This is The Best Guide to Charming Elora and Elora Gorge Ontario
There is something about small towns that tweak my wanderlust. Perhaps it’s the charm factor. They are adorable small areas that are easy to navigate, have locals supporting each other with family owned businesses, and pretty much the ultimate epitome of picturesque. This totally describes Elora and the Elora Gorge Ontario. 90 mins approximately from Toronto, I had the pleasure of uncovering beautiful things and delicious finds in Elora on top of getting up close and personal with some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in the province.
Elora Gorge Ontario Fun Facts:
- Elora Gorge Ontario is part of the Elora Gorge conservation area just 90 minutes from Toronto
- It is fed by the Grand River.
- The limestone cliffs of Elora Gorge Ontario reach 22 miles in height! (whoa…)
- One of the most popular activities in Elora Gorge Ontario is the seasonal tubing along the river at the bottom.
- Part of the Elora Gorge – the Quarry in particular, was used in Stephen King’s movie “It.”
- The Elora Gorge Conservation Area is a very popular spot for seasonal camping trips in Ontario.
Elora Gorge Ontario – Things to Do
The Elora Gorge is one of the favourite hot spots in the spring and summer for Ontarians. It is understandable considering the winter weather isn’t the most inviting for such activities! As such, there are numerous activities and ways to enjoy the natural escarpment and conservation area!
One of the most popular activities in the Elora Gorge is tubing and for good reason! Open seasonly, this adventure will take riders through the gorge on tubes along the Grand River.
Ontarians love to camp! With the summer months being the favourite time to head out with the tents and sleeping bags, you can only imagine how fast the sites fill up and how far ahead you need to book. Elora Gorge Ontario offers several sites with barbecue pits, facilities, trails, and more. Book fast as it is a very popular summer activity in the province. When you plan, make sure you go when the pesky insects are not in full swing! We have a mini guide to the Ontario bugs here.
Soooooo many travellers and locals love to hike. It is a very healthy hobby that allows you to discover beautiful things, see the magic of nature, and get a good workout while at it! The trails in the Elora Gorge are picturesque, challenging, and offer a flora and fauna of beautiful natural phenomena to experience.
The Elora conservation area is a great place for photo shoots and special occasions! Be sure to check out the natural backdrop for those perfect natural photos.
Town of Elora Fun Facts:
- Population of this picturesque village is slightly over 7700.
- Elora has been named the most beautiful village in Ontario!
- The main feature of the village is the 19th century architecture formed of limestone.
- The Grist Mill still standing in the village was used through out the 1800’s as a saw mill and flour mill. In the 1970’s it was transformed into a hotel. The hotel closed and the plans for it to be converted to condos fell through thanks to outcries from the locals and environmentalists.
- Construction is currently underway in the village with restoration and improvement efforts on the Elora Mill and Spa to be revealed in 2018.
Things to See and Do in Elora
Besides marveling at the quaint and charming architecture, there are some great things to do in Elora. We took a stroll through the village streets and made a few local discoveries to share with y’all 🙂
Lost and Found Cafe
What an adorable local coffee shop! Enjoy deliciously satisfying sandwiches, soups, salads, and sweet treats paired with a delightfully crafted espresso. The owners live in the Elora area and bring some fresh delicious options over the usual chain restaurant fare. We highly recommend the quiche and soups, and salads! They are top notch and full of flavour.
Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Don’t look any further than the local sweet shoppe in Elora! They have a variety of sugary confection ready to tantalize those taste buds. Enjoy some locally made truffles, candies, and the commercial favourites. Hot day? Try some of their gelato!
With most small towns there are truly unique stores and shops to find items you may not see in the big cities. This is thanks to talented local artisans showcasing their craft in their home region. Here are a few of the lovely shops we came across in Elora that truly stood out to us as must-visits while in the charming town.
As you can see, Elora and Elora Gorge Ontario have such beauty and charm to add to your Ontario road trip. Stop in for a browse in the shops, a refreshing gelato, homemade lunch, and then a delightful hike through the trails. Put on the swimsuits and head to the river for some incredible tubing just before lighting the campfire at near your tent. Truly an experience made for the local traveller.
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