Why go to Elora at all?
Favorite thing: We would like you to accompany us to Elora for the following 3 reasons:
1. Grand River (Elora) Racetracks
2. Specialty shopping
3. Elora Gorge Conservation Area
Fondest memory: We watched thoroughbred racing for the first time at Grand River/Elora Racetracks. We have seen Suhail ride horses before, but had never seen riders ran the horses at such gallops as the jockeys did at Elora.
Ifrah and Rayyan miss tubing in the Grand River, while us the parents miss the excitement of seeing the children do activities on their own.
But we miss the overall surrounding of the region very much. It is a nature lovers paradise.
- Family Travel
- Water Sports
More than a visit, a place to call home
Favorite thing: If you come for the day, week or to live, don't stay indoors and miss the beautiful surroundings.
In spring, ride your bike along the Elora Cataract trail to Fergus loop back along the south trail past the museum over the bridge and through the trees. In summer, walk the tree lined streets to admire the houses and other buildings, then enjoy lunch in town. In fall, hike on the south side of the Grand River where a hidden little footpath leads you to a piece of heaven, stone ruins, the mini waterfall view and a spot to wade into the river.
In winter, stand on the David Street bridge and be amazed at natures frozen waterfalls from the cliff's edge.
Fondest memory: My wonderful neighbours make this town the best place to live.
A thank you to Carl, for taking me down to the hidden footpath on the southside of the Grand and patiently waiting for me to finish my oooh and ahhh's. What a romantic place we live in.
- Historical Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Hiking and Walking
History of Elora
Elora is on the banks of the Grand and Irvine rivers and is situated on land once owned by the Six Nations Confederacy. The Six Nations were allied with the British during the American Revolution in 1774 and as such, were given as a reward, land along the Grand River.
The Six Nations had little need for the land along the Grand and began to sell it through government grants. After changing hands several times part of it was sold in 1832 to Captain William Gilkinson, a native of Scotland. Captain Gilkinson planted the seeds of the village of Elora in the hopes that Elora would become a successful town. But the Captain died before he could proceed very far with his plans. He gave the town its name from 'Ellora', the famous caves of India, which Gilkinson was reminded of when he saw the caves and cliffs of the gorge.
Real success was evident by 1850. A flour mill and saw mill attracted farmers with grain and logs to sell, and a widening variety of stores offered products from around the world. Soon there was a thriving livestock as well.
Elora's Mill Street enjoyed its heyday in the 1850s and 1860s, as Elora quickly developed into a major agricultural market. Scottish settlers particularly from the Aberdeen area dominated the village in its early decades, setting the cultural tone and leaving their mark with the stone buildings they constructed. Elora also attracted people from England and Ireland, but also Welsh, American, German and Alsatian natives. The industry started to thrive in Elora.
In the 1880s many local residents became alarmed because the river was becoming a sewer and the gorge a dumpsite and started a clean up. As word of the scenic beauty of Elora spread across the province, the railways began to bring trainloads of weekend excursionists to Elora.
Around 1955 the Elora Gorge Park opened its doors. In the 1960s the first crafts people and artisans moved to town. And nowerdays it is a lovely little town, well worth a visit.
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