Elora, Fergus & Surrounding Area.
Centre Wellington is a township that primarily incorporates Elora and Fergus and has a population of approximately 27,000. It is renowned for its commitment to arts, culture and heritage and is characterized by the limestone homes that are common here. The entertainment and night life brings you diversity: from standard bred racing to the Casino; from Music festivals to truck shows; from Highland games to season fairs.
Punctuated by the Grand River the area offers various outdoor adventures like fly-fishing and tubing, or boating and swimming in Lake Belwood. or walking the nature trails of the Elora Gorge. But the area also has deep cultural roots.
Plan a visit to a heritage farm and sample the foods or pet the livestock or visit the Centre Wellington Museum. A major attraction is the artisans’ Studio Tour in the autumn when they open their private studios to the public, having done so since the 1960’s.
Stone Heritage Houses
Fergus is very well known for its wide variety of older houses, from the late 1800’s. Come and talk a walk through Fergus, formerly known as “Little Falls”. More on Fergus’ old and 21st century real estate.
Located on the banks of the beautiful Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River, this market is a must for shoppers and culture lovers alike. The market is housed in one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Fergus, Ontario: the historic Beatty Brothers Farm Implement Manufacturing building, that was built in the early 1870’s. Now Fergus Market has many specialty merchants and restaurants. More on Fergus Market.
Theatre On The Grand
This Grand Theater is located downtown Fergus, on St. Andrew Street. It is a 300-capacity concert hall, and has frequent musical and theatrical productions.
Elora Cataract Trailway
The Cataract Trail is a 47 kilometre stretch of trailway. It leads from Elora, through Fergus, Belwood, Orton, Hillsburgh, Erin, and Belfountain to Cataract. The Elora Cataract Trailway is owned by the Credit Valley and Grand River Conservation Authorities and is managed by them in cooperation with the Elora Cataract Trailway Association.
Village of Elora
The Village of Elora is set in one of the most picturesque areas of Ontario, and is well known for the spectacular Elora Gorge on the Grand River. Now tucked within the boundaries of the amalgamated municipality of the Township of Centre Wellington, Elora’s charming village atmosphere remains unchanged. Elora’s closest neighbour, Fergus, is only a short distance away. The village’s warm, inviting setting makes shopping and dining a memorable experience, as do its many cultural events, outdoor attractions and activities, including the Grand River Raceway which sits on the outskirts of the community.
Scottish stonemasons built the village of Elora along the Grand River and the spectacular Elora Gorge in the heart of Ontario ‘s farmland. More than a hundred years have passed, and little has changed. The stark limestone architecture and natural beauty of the 80-foot gorges of the Grand and Irvine Rivers are the perfect setting for this jewel, with its historic charm and appealing village core.
The Elora shopping experience is unique, with gift shops and studios in century-old buildings. Dining choices range from casual riverbank picnics to elegant dinners in a sophisticated atmosphere. Those with artistic inclinations can “dabble in the arts” at the Elora Centre for the Arts or at the Wellington County Museum & Archives. The famous Elora Festival, garden tours, an early fall studio tour, and a sparkling nighttime Santa Claus Parade make tempting return visits a must!
Elora’s attractive surroundings are more than skin deep. Outdoor enthusiasts can bike, hike, swim or “tube” down the Grand River on a rubber inner tube. Try horseback riding, a horse-drawn buggy ride, hot air balloon rides, surrounded by the some of the most incredible scenery in southern Ontario . Plan a winter visit to cross-country ski, or for a weekend of Christmas shopping free of city crowds. Bring a camera to capture cherished memories and beautiful scenery.
Elora…a quiet paradise unto itself, just steps away from the hustle & bustle of the city.