TRAVEL SERIES: Ontario, Canada. Exploring Elora


Living in the city can wear on the soul; weekend retreats that allow the escape of the noisy, jam-packed streets, the re-connection with nature, the quieting of the mind, and the exploring of the great outdoors is essential for those city folk with adventurous spirits. From stunning shorelines, to beautiful bays, to quaint towns, and picturesque plains, Ontario is home to many beautiful outdoor treasures.


Elora is the perfect getaway for the adventure loving outdoor enthusiast. Located just under two hours from Toronto, the small village and gorge is a great place to road trip for a weekend escape or even just to explore for a day!

In the Elora Gorge Conservation Area, the breathtakingly beautiful trails weave through the forest, along the exquisite limestone cliffs, through the hidden caves, and around the rushing waters of Grand River.

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Get in the water and kayak or tube down the river, allowing the rapids to push you along.

Refresh after a hike with a swim in a quarry or off one of the sandy beaches.

Cyclists can bike a portion of the Trans-Canada Trail, which passes through and connects the rural community with other small towns, extending through Canada coast-to-coast.

For a little rush, zip line across the gorge or enjoy a birds-eye view of the incredible Southwestern Ontario scenery in a hot air balloon ride.

After a day of adventures, enjoy a bite to eat at one of the great little restaurants in the eclectic town.  From dingy but delicious diners, to fancy foodie favourites, there is a variety of different restaurant options to choose from.

Planning on staying the night? Rent a campsite and pitch a tent for a beautiful night under the stars surrounded by nature.

Not quite the camping type? There are plenty of Air BnB options available.

Looking to be pampered? The Elora Mill Hotel & Spa is for you. The picturesque and luxurious hotel is a mix of rustic and timeless elegance that promotes relaxation at its finest.

Whatever you choose, Elora promises to be a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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