for the day.
The GRCA is the second largest campground operator in Ontario, providing up to 2,200 campsites throughout the Grand River watershed. Of the GRCA’s 11 conservation areas, eight offer nightly, monthly, or seasonal camping opportunities.