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Park in Elora & Fergus

Elora Gorge Conservation Area

About 2km south of Elora is this photo-worthy plunging limestone canyon through which the Grand River seethes. Easy walks extend to cliff views, caves and the Cascade waterfalls – a sheet of white water spilling ove…
Vegetarian in Elora & Fergus

Desert Rose Cafe

This seafood and vegetarian cafe, run by a long-time local, whips up tasty quiches, veg-filled salads, burgers, smoked-salmon bagels and burritos in a casual setting. The roasted eggplant moussaka is satisfying. Glu…
Pub Food in Elora & Fergus

Brewhouse

Wave to the anglers on the Grand River from the shady Brewhouse patio as you weigh up the benefits of cheddar and ale soup, bangers and mash, or curried chicken enchilada. It sports a cozy bar, European beers on tap…
Music in Elora & Fergus

Elora Festival

A classical, jazz, folk and arts festival held from mid-July to mid-August, with concerts at the quarry and around town. Singers and musos from around the country crowd the schedule of Elora's premier event.
Museum in Elora & Fergus

Wellington County Museum

Midway between Fergus and Elora, an austere, red-roofed former 'Poor House' provided refuge for the aged and homeless for almost a century before becoming a museum in 1957. Historical and local modern-art exhibits e…
European in Elora & Fergus

Cork

Run by a mother and daughter team, Cork is a casual fine dining restaurant turning heads in Wellington County for its excellent service, delicious food and sunny patio. From the grilled beet and goat's cheese salad …
Pub in Elora & Fergus

Shepherd's Pub

Pubby mains ($9 to $13) and cold pints of Guinness and Ontario craft beers by the river. All-day breakfast fry-ups, beer-battered fish and chips, and hearty beef pies will revive you if you spent too long here the n…
Nature Reserve in Elora & Fergus

Elora Quarry Conservation Area

A short walk east of Elora, this superb swimming hole offers possibly bottomless waters and 12m limestone cliffs. Hormone-fueled teens plummet from great heights, despite signs suggesting they don't.
Cultural in Elora & Fergus

Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games

If it's not Scottish, it doesn't count: tugs-of-war, caber tossing, bagpipes, Celtic dancing, kilts, haggis and Scotch nosing (aka tasting). Hoots! Held over two days in mid-August.
Cafe in Elora & Fergus

Mill St Bakery & Bistro

This busy breakfast-and-lunch joint has a fantastic river-view patio and serves sandwiches, your favorite comfort foods and a limited dinner menu.