Elora Travel Guide

  • Mill Street, Elora
    Mill Street, Elora
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  • Mill Street, Elora
    Mill Street, Elora
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  • Grand River and Mill Street
    Grand River and Mill Street
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Elora Things to Do

  • To do or not to do

    We hiked to see where to descend from to get to the bottom for our tubing adventure. When we saw the place, it was on the other side of the gorge. Hiking on the ridge towards left we saw a narrow bridge made for crossing the bridge. However, it was one way bridge, we could not have driven over it to get to the other side.So we returned to the car...

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  • How deep is the gorge?

    The rocky platform that we landed on after climbing down the 'Hole in the Rock' gave us an idea of how deep the gorge was and how far down we would eventually have to descend to enjoy tubing and kayaking in the Grand River.One point to note is that up on the ridge level, it was hot and humid. When we landed in the gorge, it was quite cold.

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  • Explore the gorge and observe nature

    The slopes and floor of the gorge were lush green with many kinds of herbs, shrubs, wild flowers and trees. The floor itself was rocky and slippery due to erosion from the river water. Closer to the floor, the gorge had exposed the roots of many trees. We could see huge trees, along with their deep roots.The river water gushed by us crashing...

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  • Hole in the Rock lets you peep through

    At the junction of the trails marked yellow and green, it said 'Hole in the Rock', which is shown in the picture.Climbing down the stairs through the Hole we landed in a open platform, which probably was a rock outcrop over the gorge, giving a pleasant view of the Grand River flowing at the bottom of the gorge about 300 feet deep.This place...

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  • Baby trails for hiking are good...

    We entered the park from Elora town side and turned right at the first fork within the conservation area. We continued towards the end of the park and stopped at the parking which showed a map of the park with 3 prominently marked hiking trails (see picture). The map turned out to be a good point for us to orientate to the geographical features of...

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  • Admiring an odd tree growth.

    The first thing that captures eyes as soon as one climbs down the 'Hole in the Rock' is the tree shown in the picture. The tree has stood its ground even after the erosion of the soil that has taken place due to wind and rain water run off for many years. This is why environmentalists are concerned about deforestation in hilly and mountainous...

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Elora Restaurants

  • Cafe

    Small, quaint, good food. Nice place for lunch. Nice place for a tea break. In the summer there's outside seating in the back patio. Reflects the arts and crafts feel of Elora.

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  • Cafe

    Great place for a light lunch. The chai latte is very nice. Nice view of the Grand River. Good location - amongst the arts and crafts shops on Mill Street. After lunch you can browse the gift shop (main floor) and the toys (second floor). In the summer you can eat out on the patio deck that overlooks the river. Soup and salad with a chai latte.

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  • Fancy dining

    Upscale. The kind of restaurant that has a wine cellar and calls the food 'cuisine'.We dine here for special occassions (anniversary, special birthday, graduation, etc.)Fantastic setting in a converted stone mill next to the "Tooth of Time" waterfall on the Grand River. Salad of Romaine HeartsWith double smoked Lardon, a creamy Caesar vinaigrette,...

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Elora Nightlife

  • by vtnow Written May 10, 2009

    I recently found myself visiting the village of elora. a really nice little town.. beautiful scenery, some really neat, unusual shops however the night life was pretty quiet... i have visited elora in the summer months...last time...some yrs ago live jazz music was being played on a boat on the river, though we were there early spring...i guess we were a bit early. anyways this time around my friend and i were looking for something to do in the evening... someone from the elora mill hotel suggested that we take in a movie at the local cinema. as luck had it, they were showing "slum dog millionaire". we had a lovely time...the movie was great, however it was really neat to view it in the cinema itself...a great change from the usual big box movie experience. a very unique cinema!! seems like they are interested in showing not only "box office" hits but also more random and interesting films...i've booked a camping weekend in elora in july with friends..already told them about the cinema...hopefully we will catch a movie...

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Elora Transportation

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    by sim1 Written Sep 10, 2002

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    How to get to Elora :
    From the 401, follow Hwy.6 North through Guelph. Continue on Hwy.6 to County Road No.7. Follow No.7 for about 10 minutes - and Voila! You are in Elora :-)

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Elora Shopping

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  • Lots of boutiques

    If you head down towards the river; you will find a cluster of boutiques along Metcalfe St as you approach the bridge over the Grand River from the north. Our favourite cluster lies on the West Bridge St. All kinds of items you would expect to find is speciality boutiques; from food to clothing to home decor.

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  • The Bear Cupboard

    There are so many fun shops in Elora, and this is one of them : The Bear Cupboard. Take a look at the next picture to see the inside.

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Elora Warnings and Dangers

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    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Nov 28, 2005

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    Our two bits on few drawbacks:

    1. While hiking and camping In summers, it can get very hot and humid. It is advisable that you carry lot of water and wet wipes.
    2. Mosquitoes and fruite flies can make your life miserable. Do carry insect repellents.
    3. While it can be hot and humid on the ridge, it can get nippy in the gorge near the river, especially when the sun begins to set. Carry light jackets.
    4. Tubing can get you wet, especially if you get disbalanced and turn turtle in water. Take couple of extra pairs of clothings and shoeware each time you descend the gorge for water based activities.
    5. It can get very crowded on weekends. You can hardly find a camping site to yourself. Don't worry. No one is peeping. Every one is enjoying their own lives. Be good neighbors to others. You can actually make many new friends.

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Elora Off The Beaten Path

  • Hidden Walking Trails

    Alternate views of the Elora Mill Inn and the Elora Gorge can be had by following the lesser known walking trail on the opposite side of the Grand River from the Elora Mill Inn. From the mill, walk to the Geddes Street Bridge, opposite the gas station, cross it and follow the riverbank to the right. Impressive views such as in the attached photos...

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  • Hidden Walking Trails

    Alternate views of the Elora Mill Inn and the Elora Gorge can be had by following the lesser known walking trail on the opposite side of the Grand River from the Elora Mill Inn. From the mill, walk to the Geddes Street Bridge, opposite the gas station, cross it and follow the riverbank to the right. Impressive views such as in the attached photos...

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  • Tubing is the for real adventurers

    Tubing is really off the beaten path adventure. It is more fun when done in company. We had only one tube and Rayyan and Ifrah took turns on it. But there were joint families and groups of 6 members and over, who did tubing and made chains by holding each others' hands.We took this picture at the gorge floor. The spectators are watching the tubers...

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  • Why go to Elora at all?

    We would like you to accompany us to Elora for the following 3 reasons:1. Grand River (Elora) Racetracks2. Specialty shopping3. Elora Gorge Conservation Area 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...

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  • More than a visit, a place to call home

    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...

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  • 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...

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For a Great Shot of the Inn...
Restaurants
Take a chance with kayaking
Off The Beaten Path
Do some tubing in the Grand River
Off The Beaten Path
Hiking on the mountain ridge
Things to Do
The Elora Gorge
Things to Do
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