Elora, ON: Canada's Most Beautiful Village?
How would you like to visit a place that’s been called "The Most Beautiful Village In Canada" by many of the travellers, writers, and Americans tourists who have explored it?
Elora, ON is one of the most beautifully quaint villages in Canada that I have ever seen. Imagine if a community like Squamish, BC, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON or Mont-Tremblant, QC had been previously unknown, and then you were to discover them. The town itself is about a 1.5hr drive west of Toronto and well worth the day trip.
Here a few of things that I recommend doing while you explore Elora:
Visit the Elora Quarry:
The Elora Quarry was the main reason I visited the town along with my friends Fel and Wes from FeatherandtheWind.com, and it was definitely something I would describe as breathtaking. We visited after the peak summer season and found it to be a quiet, restful spot where all that you could hear was the sound of nature, wildlife and the occasional car passing by in the distance. We walked along the paths that encircle the quarry and saw where, during the summer months, it would be a popular swimming hole for visitors.
Stroll through the Village:
This is where the 'quaint' aspect of this beautiful village shows itself. The downtown core is loaded with local artisan shops and neighborhood pubs. Be sure to start your exploring early in the afternoon (if not the mid-morning), as most places, with the exception of a few restaurants, closed before 5pm. Talk about a work-life balance, eh?
Hike through the Elora Gorge:
You can view 72-feet (40m) high cliffs along The Grand River which runs through Central Ontario to Lake Erie. Camping, hiking, birdwatching, and even tubing along the river are all options you'll want to consider!
Visit the Neighboring Fergus, ON:
When people visit Elora, they'll often visit the community right next door as well: Fergus. While not as well known, this area is home to the Belwood Lake Conservation Area, the Wellington Artist Gallery and Art Centre, and the annual Scottish Festival, which is one of the largest gatherings of Scottish clans outside Scotland and Cape Breton.
So, give this place a visit next time you’re in the area and see for yourself why they call it "Canada’s Most Beautiful Village"!