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Gary MacMillan
Superintendent
gmacmillan@grandriver.ca

7400 County Road 21, R.R. #2
P.O. Box 356
Elora N0B 1S0

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The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. The Grand River rushes through the gorge, which has 22-metre high cliffs. Riverside trails (with safety barriers) and scenic overlooks provide hikers with stunning views of the water far below where kayakers and tubers make their way through the rapids.

Elora Gorge Conservation area has 312 unserviced sites, 145 serviced sites with water and 15/30 amp electrical and 20 serviced sites with 15 amp electrical. Up to six people are permitted per campsite. Check-in is after 2 p.m. and check-out is before noon. Sites can be booked online or by calling toll-free 1-866-ONT-CAMP (1-866-668-2267). There is a Total Alcohol Ban in effect for all dates throughout the season. This ban prohibits the possession or consumption of alcohol anywhere within the Conservation Area, including all registered campsites. 

The Gorge offers a challenge to experienced whitewater canoeists and kayakers.

Other canoeists like to start at the lower end of the conservation area for a trip downstream toward West Montrose (home of the famous covered bridge) and the twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo.

The stretch of the Grand River between Fergus and West Montrose, which includes the Elora Gorge, has attained a well-deserve reputation as one of the best brown trout fishers in North America. Since 1989 more than 400,000 brown trout have been stocked in the river. In addition, other species are available in the river.

Fishing enthusiasts generally wade in the river, although rocky and slippery in some areas. Wading cleats are recommended. As the Grand is 9 to 12 metres wide, it is large enough to challenge the best anglers.

There are 3 km of walking trails in the conservation area, offering views of the 22-metre deep gorge. For safety reasons, all patrons must remain on the designated walking trails and behind the safety barriers.

A one-hectare (2.5 acre) swimming lake is within the conservation area. The lake has two beach areas and a gently sloping grade, making it ideal for young children.  Visitors to Elora Gorge CA can also use their admission receipt for entry to the Elora Quarry Conservation Area, a former limestone quarry on the eastern end of Elora on County Road 18 (the Elora-Fergus Road) It is open from mid-June to Labor Day.  Neither location is patrolled, so parents or guardians must keep a close watch on children at all times.

A multiuse picnic area is adjacent to the campground and open from 9 a.m. to dusk during the operating season.

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