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  1. Leave the city behind.

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    You don’t have to travel hours north for spectacular autumn views. We have them too! Visit Elora and Fergus.

     

     

    Autumn leaves. Elora Gorge. Grand River. Belwood Lake. Elora Cataract Trail. Shops. Great restaurants and pubs. Scenic views.
    Maybe you’ve seen it all before, but have you seen it in October? It’s awesome.

    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. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. Downtown Fergus gets into the spirit of things

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    BOO!!  Ah! Don’t be scared, the Halloween Haunt Street Walk brings the fun of Halloween out in to the daylight and invites kids of all ages to head to downtown Fergus for a frightfully fun time! There will be witches, ghosts and spooky creatures amongst us, wondering in the shops, creeping through the streets and possibly checking out books at the public library too, (because even ghosts like a good ghost story).

    The Halloween Haunt Street Walk invites trick-or-treaters to roam through Downtown Fergus on Saturday, October 27 between 10am – 12pm.

     

     

     

     

    It’s all about the spirit – or spirits – of Halloween brought to you by the Fergus BIA. Get your costume on and head to Downtown Fergus, where participating shops will open their doors and welcome in little monsters, princesses and super heroes too (and even their parents), to enjoy sweet treats and enjoy some Halloween fun!

    Follow the balloons for stores ready to greet the trick-or-treaters. Along the way be on the look-out for these Halloween Haunt Street Walk events:

    • Wicked Witches
    • Animal balloons
    • Live outdoor music
    • Face painting
    • Sweeties
    • Haunted House
    • Custom removable tattoos
    • Fright Bike Rodeo
    • Apple bobbing
    • Cookie decorating
    • Haunted Alley

    The Halloween Haunt Street Walk is geared for younger children and is all about family-friendly fun. So bring the little monsters and wander about our historic downtown. We’re sure you’ll have a Spooktacular time!

  3. Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

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    Aye, can you hear the pipes calling you back?  Haste ye back to the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games!

    They say it’s like visiting Scotland, without the airfare. We think they’re right.  So pack your bags, your kilts and your Scottish pride (hey, you can even borrow it – be a Scots for a day!) and come to one of the best festivals in the province.

    The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games is a true celebration of Scottish culture, in the spirit of promoting and preserving the cultural heritage, from the arts and ancestry to the traditional competitions of sport.  For the town of Fergus, rooted in Scottish history, this event is a source of great pride for the community, volunteers and organizers.

    And it’s party to be had!  With a full line-up of music performances, dance and pipe band competitions, the traditional Tattoo and even some celebrity guests, we like to think of it as “Scotland without the jet lag.”

    So get your tartan on and meet us there!

     

  4. Tartan up! August 10-12

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    You don’t have to be Scottish to LOVE
    the 73rd Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games.
    August 10-12, 2018

     

    Sure, it helps, but trust us, if you love to celebrate culture, history, food, music, dance, Highland sporting events that you’ll never see at your local soccer field, than do not miss this opportunity to tilt yer kilt!  Besides, when else can you say, “Yer bun’s oot the windae,” and not even raise an eyebrow?  (translation: You’re talking nonsense.).

     

     

     

     

    Well, we’re not talking nonsense – we know you’ll have the best experience when the town of Fergus rolls out the plaid and celebrates its Scottish roots in a way that will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of Ontario and into Scotland for one big party.

     

    Our friend Scott sums it up best: “I am a sucker for the Scottish Festival. I hear the pipes and my chest hair starts growing.” (He isn’t exaggerating, we’ve stood next to him at the Pipes, Plaid and Pageantry Parade).

     

     

     

     

     

    Want to have a wee bit of fun?  Tartan up, dress up your bairn and gather your clan! 

     

    There’s a lot to pack into one weekend, so here is our Top 10 things you must do at this year’s
    Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games:

     

    1. The Pipes Plaid and Pageantry Parade is the ultimate greeting of friends from far and wide, welcoming them to Fergus and to the games. It brings everyone together in the heart of downtown Fergus. It’s a grand welcoming fit for a festival that draws people from around the world.
    2. Outlander fan? Oh yeah, you are! Did you know the author of the Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon–  loves the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games? True fact. So this year, the organizers are bringing actor Graham McTavish, the Scottish actor who brilliantly portrays Dougal MacKenzie to the screen as War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie.  And if you’ve not caught up on that series (you seriously should), you’ll know Graham from The Hobbit, where he portrays Dwalin.
    3. Let’s go out on the skite! The Highland Pub is the place where friends new and old gather for some amazing music, a few pints and a whole lot of dancing. The acts this year are stellar, but we’re just going to tip you off one of our favourites. Be sure to catch a show with Albannach. They will leave an impression. Enjoy!
    4. We love to shop the well-sourced Vendor Alley. All the Scottish treasures, from unique wares and souvenirs, are perfect for collectors and those who are looking for momentos of the best weekend of summer. But we loosen our kilt button to enjoy the amazing food and there’s loads of it, so feast up and you’ll find the well tidy scran (food tastes delicious) from the Scottish fare to the classic eats of festival goers.
    5. Get to the Friday Night Tattoo. It’s a must. It’s an incredible spectacle of culture, ancestry, music and tradition. It’s a highlight of the weekend, with a moving atmosphere that sets the tone for the festival weekend. It is a grand event for the whole family.
    6. If you’ve never been to the Heavies Competition, plan plenty of time to catch as many events as possible. Until you’ve seen an athlete toss a caber, throw a hammer, or pitch a sheaf toss, you cannot appreciate the strength and skill. But the best part? The competition and heartfelt camaraderie is like no other sporting event you will ever attend. We spend hours each day watching as many events as we can pack in. There is nothing like it.
    7. The Highland Dance competitions are serious business, but so much fun to watch. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for the endurance and tradition of these dancers who come from far and away to compete at one of the most successful Scottish festivals in North America.
    8. Get out and explore downtown Fergus, where the shops, pubs and all points in between are set to make your experience here top notch, with everything from the fun of a true Ceilidh, to roving pipes and drummers through the streets, psychic fairs and Ghost Walks, to pubs showcasing awesome live music – and of course, the restaurants will be serving up delicious menu items to get into the momentum too. Fergus honours its Scottish heritage all year ‘round, but there is no finer time to feel it in the air than the weekend of the Fergus Scottish Festival.
    9. Don’t just watch it all, take part. The Heritage Village is a great interactive area and a place to learn about everything you’re seeing firsthand. Take time and take it all in.
    10. Do not miss the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Friday night. Main Field. Big stage. Big show. HUGE sound. You will understand why they call it “bagrock.” Worth it. Trust us.

     

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    Whether you come for a day or come for the entire weekend, you’ll enjoy the hospitality when an entire town gets behind the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games to celebrate Scottish culture and history and culture. You’ll feel like, for a time, you were in Scotland – without the jet lag!. (Note: Some of us will experience post-pub lag, which is a totally different thing).

     

    #TartanUP!! 

    We’ll see you there! 

     

     

     

     

     

  5. Fergus Medieval Faire

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    Armour up! Fergus is about to go Medieval.

     

    Fergus is a beautiful historic town, but it’s about to go MEDIEVAL!

    On Saturday, July 28, the merchants of Downtown Fergus will host the Fergus Medieval Faire, inviting everyone to take a step back in time with a full day of fun. And seriously, who doesn’t want to see a Knight in Shining Armour parade through downtown on his trusted stead Fergus? Sign us up!

     

    Medieval Themed Activities

     

    The Medieval Faire will run from 11am to 6pm and feature an array of hands-on activities, interactive experiences, live Celtic music, specialty foods and more. Best of all – this event is FREE for all. It’s just about having a fun experience in a town that knows how to make an event special for everyone!

    Take part in some Medieval-themed games, or watch archery by professionals who know how to hit the mark. Watch the falcons take flight right over our heads. There is nothing like seeing these beautiful birds spread their wings and dip through the air. Incredible!

    We’re excited for the Medieval re-enactment group. Who doesn’t enjoy the sound of the clash of swords in make-believe battles, or some hand-to-hand combat stunts performed by trained professionals who love to bring history to life. We totally do.

    The Viking encampment sounds intriguing, so we’re keen to explore that. Hope they are ready for questions, ‘cause we’re going to have lots!

     

    Fight the Knight

     

    Gear up the kids for a chance to do battle too in a fun Fight the Knight competition.  For the wee ones, there will be puppet shows and Medieval story telling too. But we’re sure that the sight of horses, knights and fair maidens wandering the street will be enough to amaze them. It doesn’t get more interactive than that!

     

    Iron Forge Masters

     

    We’re stoked to watch the live iron forge masters craft unique metal pieces from the coals of their hot fire. It’s an art form like no other. The armour display will showcase the skill it takes to make these massive pieces. But in a completely different artistic format, textile artists will exhibit their weaving and spinning skills. It’s equally impressive.

     

    Shop in Downtown Fergus

     

    Downtown Fergus is a great place to shop in modern day, so imagine the fun to be had shopping on this historic Medieval Faire event. We’re sure the merchants will get into the spirit of the day and add to the character of the day. Plus, specialty vendors will make for a colourful outdoor marketplace too.

    The fun and frolicking will go on throughout downtown Fergus so be sure to pick up a map of the Medieval Faire Sites & Exhibits at the Welcome Station in front of the Fergus Library.

     

    Medieval Feast

     

    Once you’ve worked up an appetite, put your money on the table, because they’ll be serving up a Medieval Feast at 6pm. We’re sure they aren’t using utensils, so maybe don’t wear a white shirt. (That’s a free tip! You’re welcome.)

     

    Fergus Ghost Walk

     

    And if you are feeling brave, the Fergus Ghost Walk will bring history to life in a whole different way starting at 8pm. Admission fees are available here.

    See you in Downtown Fergus on July 28th!

     

     

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