Lonely Planet Writer

A beautiful swimming hole will open next month in Canada after a cold winter

After a long and cold winter, people around Canada will be ready for a bit of summer weather, which will certainly have people flocking to idyllic spots like the Elora Quarry in Ontario.

The Elora Quarry in Canada. Image by Grand River Conservation Authority Follow / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The popular swimming hole is just one of the parks managed by the Grand River Conservation Authority that are opening later than usual, due to cold weather and wet conditions.  The Elora Quarry is a two-acre limestone quarry surrounded by high cliffs and featuring a sandy beach. It’s a popular attraction in the summer months, as it is just over an hour’s drive from Toronto. Though surrounded by 12 metre (40 foot) cliffs, there is no jumping or diving allowed.

The Elora Quarry swimming hole in Ontario. Image by Grand River Conservation Authority Follow / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

With this year’s weather delays, the quarry is expected to open to the public on the first Saturday in June and stay open until September. As a perfect spot for picnickers, hikers, sunbathers and swimmers, the admission fee is $6.50 CAD (€4.23) for daily use. In fact, the spot is so popular and draws in so many visitors that in 2017, the conservation authority introduced a daily cap of 1300 visitors to help maintain public safety and reduce the environmental impact. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful spots to explore nearby, like Elora Gorge and Guelph Lake, which are already open. You can also book camping at many of the sites online here.

If you’re not heading to Canada but love a good dip in nature, check out the most amazing places around the world to take an unforgettable wild swim.