The fall colours are ever-changing, accenting our spectacular natural vistas with bright colours of reds, oranges and yellows as the Grand River ripples throughout the heart of Elora and Fergus, flowing out of Belwood Lake and the Shand Dam, making for picturesque views as it winds through the high limestone cliffs and forested edge of the Elora Gorge.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature and capture it all with your lens, or you’d prefer to take it all in from a pub or a café, or you just want to spend a day with friends shopping and touring two of the prettiest towns in southern Ontario – you’ll love the view here.
We asked some locals what makes the fall season special in Fergus and Elora. Here’s what they had to say:
“OMG everything? Every walk is absolutely gorgeous with autumn leaves. The Elora Farmers’ Markets are also full of amazing food.” – Kate G.
“Biking on the trails, just like in every season, but in fall, it’s particularly beautiful to tour these trails.” – Brian C.
“Monster Month! Keeping Halloween real in Elora. And fall is beautiful here. We love taking walks along the Gorge, through the trees.” – Chris M.
Might we suggest a few awesome ways to get all your autumn feels in here:
Bring your bike, or grab your hiking boots, or hey, walk the dog along the Elora Cataract Trail. You can journey from the shores of Belwood Lake and the heights of the Shand Dam all the way Fergus, Elora and beyond. Clear, clean and peaceful trails surrounded by nature. Through forests, farms and two beautiful towns, you’ll get away but still be near.
Explore the Elora Gorge without even leaving the village of Elora. Just follow the signs for the best views. And don’t be shy! Ask a local. They know the best spots.
Check out the view of the Grand River in downtown Fergus. The walking Milligan Footbridge offers a beautiful view in either direction.
Watch out for Monsters! Don’t worry, they won’t bite. Look around Elora for these freaky, spooky hand-crafted monsters by renowned Elora artist Tim Murton, part of his Twilight Zoo creations and the inspiration for Monster Month, celebrated each October with great enthusiasm in Elora. We choose to put the fun into Halloween, rather than the fear. Bring the kids and find your spirit too!
Shop our two historic downtowns for unique treasures with friendly service, not because we have to be nice, but because we just genuinely are friendly folk.
Pubs, restaurants, drinking establishments (because it sounds way classier than ‘bars’ and we are quite classy here) and let’s not forget Elora’s own brewery. Cheers to you, autumn!
Find your way to the Trestle Bridge, part of the Aboyne Trail adjacent to the Wellington County Museum and Archives for an incredible view of the Grand River and the colours of the season. Tucked in between Elora and Fergus, the views in every direction make this is a destination spot.
Make your Saturday morning complete with a trip to the Elora Farmers’ Market to enjoy seasonal bounty of harvest season.
Come enjoy the sweater weather with us! And be sure to share your adventures with us on Instagram @visitelorafergus@bythegrand #visitelorafergus #bythegrand.
Test your skills and sportsmanship in search of Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout.
Watercourses include the beautiful Grand River, Conestoga River and the Upper Credit Trout Club. This is the second time that the Nationals have been held on the Grand and Conestoga Rivers. One cast and you’ll know whyThe Grand and Conestoga rivers are tailwater fisheries, stocked annually each Spring with up to 40,000 Brown Trout, many of which hold over from year to year, producing some of North America’s best trophy brown trout approaching the 30-inch size.
The Upper Credit Trout Club has operated as a private members’ club for over 40 years. It features a pond large enough to provide beats for rotational bank-fishing, is stocked with trophy Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout.
We’ll be welcoming competitive anglers from across Canada to compete in the waters that flow through our community, surrounded by beautiful views like limestone cliffs and rocky shore lines, waterfalls and the prettiest towns too.
Opening Ceremonies: Sunday June 3, 6pm-9pm
Official Practice Days: Sunday June 3, Monday June 4
No-fishing Day: Tuesday June 5. Captain’s meeting, Conservation Symposium
Competition Dates: Wed June 6 through Friday June 8: 6-session format (one spare session per angler)
Closing Ceremonies: Friday June 8, 6pm-10pm
Check-out and Depart: Saturday June 9
“Fish on!!” That’s what you want most to hear when you’re in the Belwood Lions Pike Derby, because the prizes and bragging rights are worth reeling it in. The longest pike takes the win, but it’s the longest fishing tales of the one that got away that keep this family tradition alive and swimming.
Every spring since 1980, on the weekend after the Victoria Day holiday, Belwood Lake is a busy spot with boat loads of anglers looking to cast out for the big win. First prize is $2000.00, but there is even more prizes in both adult and youth categories, including early bird draws, door prizes and draws. Be sure to bring the kids, because every angler under the age of 8 years old is guaranteed a prize.
Reel it in and take part in this annual competition, the biggest annual fundraiser for the Belwood Lions Club – supporting local initiatives for youth and community in the Township of Centre Wellington.
Whether you catch a pike or just make memories with your pals, this is great event with a proud history. So, fish on!