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Hike Info

N43.68070 W80.43047

10 km

3.5 h

Beginner/intermediate

223 m

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 This hike is now out of date and will be completely revised in 2017 to focus on the Grand Valley Trail which passes throught the EGCA through an agreement with the EGCA and also connects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 Site

Elora Gorge

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.

A climb down to the gorge bottom and the Grand River

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.

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Comments (7)

  1. Siobhan

Is this an ok hike to do with snow?

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  1. Jack

I have not attempted this hike in the Winter so I don't have first hand info on the conditions. The conservation area is closed in the winter so none of the roads or trails will be maintained. While the gates are closed, the area is open to...

I have not attempted this hike in the Winter so I don't have first hand info on the conditions. The conservation area is closed in the winter so none of the roads or trails will be maintained. While the gates are closed, the area is open to snowshoeing and cross country skiing. You can explore the campground or take on some of the trails along the gorge itself. If you attempt this you should have icers on your boots to keep you from slipping or even showshoes if the snow is deep. From some vantage points you should be able to see rocks covered with ice in the river and also a frozen waterfall or two.

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  1. Elora Gorge

For more CORRECT information on the Elora Gorge Conservation Area and local hiking please visit http://www.grandriver.ca/index/document.cfm?Sec=27&;Sub1=124 or call the park at (519) 846-9742 and stay on the line for park staff. Elora also has...

For more CORRECT information on the Elora Gorge Conservation Area and local hiking please visit http://www.grandriver.ca/index/document.cfm?Sec=27&;Sub1=124 or call the park at (519) 846-9742 and stay on the line for park staff. Elora also has its own information centre that can provide you with accurate local information, their number is (519) 846-9841.

If this post is being read by any administrative staff of this website, please take this trail guide for the Elora Gorge down. It is misleading and causes many confused Torontonians coming in the front gate not prepared to pay and wasting the hour and a half drive out here.

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  1. Jack    Elora Gorge

Thank you for this information. We don't wish to give anyone wrong advice so we appreciate this update. The hike has been modified to make it clear that an entrance fee to the park must be paid before proceeding on the trails within the...

Thank you for this information. We don't wish to give anyone wrong advice so we appreciate this update. The hike has been modified to make it clear that an entrance fee to the park must be paid before proceeding on the trails within the conservation area.

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  1. Elora Gorge    Jack

Thanks very much Jack. We appreciate you doing this and I hope now that hikers have the correct information they can find their way to the park and enjoy the gorgeous views it has to offer.

Take care

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  1. Elora Gorge

This 10km hike is not actually legal. At the part when you cross under the bridge you are actually trespassing into the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. The Elora Gorge Conservation Area is a private (NOT GOVERNMENT FUNDED) park and maintains...

This 10km hike is not actually legal. At the part when you cross under the bridge you are actually trespassing into the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. The Elora Gorge Conservation Area is a private (NOT GOVERNMENT FUNDED) park and maintains itself through the user fee's you are required to pay.

Those fee's are as follows:

Weekdays- Adults (15-64) $5.50; Seniors (65+) $4.75; Children (6-14) $2.75; Preschool (5 and under) free.

Weekends- Adults $5.75; Seniors $5; Children $3; Preschool free.

If you are caught in the conservation area without having a valid receipt from the front gate on you, you will be escorted out and possibly fined for trespassing (Police will be contacted if you are not co-operative).

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  1. Jerry van de Hoef

We walked this trail on Monday. It should be noted that there is no exit from the park after the 009 (Hole in the Wall). We were fortunate to have a park attendent open the back gate and let us out. The proble is that on the side of the...

We walked this trail on Monday. It should be noted that there is no exit from the park after the 009 (Hole in the Wall). We were fortunate to have a park attendent open the back gate and let us out. The proble is that on the side of the river opposite the Mill there is major construction and consequently no pedestrian access.
The best plan at this point is to return the High Bridge and return on the other side of the gorge.

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