Tubing down the river is a fun and exciting way to see the wonders of the Elora Gorge. From the rushing white water to the towering cliffs, tubing offers more than just a refreshing ride on a hot summer day.
But it's also important to stay safe while tubing, so please read our safety guidelines.
Tubing closes when river levels are too high. To find out if tubing is currently open, check the beach and tubing conditions page.
NOTICE - As of September 2, 2016, tubing is CLOSED for the season.
Registration and equipment
- Participants must register at the tubing equipment rental building, pay a fee and receive a wristband. Participants must sign a waiver. Those under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver.
- For current tubing fees, see Elora Gorge Park's fee schedule. Please note that the security deposit required for the rental of tubing equipment is accepted only in the form of a credit card or cash deposit. Debit transactions are not accepted for the security deposit.
- Participants must wear helmets and personal flotation devices (PFDs). Participants may bring their own or can rent them at the equipment rental building. Equipment is rented on a first-come, first-served basis and can sometimes sell out on busy days. A deposit is required for rentals.
- A shuttle bus operates Friday through Monday during July and August.
- Tubing operates from Elora Gorge Park daily from late June until Thursday, September 1, 2016, when river and weather conditions allow. It may be available on weekends in May and early June, depending on weather and river conditions.
- Tubing operates from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Equipment can be rented until 5 p.m. and must be returned by 7 p.m.
- Tubing closes in bad weather or if river levels rise. Check the Beach and Tubing conditions page to see if tubing is operating, or call the park the park at 519-846-9742 and press 1.
Is tubing open?
- Tubing is shut down when river levels are too high i.e. over eight cubic metres per second. River levels can rise rapidly following a heavy rain. Check the Beach and Tubing conditions page to see if tubing is operating, or call the park the park at 519-846-9742 and press 1. You can see water level graphs in our River Flows section.
- Water quality is not tested. Keep in mind that water quality is affected by many upstream uses and activities. The GRCA is not responsible for water quality related hazards.
- Tubing takes place in a natural river. You may encounter extreme conditions that are beyond our control. Sections of the river are fast-flowing and turbulent. You could be ejected from your tube.
- Helmets and lifejackets must be worn at all times. Make sure they are properly fitted and fastened. Ask park staff for help if you need it.
- Competent swimming abilities are required. If you can't swim, you should not participate.
- There are no lifeguards or river patrol staff to help you in the event of an emergency. There are no exit points along the route. Once you begin, you must finish the tubing run, which is about two kilometres.
- Wear secure footwear. Secured sandals or running shoes are best. Don't wear flip-flops.
- Hazardous rocks may be present below the water surface. Your foot could be caught in submerged rocks if you attempt to stand up in fast-flowing water.
- Only one rider on each tube. Don't tie tubes together.
- All participants must be at least 122 cm (48 inches) tall. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Wear a head strap or tether with prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.
- Don't take keys or valuables with you as they may become lost in the river.
Visit the Elora Gorge Park page for more information about the park and its facilities.