Elora Gorge Conservation Area, Elora
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Discover the Canadian wilderness across 145 hectares (360 ac) of raw nature at Elora Gorge Conservation Area. At the nature reserve, find an abundance of campsites, hiking trails, and swimming areas, or engage in a range of activites, such as swimming, kayaking, and tubing. Head to the Grand River, the nature park’s main attraction. Dip your feet into the cold water of the river, which flows through the bottom of the gorge for approximately 2 km (1.2 mi), or head to the Elora Quarry Conservation Area. There, find an old swimming hole surrounded by cliffs up to 12 m (39 ft) tall. Put Elora Gorge Conservation Area and other Elora attractions into our Elora trip itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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Just a short walk from the small parking lot takes you along the edge of the gorge and several beautiful lookout spots. Longer hikes can be done but we could see the gorge in a short five minute walk.
We especially enjoyed this hike as the trails were clean and basically level... a good trail for all ages.
Had such a lovely day in the park. It was quiet and relaxing. We drove around thr psrk and got our barrings and then did the hiking trails, explored the gorge and even fished for the afternoon!! Lots ... read more »
I remember hurting myself really badly while tubing so I managed to stop at the edge and I was going with my family but they went down the whole way so I walked back to the rental area with really scratched and bleeding knees and they gave me a towel to clean up the blood and directed me to where the end of the tubing was and I reunited with my fam.
The campsite is rather small. This in result creates a very little gap between campers. This can be a issue, in my case, resulting in expulsion from the camp. You see, during my very short time at the camp, we simply propped up our tent and had dinner. In the very nature of camping, noise is bound to be produced. Of course we did not simply create noise simply for the fun of it, rather it was creating noise out of giving out orders and instructions. According to our neighbor though, this was simply too much for her to handle. So she went to the main entrance, wept and complained about our noise. Wept? How can an individual simply cry about noise? Anyways, the park ranger was going to give us a warning that night, but was too lazy/tired and decided not to give us a warning. The very next day, due to the ranger's discretion, the ranger kicked us out from the site. The funny part was that when we asked about a warning, he hesitated but regardless kicked us out. Says a lot about elora gorge's staff.
Planned to stay for a few days with my friends, however, we were unreasonably and forcefully kicked out on the morning of our second day at the camp site.... Reason being the one and only camper that was our neighbour complained to the staff about "excessive noise" at 8pm. I REPEAT: 8PM. What kind of excessive noise could there possibly be at a campsite, when my friends and I were all AWAY PLAYING FRISBEE? This did not make any sense to me. What was even more unbelievable was that we were kicked out from the camp site, without prior warning of lowering our noise volume. When we were leaving, we questioned the front desk as to why there were no warnings, and we were told that a staff came and talked to us the previous night...there was no such thing. Clearly, the staff are either irresponsible, or plain incompetent. Perhaps they didn't learn in their childhood what "talking to a person face-to-face" is? What shocked me even more was how demeaning and insulting the attitude of the WHITE MALE head staff was to us campers. He evidently abused his authority to expel us SIX ASIAN TEENAGERS from the campsite, in addition to showing favouritism (perhaps racism and ageism too, directed at us) towards the WHITE FEMALE that complained about us. Seeing that we were forced to leave, we asked for a full refund which was denied, resulting in us only getting a portion of our money back. That female camper? Apparently because she "cried" about how our "loud noise" hurt her feelings and what not, she received a full refund for a week's worth of camping there, without being FORCED to leave in 2 hours. I highly DO NOT recommend this place for camping, unless you're going to be there at your camp site with zero noise, as if you're at a silent library, and do absolutely nothing. Otherwise, you will be kicked out and forced to leave in 2 hours, without prior notice.
Elora George is a nice park. However, there are FEW major problems with the area, and their policies. First of all, the camp sites are too close from each other, the distance is max 10-15 meters apart. Neighbor can hear each other very well if the conversations are spoken with normal tones. Second of all, the staffs kicked campers out because there were complains about young adults running around the camp site and being loud at 8pm, when they were out on the field playing sports away from the camp site. The campers were kicked out of the camp without a warming, and the only reason they were kicked out is because the camper beside theirs was crying and complaining that her feeling were hurt from the "loud" noise at 8pm at night. When asked the front desk should there not be a warming before getting kick out, the front desk replied yes there should be and staff talk to them last night, but there were no staff talking to the young adults in the previous night. The front desk replied oh then the staff must have forgotten to give you guys one. After, the campers asked for a full refund since it not fair for them to be kicked out of camp just because the neighbor complain they were being "loud". The person in charge of the morning shift came out to talk to the young adults, and this is all he said. Without saying hello or anything he said. "You are lucky to receive some refund, normally we just kick people out without giving them refund." We asked about giving a warning before being kick out, he was like, "I'm in charge, i do not need to give you a warning, i can just kick you out." We were kicked out at 9am in the morning, they gave us an hour to packed two tents and supplies that will last few young adults for 4 days 3 night. The attitude given to the young adult by the head staff was disrespectful, and unreasonable. Just because kids were talking at the camp sites with normal volume at 8pm at night, when they were not even at their camp site, they were forced to leave without a warning and a proper reason before doing so. Therefore, this is not a place recommended for young adults who likes to enjoy laughter, and hanging out with friends. It feels more like a senior retirement camp site where absolute quiet are require.......... The other reason thing was, the lady who complain to the front is receiving her whole refund, which is one whole week of camping alone at the park. Just because she was crying and feeling were hurt from loud noise. It absolute ridiculous how the complain was unreasonable and the poor attitude were given to the campers.
We expected a campsite that would allow us to have a good time, however I spent two days in hell. We were just playing some frisbee and then suddenly some old lady started crying. We had no idea why but apparently she said that we were too loud. Maybe she was crying because she didn't have any friends to play frisbee with, but don't blame us... Because of the complaint she made, we were kicked from the site WITHOUT A FULL REFUND, WITHOUT WARNING, THE STAFF DIDN'T EVEN LISTEN TO HOUR SIDE OF THE STORY. This happened at 8 pm, when we were supposed to be quiet at 11 pm. This is just merely RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND AGEISM, JUST BECAUSE WE WERE ASIAN TEENS AND THE OLD LADY WAS WHITE, THE STAFF DECIDED TO TAKE HER SIDE.
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