DescriptionElora is on the Grand River, where it meets the Irvine River and the Elora Gorge begins. The gorge, with its waterfall, begins in the village and extends 4 kilometres (2.5 mi.). The Grand River in the Elora area is popular for fly-fishing with anglers from eastern North America. Many of Elora's restored late 19th-century buildings are on the river and now contain craft and specialty shops and restaurants. The Elora Antique Warehouse, 6484 Wellington Rd. 7, features items by more than 60 vendors.
Recreational activities include cycling and hiking along the Elora Cataract Trailway, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail system and the Elora Gorge Trailway.
The legend of St. John's Anglican Church centers on its former pastor, the Rev. John Smithurst, Florence Nightingale's first cousin and true love. The church forbade their marriage, and so the two parted—she to the Crimean War and he to Elora. Neither ever married. The Nightingale communion set was sent to the pastor in 1852 by an anonymous donor—believed to have been Florence Nightingale.
Grand River Raceway, 7445 CR 21, offers live harness racing late April through October. The Battle of Waterloo, held the first Monday in August, is one of Canada's most celebrated harness racing events; phone (519) 846-5455.
Note: Policies concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities vary. Phone for information.
InfoOfficeElora Information Centre 10 E. Mill St. ELORA, ON N0B 1S0. Phone:(519)846-9841 or (877)242-6353
Attraction PlaceHoldersElora Gorge Conservation Area