The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural area in the Grand River valley. The Grand River rushes past 22-metre high cliffs. Riverside trails (with safety barriers) and scenic overlooks provide hikers with stunning views of the water far below where kayakers and tubers make their way through the rapids.
Tubing adventures, splash pad, sport fields, trails and access to great fishing on the Grand River make Elora Gorge Park a great place to camp.
WARNING: The gorge is deep and the walls are steep. For your safety, hike only on marked trails. Stay away from the edge of the gorge. Do not climb over fences or attempt to climb down the gorge walls.
Campsites: Elora Gorge Conservation area has 250 unserviced sites, 130 serviced sites with water and 15/30 amp electrical and 20 serviced sites with 15 amp electrical. Up to six people are permitted per campsite. Check-in is after 2 p.m. and checkout is before noon.
Group camping: Four group campsites are available for organized groups or large gatherings. Tent camping only, no trailers. Contact park staff to make a reservation.
Seasonal sites: There are 85 seasonal campsites serviced with hydro, water and sewer. Availability is limited. Contact park staff for information.
Alcohol: A total alcohol ban is in place throughout the entire season. The possession or consumption of alcohol anywhere with the park, including all campsites, is prohibited.
Radio free area: Campsites 246 to 320
Book a site online or call 1-877-558-GRCA (4722)
Please read our Camping Reservation Policy.
|The gorge offers a challenge to experienced whitewater canoeists and kayakers. Other canoeists like to start at the lower end of the park and the Low Level Bridge for a trip downstream toward West Montrose (home of the famous covered bridge), Waterloo and Kitchener.
Visit our Canoeing and Kayaking pages for more information.
|The stretch of the Grand River between Fergus and West Montrose, which includes the Elora Gorge, has attained a well-deserved reputation as one of the best brown trout fisheries in North America. Fishing enthusiasts generally wade in the river, although it is rocky and slippery in some areas. Wading cleats are recommended. Special regulations are in place along some sections of the Grand River.
Go to our Fishing page for more information on fishing in the Grand River watershed.
There are three kilometres of walking trails in the conservation area, offering views of the 22-metre deep gorge. The map in the park brochure shows the trails.
The gorge is deep and the walls are steep. For your safety, only hike on marked trails. Stay away from the edge of the gorge. Do not climb over fences or attempt to climb down the gorge walls.
Nearby is the Elora Cataract Trailway, a 47-kilometre trail linking the Grand and Credit river watersheds.
|Cyclists can explore the Elora Cataract Trailway, a 47-kilometre trail linking the Grand and Credit river watersheds. Cyclists can also enjoy themselves on park roads. Please obey the rules of the road and, for your safety, wear a helmet.|
|Riding an inner tube through the Elora Gorge is an exhilarating way to experience the river and the cliffs above. Tubing may be closed due to high flows or other conditions. Check our beach and tubing conditions page for updates. More information about tubing is on the Tubing page (Fees).|
|Splash pad and swimming|
The 195-square-metre splash pad has 18 spray and splash features to keep kids cool on a hot summer day. The splash pad is open from the beginning of June to Labour Day.
There is no swimming area at Elora Gorge Park, but park users can swim at Elora Quarry Park which is closeby, by showing their receipt.
|A multiuse picnic area is adjacent to the campground and is open from 9 a.m. to dusk during the operating season. Picnic tables are scattered around the park and near the splash pad. Visitors are reminded that conditions remain very dry. For cooking purposes, day-use visitors may use barbecues in designated picnic areas. Never leave barbecues unattended, and please use extreme caution.|
|Events and activities|
The park offers activities and event throughout the season for families and children. Check the schedule at the park gatehouse or go to our Events Calendar.
|This is the location of the community bulletin board, pay phone and a lost and found. It is the place to go to report any problems or concerns, to get further information about the conservation area. Firewood is available on weekdays in May, June and September and throughout October. (At other times, buy firewood at the concession stand.)|
|There are two picnic pavilions available for rent for family reunions, company picnics and other events. The Kay Marston Pavilion accommodates about 200 people and has washrooms. The Pines Pavilion accommodates about 50 people but has no additional facilities. More information is available on our Group Facilities page.|
|Washrooms with hot and cold running potable water and showers are available in the campground area. Washrooms are also available in the picnic area. Vault toilets are located throughout the park.|
|Fast food as well as ice, firewood and other supplies are available at the concession. It is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day during July and August and weekends only in May, June and September. It is closed in October.|
|Playgrounds and sports fields|
|There is a playground for children, two baseball diamonds and large green spaces suitable for group games.|
|Waste and recycling|
|Containers are located throughout the conservation area and garbage bags are provided to campers so they can deposit their own garbage in the bins. A recycling depot located next to the Beach House parking lot is available for glass, plastic containers, pop cans and newspaper. Two trailer sewage dumping stations are located in the serviced campgrounds area.|
|Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash no longer than two-metres and under control at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the splash pad area. Please clean up after your dog. Pet owners can be fined if these regulations are not followed.|