The terrain of the Elora Gorge Conservation Area is generally flat with modest slopes and hills and places where you can descend staircases to the gorge floor and the banks of the Grand River
Please note that in order to do this hike you must have a valid paid receipt from the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. Access to the grounds are by paid admission only. See the comments from ECA below and please heed this warning Free parking available in town.
Weekdays- Adults (15-64) $5.50; Seniors $4.75; Children (6-14) $2.75; Preschool (5 and under) free.
Weekends- Adults $5.75; Seniors $5; Children $3; Preschool free.
Establishments in Elora on Mill St
Many picnic tables throughout the Elora Gorge Conservation Area
20 Apr 2010
Not wheelchair accessible
2016 -Note the comment below by Vandehoef concerning the dead end at (009) due to construction and the need to go back to High Bridge.
NOTE: The Elora Gorge Conservation Area (EGCA) is closed from Oct 15 until May 1. This hike is now out of date and will be completely revised in 2017 to focus on the Grand Valley Trail which passes throught the EGCA through an agreement with the EGCA and also connects with the Elora-Cataract Trailway to the east of downtown Elora. The section through other parts of the EGCA will be removed. You can still hike these removed areas through paid admission to the EGCA where maps of trails are available.
You can go as far as the High Bridge and then return on the far side or go all the way to the Low Bridge for the complete hike.
High and Low bridges; Hole in the wall; waterfalls
X-country skiing; snowshoeing on Elora Cataract Trailway
The Elora Gorge hike is set in one of the most picturesque areas of Ontario, surrounded by rolling hills and Mennonite farmland.
Elora is famous for the spectacular Elora Gorge which seems out of place in the middle of this agricultural area. Formed by glacial meltwater, the 2 km gorge is noted for its 24 m (80 foot) limestone cliffs descending into the Grand and Irvine Rivers. Adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers regularly flock to Elora to enjoy some fun and take in the glorious natural beauty.
Many original stone buildings from the 1800’s still make up the downtown village centre. Over the decades, Elora has maintained its old world charm and the century-old buildings have been transformed into unique galleries, gift shops, artists studios and charming restaurants creating a four-season shopping and dining destination. Skiing is popular in the conservation area in winter.
The Elora Gorge Park is governed by of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). It is one of the most beautiful natural surroundings of Southern Ontario, Canada. No wonder that the Elora Gorge attracts over a quarter of a million visitors a year!
It should be noted that the whole route is devoid of any trail markers or information of any kind. In fact even on Mill Street, I could find no information or maps on where the best places to view the gorge could be found. Not to worry -we've located them all. Probably the best times to hike this area is in Spring and Fall when it is not packed with campers and picnickers as is the case from May 24 to Labour Day.