Head to the Quarry!

Another rite of summer passage here is a trip to the Quarry – and we’ve got TWO, so you’ve got options!

An image of the Elora Quarry taken from the top of the limestone cliffs overlooking the quarry basin and the water that is turquoise in colour, with the view of the beach far in the distance. There are a few people on the beach. The image also shows several of the cliffs and rocks that lead down into the water. Thick trees surround the landscape.
Elora Quarry Photo by Kelly Waterhouse

The Elora Quarry is a two-acre former limestone quarry, renowned for its deep emerald green water and sandy beach, a picturesque oasis carved into the steep 12 metre hight limestone cliffs. It is one of the most popular destinations in town to enjoy a hot summer day. Book online for admission!

Know before you go!

Opening on June 10, 2022, the Elora Gorge Conservation Area uses an online ticketing system which improves the visitor experience. Capacity is limited to 200 people or 150 vehicles per session. Visitors are required to purchase tickets and vehicle passes online in advance. Plan ahead – you can purchase your admission up to one week in advance.

There are two 4-hour sessions offered each day: from 10am to 2pm, or from 3pm to 7pm. Admission is $10.50 for adults, $5.50 for children, and a vehicle pass can purcahsed for $15 per session.

This day-use property is tree covered and suitable for picnicking as well as short walks along the one kilometre trail. The park offers vault toilets, change rooms and picnic tables. But please keep your dogs at home!

This place is famous.

It also happens to be a very famous location for movie crews. The Elora Quarry has been featured in many films, but you may recognize it from Stephen King’s horror film “IT.” (Don’t worry, we’ve checked all the grates. No clowns.)

Everything you need to know to plan your Elora Quarry adventure is here: http://www.grandriver.ca/EloraQuarry

Beautiful Belwood Lake

If you want to get out of town, Belwood Lake is just minutes east of Fergus and is our version of Cottage Country, offering a summer retreat for many. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic forest surroundings of the Belwood Quarry. This one-acre spring-fed quarry features deep, dark water, with an area sectioned off for shallow water play, and a soft, sandy beach, plus a playground nearby. The wide-open basin of nearby Belwood Lake offers a spot to launch a boat, go for a paddle, cast your line or take a dip.

Belwood Lake bridge view. Photo by Keegan Taylor

It’s Cottage Country without the traffic jams. 

Both operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority, stewards of the water and the environment around it, each quarry offers very different landscapes, yet the same natural beauty to soak up the sun and splash in the cool water. www.grandriver.ca