Ten Top Things to do in Elora and Fergus
- Hike or view the Gorge, visiting viewpoints such as Lover’s leap, and The Tooth of Time
- Tube or canoe the Elora Gorge with local rental options
- Swim at the Elora Quarry (pictured above)
- Shop the historic streets and boutiques of Elora
- Visit the Elora Centre for the Arts and enjoy beautiful local art
- Catch a film at the local independent theatre, the Gorge Cinema
- Take a Self guided Historical Walking Tour and soak up some history
- Take a leap and zip line across the Elora Gorge
- Hike or Bike the Elora Cataract Trailway
- Visit the Grand River Raceway and view live harness racing
- Visit the beautiful Templin Gardens
- Satisfy your sweet tooth at local candy makers, “ I Love Chocolate “
- Take a self guided Historical Walking Tour
- Support local talent at the Fergus Grand Theatre
- Explore the local vendors and grab a bite at the Fergus General Store
- Shop the beautiful streets of Fergus
- Try your hand at fly-fishing on the beautiful Grand River
- Check out the Wellington County Museum and Archives
- Enjoy the renowned Scottish Festival and Truck Show
- Relax with a great meal and cold ale at one of the many outdoor patios
Elora Fergus Tourism
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
- Where is the best spot to see the gorge? For the gentle way through the gorge, make your way over to Victoria Park and follow the trail to “Lover’s Leap”, were you can overlook the merging waters of the Grand and Irvine rivers some 80 feet below. You can follow the Upper Gorge trail and take the steps down into the Gorge for a fantastic vantage point!
- Do you have any bike/hiking trails? You can hike or cycle along the Elora Cataract trailway which links Elora and Fergus and other rural communities. For a nice hiking trail around the gorge, check out the Upper Gorge Trailway which begins at Victoria park and ends at the Wellington Road 7 bridge. Maps for this are available at the Elora information centre. There is also hiking at the Elora Gorge and Elora Quarry Conservation Areas.
- What is the population of Elora / Fergus? The Township has 28,500 people, with the Fergus Urban Centre at 14,300 and the Elora-Salem Urban Centre at 6,990.
- Where is a good place to eat? Visit the Dining section of this website for a listing of our restaurants. Be sure to leave time to relax and dine in one of our quaint eateries!
- Where would you recommend to stay? The Fergus Elora Bed & Breakfast Association has 20-plus member B&Bs in the Elora and Fergus area. You can view member B&Bs at www.febba.ca and check current availability on line. For a quick link to overnight experiences, maps and directions, click here.
- Do you have camping in or around Elora? There are campsites at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. You can visit www.grandriver.ca/index/document.cfm?Sec=27&Sub1=124&sub2=0 for more information. Camping is also available at the Highland Pines Campground outside of Fergus. Visit their website at www.highlandpines.com. We have lots of stores in the area for your camping needs such as hardware stores and grocery stores.
- Do you have any information on the history of Elora/Fergus? If you visit our Information Centre, you can obtain a number of Self Guided Walking Tour Guides. Think about taking a Historical Walking Tour with two costumed characters through Older Voices www.oldervoices.blogspot.ca or Elora Tours www.eloratours.com. Another great way to get to know the History of this area is to visit the Wellington county Museum and Archives, located between Elora and Fergus on County Rd #18.
- Do you have a brochure or listing of the Events and Festivals in Elora/Fergus throughout the year? We have a Festivals and Events Guide for Wellington County, available at the information centre. The information in this brochure is available online at www.wellingtonfestivals.ca. You can also access a local events directory online at http://www.centrewellington.ca/newsandevents/Pages/Event-Search.aspx
- Is there anywhere to go swimming in or around Elora? Yes, enjoy a swim at the Elora Quarry located on the edge of Elora on County Road #18. It is open daily from mid June to Labour Day. Swimming is also available at the Belwood Lake Conservation Area. There is a splashpad near downtown Elora at O’Brien park, as well as two coming soon to the Elora Gorge Conservation Area and Millburn Boulevard in Fergus. There is an indoor swimming pool with a slide, children’s pool, lane pool and hot tub at the Fergus Community Sportsplex. You may also want to go for a 2 km tube ride through the exhilarating rapids of the Gorge!
- Is there good fishing in and around Elora and Fergus? The Grand River and its tributaries have a well-deserved reputation as some of the best fishing areas in the country. You can obtain a guide at www.grandriver.ca or visit www.canadasflyfishingoutfitter.com to learn more about Wilson’s Fly Fishing in Fergus.