|Elora Gorge Conservation Area|
The Grand River flowing through the Elora Gorge
|Area||145 hectares (360 acres)|
|Governing body||Grand River Conservation Authority|
As the Elora Gorge Conservation Area, it is one of many conservation areas maintained by the Grand River Conservation Authority.
The Grand River flows through the bottom of the gorge, approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long, with limestone cliffs reaching 22 metres (72 ft) high. It was formed from glacial meltwaters from the previous ice age. The area includes a park with camping sites, hiking trails, and is also popular for kayaking and tubing.
Located nearby is the "old swimming hole", at the Elora Quarry Conservation Area, a 0.8 hectare (two acre) former limestone quarry encircled by sheer cliffs up to 12 metres (39 ft) high. Elora Quarry did not become a conservation area until 1976, but it was a popular swimming area long before that.
Popular activities at the site include: camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, cycling, swimming, picnicking, and tubing.
- Hewitt, K. (1995). Elora Gorge: A Visitor's Guide. Boston Mills Press. p. 80.