The Elora Gorge is a 140-hectare (346-acre) park on both sides of the 20m (66-ft.) limestone gorge. Nature trails wind through it. Overhanging rock ledges, small caves, a waterfall, and the evergreen forest on its rim are some of the gorge’s scenic delights. The park (tel. 519/846-9742) has camping and swimming facilities, plus picnic areas and playing fields. It’s a favorite with rock climbers. Located just west of Elora at the junction of the Grand and Irvine rivers, it is open from May 1 to October 15 from dawn to dusk. For information, contact the Grand River Conservation Authority (www.grandriver.ca; tel. 866/900-4722 or 519/621-2761).
Fergus may be small, but it has more than 250 well-preserved 1850s buildings to see—examples of Scottish limestone architecture—including the foundry, which now houses the Fergus market.
The most noteworthy Fergus event is the Fergus Scottish Festival, which includes Highland Games, featuring pipe band competitions, caber tossing, tug-of-war contests, Highland dancing, and the North American Scottish Heavy Events. The festival is held usually on the second weekend in August. For more information on the games, contact the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games (www.fergusscottishfestival.com; tel. 866/871-9442 or 519/787-0099).
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