Elora, OntarioElora, Centre Wellington, ON, Canada
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Elora, on the beautiful Grand River in southern Ontario, has so much to offer for every type of traveler. From unique local shops to the amazing beauty of the raging Grand River, Elora has the charm of a small town that people want to explore. Whether you want to visit Elora for its spectacular natural beauty, go shopping at fun and unique boutiques or enjoy a wonderful meal, the picturesque town of Elora has everything you need for a weekend getaway to the most charming small town in Ontario.
If you love outdoor adventures, you can go hiking, rafting or camping in the Elora Gorge Nature Reserve. The paths in the Elora Gorge are picturesque and challenging and offer flora, fauna, and beautiful natural phenomena to experience.
You can also enjoy summer adventures such as tubing and rafting on the Grand River or zip-lining in the gorge. Open Adventures take riders up and down Grand River Gorge.
Elora Mill is one of the best restaurants in town and serves delicious regional Ontarian cuisine.
If you are interested in the area’s history and are looking for rainy day activities in Elora, the Wellington County Museum in a historic stone building in Aboyne, Elora-Fergus, Ontario is for you. Canada designated it a National Historic Site in 1995.
As in most small towns, there are many small boutique shops where you can find unique items and gifts that you don’t see in the big cities. Many travelers find their way to the locally renowned Blown Away Glass Studio on Wellington Road that was founded in 1999. Picturesque lanterns illuminate the courtyard of Elora Mew Shop Center at 45 Mill Street.
For accommodations, Elora has one hotel – The Village Inn, but there are several Bed and Breakfasts and even more choices just 3 kilometers away in Fergus which together with Elora forms the Township of Centre Wellington.
It takes less than 2 hours to reach Elora by car from nearly anywhere in the GTA making it perfect for a one day escape from the big city.