Fall in Love with ELORA, Ontario's Beautiful Village - All Over
Elora's charms and
attractions change with the seasons. In the spectacular setting of the
Grand River and the Elora Gorge, stroll
and explore the village streets in
historic downtown Elora,
lined with century-old limestone buildings, now housing unique shops,
art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants on Mill Street along the
Grand River, and up Metcalfe Street.
You'll love shopping at the
ELORA MEWS unique gallery and shops at
45 Mill Street West, around a lantern-lit courtyard within century-old
limestone walls. A favourite place to shop for special and unusual
gifts, original art, jewellery, and eclectic home decor. Stop for
refreshments at the summertime ice cream shop and grill and enjoy our
patio in the courtyard, just across from the lookout to the Grand River
and Elora's swans.
Take a self-guided historical walking
tour of Elora. Brochures are available at the ELORA VISITOR CENTRE
9 East Mill Street, just East of Metcalfe Street.
Grand River runs through
the village of Elora, thundering down a waterfall around the famous
Tooth of Time landmark at the Elora Mill Inn, into the Elora Gorge.
Experience the spectacular
Elora Gorge from lookouts at
the Elora Mill at the end of Mill Street West or from Victoria Park;
walking or rock-climbing on hiking trails within the park; or kayaking
or tubing along the river inside the gorge.
Elora has a long cultural heritage and
many resident artists, musicians and writers. Be sure to attend the
Elora Music Festival
which since 1979 has become an internationally acclaimed annual music
event in July and August each year.
A highlight every September-October is the
Fergus Artists Studio Tour.
Centre of the Arts also organizes various other art and cultural
events throughout the year.
October is MONSTER MONTH in Elora!
Tim Murton, local Elora artist, is the Master
Creator of the ghostly Halloween creatures who hang around town every
October, on buildings and on storefronts. His "Twilight
Zoo" of wire and gauze mache Halloween monsters are a popular
attraction day and night on the streets of downtown historic Elora.
Every year in October Al Koop conducts
Haunted Lantern Walking Tours and the Elora Gorge Cinema shows classic
horror movies. Many merchants and restaurants throughout Elora
participate in special Halloween events like Trick or Treat and Monster
ELORA - Festival for the Senses" now has events throughout the
year, including October - Monster Month. Featuring Elora's music, theatre, films, and local food, in addition to the
already popular art studio tour and monsters around town - so many
reasons for a Fall outing or longer getaway to Elora.
Be sure to visit Elora in November and
December for your Christmas or Holiday Shopping
inspired for your holiday gift-giving! All the independent and unique
shops in Elora will have very special gift ideas that you won't find
anywhere else. And every year the Merchants of Elora organize special
"Starlight Shopping Nights", for a relaxed shopping experience at all
your favourite shops.
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World-class unique shops in a charming lantern-lit courtyard within
historic limestone walls. In the centre of Elora's Mill Street on the
Grand River and Elora Gorge. Enjoy our summertime ice cream shop and
The Village of Elora website lists all the great
specialty shops and shopkeepers of the Elora Business Association (BIA).
You'll love exploring Elora's whole shopping district, along Mill Street
on the Grand, and up Metcalfe Street. Old-fashioned main street
An internationally acclaimed annual music festival in
the beautiful setting of Elora Ontario. During July and August
enjoy great concerts and world-class performers in venues with wonderful
acoustics in this charming village on the Grand River and the Elora
Gorge. For more information and a ticket order
form visit the Elora Festival website at
Conductor and co-founder Noel Edison has received the
Order of Ontario for his incredible influence on classical choral music.
Enjoy concerts by the
Elora Festival Singers
round. When the summertime Elora Music Festival is over, this
professional chamber choir and principal vocal ensemble for the Elora
Festival holds weekend concerts from October through May in the Festival
venues of St. Mary’s Church and St. John’s Church.
This annual festival was launched in 2008, for tourists and the local community
to savour the music, art, theatre, films, local food, beautiful heritage
architecture and scenic surroundings of the beautiful village of Elora
Ontario. The beautiful autumn weather around Canadian Thanksgiving is a
wonderful and busy time to explore the
streets and shops. Other events are scheduled throughout the year.
During the annual Fergus
Scottish Festival, visitors from throughout the world enjoy all
aspects of traditional Highland Games with a wee bit of modern flare
tossed in. Heavy Events, Highland Dancing, Piping, Avenue of the Clans
as well as a variety of tents and vendors make for a perfect weekend for
local residents and visitors. Come and join the 30,000 visitors to
celebrate the rich Scottish Culture.
Elora’s Gorge Cinema, in a heritage limestone building
next-door to the Elora Mews, is the longest-running repertory cinema in
Canada. The cinema shows current big-screen productions year-round. It
has also been used during production of feature films like
with Ashley Judd and
Trapped in Paradise with Nicholas Cage, with scenes
filmed on location in Elora.
Elora's spectacular setting has been featured in many
movies, and has attracted
many famous musicians to
perform at the amazing Elora Quarry concerts, Elora's churches, and
acoustically-perfect country barn.
Many books have been written about Elora, the beautiful Elora Gorge and the
Grand River Valley. We have listed a few on our
shopping page such as "A
Heritage of Stone" by Nina Chapple,
"Grand River Reflections" by John Visser, "Elora
Gorge: A Visitor's Guide"
Ken Hewitt and more. We hope you
enjoy our products and please feel free to suggest any items that we have not
The Elora Festival has been making Sweet Music since
1980. Artistic director Noel Edison, founder of the Elora
Festival Singers, has put the Elora Festival and the Elora Festival
Singers onto the world stage. On our
shopping page are a few of the many famous
names that have appeared on the various stages of the Elora Festival
over the years, such as Jeff
Healey, Holly Cole,
The Nylons and more.
The beauty of the Elora Gorge with its spectacular
rock faces and white water, has attracted movie producers from around
the world. On our
are a few of the many movies that have used the Limestone cliffs and
natural and historical scenery for the settings of such wonderful movies
as Mrs. Soffel,
Angel Eyes and more.
The ELORA GORGE is one of the most
beautiful natural wonders in Southern Ontario. A great getaway for the
urban hiker, camper or adventure sports enthusiast, or a romantic retreat.
pictures of the Elora Gorge or enhance your computer desktop
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Elora is a mecca for artists. A. J. Casson of the Group
of Seven “fell in love with Elora at first sight and became obsessed with
This annual tour is a wonderful opportunity to visit
the artists of Elora & Fergus in their own studios, at your own pace.
The tour is held over two weekends - last weekend in September and first
weekend in October - a wonderful time of year to visit Elora and Fergus.
For more up-to-date information
regarding this self-guided walking or driving tour of actual working
artist studios in these exciting, creative artistic communities, please
Fergus Studio Tour Website.
This National Historic Site, recognized for its unique
history as the oldest House of Industry in Canada, offers many
interesting permanent displays and exhibits. Located between scenic
Fergus and Elora on the Grand River, home of many artists, musicians,
and unique homes and gardens. Don't miss the museum's Summer Art
Workshops, annual "Insights" Juried Art Competition, and "Grand Garden
Tour" and Herb Fair.
Elora Historical Tours
Al Koop's guided-tour company "Older Voices" and Gary
Bryant's tour company "Elora Tours" together lead dramatized "Village
Duo Walks" for history enthusiasts and tourists on a journey to Elora's
past. Stops include Mill Street and Lover's Leap. Local children also
participate in the tours, acting a number of characters. Call (519)
846-6685 or (519) 846-5567 to book a tour. Self-guided walking tour
guides are also available from the Elora Tourist Centre on Mill Street.
Featured are specialized are "Gorge Vistas" tours, A.J. Casson Tours
(sites painted by this Group of Seven artist in the summers of
1929-1931), Churches, Public & Commercial Buildings, Historical &
Heritage houses and settlements.
Wellington County Museum & Archives is holds many week-long Adult
Art Workshops every July, at the Elora Public School, 288 Mill Street
East, Elora Ontario. Study with some of Ontario's most talented
instructors, discover your artist within, and experience the beautiful
village of Elora and area, an inspiration for many famous artists.
Elora has a large variety of unique cafes and
restaurants in the heritage district of Mill Street and Metcalfe
Street, from fast food, to casual fare cafes, to pub food, to fine
dining restaurants, all in buildings with historic character.
Previous visitors will fondly remember the
great restaurant, lounge and terrace at the Elora Mill Inn, overlooking the Elora Gorge.
The Elora Mill is currently closed, under new ownership by the
Landmark Group - owners of Ancaster Mill and Cambridge Mill - who
are planning extensive renovations to the original buildings, plus
additional hotel and conference facilities across the river. We look forward to the
The Elora Mill Inn, with its spectacular setting on the Elora Gorge,
will once again be a very special venue for weddings, family and company parties,
and corporate groups, upon re-opening after extensive
House of Elora, an enchanting 1 1/2 acre estate which was the
childhood home of Ontario Premier George Drew, is the perfect setting
for weddings, corporate retreats, seminars and gourmet cooking classes.
ELORA MILL INN is[currently
closed for renovations by new owners
Mill Inn has been one of Ontario’s premier country inns. The main building,
a former mill, is
perched on the edge of the picturesque Elora Gorge. The dining room,
lounge and many guest rooms have spectacular views of the Grand River.
Just a few steps from the Elora Mews and other shops on West Mill
The 200 hectare Elora
Gorge Conservation Area offers opportunities for camping, fishing,
hiking, swimming, tubing, picnicking and scenic vistas to view the
Elora Area Bed & Breakfasts:
Enjoy the warm hospitality of Elora
and area residents who will welcome you to
their homes and be your personal guide to all that Elora has to offer.
For full listing check the Fergus-Elora Bed & Breakfast Association
website at www.febba.ca.
The ELORA MEWS is right in the centre of HISTORIC ELORA, on the North bank
of the Grand River, at 45 West Mill Street, steps from the ELORA MILL
which overlooks the Grand River Falls and the ELORA GORGE. Facing the
Grand River lookout area on Mill St. West and
of the former Victoria Street footbridge.
Driving distance from Toronto 67 mi. or 108 km., driving time 1 hr. 18
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David St. Bridge
Elora’s famous David St. Bridge in the
Elora Gorge is admired by thousands of tourists each year. In 2002 a
group of Elora citizens launched a passionate campaign to save the
beautiful and graceful architectural lines and century-old limestone pier
in the upgrading of the bridge.
A "Save the Bridge" interactive website
obtained support from people everywhere who admire this beautiful bridge
and the preservation of heritage icons.
Conservation strategy for Elora;' David St. Bridge, a community landmark
and engineering marvel.
award-winning restoration of the David Street Bridge in Historic Elora,
re-opened in December 2004, retains the heritage 1867 pier and the
graceful arches design, but now allows 2-lane traffic.
Elora Gorge Bridge
Elora’s beautiful heritage icon, the David St. Bridge in Elora Gorge,
a treasure like the Tooth of Time.
Elora's Victoria Street Walking Bridge
Victoria St. Bridge, a steel bridge built in 1899, was the historical
gateway to the downtown Elora business district, over the Grand River
which runs through the village. In 1970 funding was awarded to repair the
Victoria St. Bridge, but it was not until the 1984 filming in Elora of
MGM's "Mrs.Soffel" starring Diane Keaton, Mel Gibson, and 300 local
extras, that the bridge was repaired, by the film company.
it was closed down in 2003 for safety reasons, the Victoria St. Bridge
served as a footbridge, leading from the public parking lot next to Little
Folks furniture factory to the centre of Historic Elora's Mill Street
West, attracting thousands of visitors to enjoy the river-view from the
bridge and stroll and explore the shops, restaurants, and Elora Gorge
lookout and trails on the other side.
the summer of 2001 hundreds of visitors gathered along the bridge and on
both banks of the Grand River to hear a brass band play from a barge on
the river, to hear street performers sing at the Mill Street foot of the
bridge, and to stroll along the streets exploring the shops and eating ice
audiences gathered each day on both sides of the Grand River, along
the Victoria Foot Bridge, and down on the Boardwalk, for a front row
seat. Some canoers on the river had a perfect vantage point!
Elora Festival Brass
on the River
During the Elora Festival a brass band plays from a barge on the
Grand River to front-row seats on the Elora Boardwalk.
Victoria St. Walking Bridge
Swans glide by Elora Mill Street's boardwalk at Victoria Footbridge
over the Grand River.
Preserving Elora's Heritage on the Grand River
Heritage factory buildings facing Elora's Mill Street give
character to the Grand River scene.
In 2002-3 the Elora Grand River Raceway and Slots
which were to open in the Fall of 2003 were the subject of town meetings
and investigative documentaries about Gambling and Local Democracy.
Would the beautiful village of Elora, famous for the natural beauty of
the Elora Gorge, charming historic limestone shopping village, vibrant
music festival and arts centre, benefit from the new raceway and slots
opening in Fall 2003? CTV's W-FIVE investigative documentary aired in
October 2002 filmed the July 2002 Elora Town Meeting attended by 1500
citizens and interviewed Mayor George Pinkney, Pastor Don Rogers, Olga
Domjan and Adrian deVries. Click HERE for the W5 article and broadcast
HERE for the W5 article and broadcast videos.