The Guide To: Elora

A quaint town perched on the edge of a dramatic gorge and along the banks of the Grand & Irvine River, Elora has original buildings from the 1800s that add to its unique charm. The area has attractions for the whole family, from browsing original boutiques, viewing astounding architecture, tasting unique culinary flavours, walking scenic trails to hearing live music and perusing local arts. The town’s main attractions are the Elora Gorge and the Elora Quarry, which are about a 10-minute drive from each other – so if you have time, make sure to visit both. It’s also known as one of the cutest towns in Ontario. 

Pick up a floaty from the dollar store and spend your afternoon bobbing around the Elora QuarryBringing a picnic lunch is absolutely key if you’re looking to save money (along with lots of water). The sandy beach does get crowded on the weekends in the summer, so my advice is the earlier you get there, the better. If you want to find a quieter time to go and score the best views, weekdays or early mornings are probably your best bet.


Location: Elora, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 1 hr 50 min
Dog-Friendly: No
Parking: Yes
Admission Cost: Check Here
Time of Year: 
Opens the first weekend in June until Labour Day
10am – 8pm on weekends and 11am – 8pm on weekdays

Trail Difficulty: Easy
Washroom Facilities: Yes
Swimming: Yes
Camping: No

The trails at Elora Gorge Conservation Area will lead you to the river’s edge, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by gigantic 22-meter limestone cliffs. From May to October, you can spend time swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or tubing down the Grand River. There are even rubber tubes available for rental and a splash pad for small children. It’s also ideal for camping in the summer and early fall to watch the leaves start to change.


Location: Elora, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 1 hr 30 min
Dog-Friendly: Yes
Parking: Yes
Admission Cost: Check Here
Time of Year: 
Open daily from May 1st to October 15th (Day use and camping)
From dusk to dawn

Trail Difficulty: Medium (Can get slippery depending on the time of year)
Washroom Facilities: Yes (Hard to find flush-toilets)
Swimming: Yes
Camping: Yes

Best Places To Eat Nearby:

  • The Lost & Found Cafe
  • Cafe Creperie
  • Box Social
  • V-Edge Smoothie Cafe
  • Cork Restaurant
  • Elora Brewing Company
  • The Cellar Pub and Grill
  • Brewhouse On The Grand

Where To Stay:

Disclaimer: All information and prices are accurate as of the time of the posting. All opinions expressed are completely my own. This post is not sponsored. 
*All images are copyrighted Julia Melcher (@adventureontario) or credited to their owners. Please do not use or re-post without written consent and provide credit where applicable

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