Elora Gorge

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Elora Gorge Conservation Area
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The Grand River flowing through the Elora Gorge
Nearest city Guelph
Coordinates 43°40′0″N 80°27′0″W / 43.66667°N 80.45000°W / 43.66667; -80.45000Coordinates: 43°40′0″N 80°27′0″W / 43.66667°N 80.45000°W / 43.66667; -80.45000
Area 145 hectares (360 acres)[1]
Established 2006
Governing body Grand River Conservation Authority

The Elora Gorge is a popular tourist attraction located at the western edge of Elora, Ontario, Canada, which is 25 km north from the city of Guelph through highway 6.

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.[2] 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.

Elora gorge

Popular activities at the site include: camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, cycling, swimming, picnicking, and tubing.

The Quarry served as a film location in the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It.



  • Hewitt, K. (1995). Elora Gorge: A Visitor's Guide. Boston Mills Press. p. 80. 

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