The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural area in the Grand River valley. The Grand River rushes through the gorge, which has 22-metre high cliffs. Riverside trails (with safety barriers) and scenic overlooks provide hikers with stunning views of the water far below where kayakers and tubers make their way through the rapids.

The centre of attraction at this Conservation Area is the "old swimming hole", a 0.8 hectare (two acre) former limestone quarry encircled by sheer cliffs up to 12 metres (40 feet) high. Elora Quarry did not become a conservation area until 1976, but it was a popular swimming area long before that. This 79 acre (32 hectare) day-use conservation area is tree covered.

The Elora Cataract Trailway is owned by the Grand River and Credit Valley Conservation Authorities and is managed by them in cooperation with the Elora Cataract Trailway Association. The 47 kilometre (29 mile) trail links the Grand and Credit watersheds and follows the old Canadian Pacific railroad bed.

Grand River Raceway offers dining and gaming entertainment in a charming, rural setting. Our facility features 240 slots, seasonal live harness racing, year-round simulcast racing, and fine casual dining. Grand River Raceway also boasts party and conference services with fabulous on-site catering to suit your next social event or off-site business function.

The Wellington County Museum and Archives is a National Historic Site. It is located in a building that stands as the oldest remaining House of Industry in Canada. It was built in 1877 as a "Poor House" or place of refuge for the poor, homeless, and destitute people in Wellington County. It operated as a Poor House and Industrial Farm until 1947 when it became a County Home for the Aged. In it was transformed into the Wellington County Museum and Archives. A new Archives wing opened in 2010.

Riverfest Elora is the town’s annual celebration of community and music. For its seventh edition, the festival will expand to three days in 2015, August 14, 15 and 16 in Elora’s Bissell Park. Ice Jam, Riverfest Elora’s winter music festival, will be at the Elora Mill onMarch 7, 2015.

Whether you’re coming by yourself or with the entire clan, there's something for everyone! Celtic music, bagpipes & drums, heavy events, highland dancing, clans and heritage education, McKiddies center, Main field events, beer tent and vendors and so much more! Enjoy the best of Scotland... without the airfare.

Over the years, the programming of the Elora Festival has encompassed all forms of classical music, jazz and folk. The guest musicians, conductors, singers, entertainers, and artists who have appeared at the Elora Festival over its 33 years of making beautiful music include such popular Canadian luminaries as: Maureen Forrester, Holly Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Moe Kaufman, Dame Cleo Laine, Jesse Cook, Buffy Sainte-Maire, Andre Laplante, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Dawn Upshaw, Randy Bachman, Ben Heppner, Steven Page and many more.

In 1986, the Fergus Truck Show was established as a one-time event to raise funds for the Fergus & District Community Centre Complex Hall addition and to introduce area residents to the trucking industry. Today the Fergus Truck Show has grown to be North America’s largest truck show, both in paid attendance and the number of the big truck ‘Show & Shine’ contestants.

When people come to the Elora Farmers’ Market, they not only find great local foods, treats and artisanal products, they find each other too! The market is a true community hub and our customers’ energy is what makes the market so special.

Come for a stroll through the streets of historic Elora and enjoy the culinary delights found there.  During the tour you will sample specially created dishes at various locally owned and operated restaurants and shops while learning about the history and architecture of the area.  Our walking tours bring together food, history and architecture in a unique and fun way.


The Gorge Cinema, now celebrating its 40th year, is the longest continuously running repertory cinema in Canada. Nestled in the heart of downtown Elora, in the former historic 1860s Commercial Hotel, the cinema offers state of the art digital projection and Dolby surround sound in a combination of cutting edge presentation within a heritage setting. 

ONE AXE Pursuits is also a leader in recreational adventures such as outdoor rock climbing, zipline over the Elora Gorge, ice climbing on frozen waterfalls, spelunking through caves and rappelling down limestone cliffs. With programs for the complete beginner to the intermediate climber, we have courses for every level of participant.


The Festival offers something for the whole family; sugar bush tours throughout the day, pancake flipping competition, our famous outdoor vendor mall, antiques, crafts and toy shows and of course lots of maple syrup. Come on out, have fun and be part of our cherished community tradition!

Belwood Lake was created in 1942 with the construction of the Shand Dam, the first dam in Canada built solely for water control purposes. Conservation area visitors can stand on the top deck of the dam and see the vista of the Grand River valley below. A stairway along the face of the dam allows visitors to walk down to its base. The flow from the dam is used to generate hydroelectricity. The 12 km-long lake (7.5 miles) offers excellent boating, fishing and water-skiing, while a small spring-fed quarry offers an ideal spot for people to cool off on hot summer days.

Located in the heart of Wellington County, Guelph offers visitors and residents critically-acclaimed restaurants and accommodations, entertaining and educational activities, and a wide variety of shopping. 

Located in Waterloo Region west of Toronto and within an hour and a half of Niagara Falls, this destination has been welcoming visitors for several decades. It is renowned for Canada’s largest year around Farmers Market and the charming Village of St Jacobs, and is also home to a population of approx. 4,000 Old Order Mennonites who farm the surrounding countryside.

Waterloo Region is made up of three bustling cities, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, plus four scenic, predominantly rural townships. The region includes two universities and a highly successful community college

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