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  1. We Remember

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    November 11thRemembrance Day is honoured in many ways locally each year and if you find yourself in Fergus or Elora over this weekend, we invite you to take part in our many events.

     

     

     

    Without a doubt, the most spectacular display to honour our fallen takes place on front lawn of the Wellington County Museum and Archives.  In partnership with our local Legions, we honour the 526 fallen from Wellington County. Those who died in the First World War, World War Two, Korea and Afghanistan are remembered with a marker on the front lawn.

    This informal and poignant tribute takes place at dusk on November 10, (5:30pm) and the candles will remain lit until November 12. Candles are provided by the Museum and everyone is encouraged to attend.

     

    Listen for the pipes

    Early on Sunday, November 11th,  members of the Fergus Pipe Band will be taking part in the 100th Anniversary of Armistice by performing at the Fergus Legion.

    At 6am pipers will perform the piece Battle’s O’er to commemorate the end of World War One and pay tribute our fallen. All our welcome to start the morning of Remembrance with this important event.

     

     

    Remembrance Day Services

    Elora – Remembrance parade Nov. 11 starting at 11am, followed by a ceremony at the cenotaph in front of our municipal offices.

    Fergus – Remembrance parade Nov. 11 starting at 10:30am, followed by a cenotaph service.

    Salem – Remembrance parade, Nov. 11, starting  at 9:30am; with a service at the cenotaph.

     

     

     

     

    Bells of Peace

    This Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

    On Nov. 11 1918, after four long years, the guns had fallen silent. In their place, across Canada church bells rang out to share the news that the Great War, regarded at the time as “the war to end all wars,” was finally over.

    To commemorate the occasion, The Royal Canadian Legion, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is encouraging all communities across the country to participate in the Bells of Peace initiative.

     

     

     

     

    Elora – Knox Presbyterian Church will ring its bell on Nov. 11 at dusk.

    The Legion is awaiting confirmation from other churches in Elora.

    Fergus – The Fergus Legion will ring the bell from the WWII corvette HMCS Fergus, usually on display in the club hall, in front of the Legion at 5pm on Nov. 11.

    St. James Anglican Church will also ring their bells.

    We invite you to join us as we gather to remember. #LestWeForget

     

    Photo credit to Bill Longshaw and Olivia Rutt.

  2. 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. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  3. Thanksgiving in Sensational Elora

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    The best weekend of the fall season is here and the best place to be? Also here. Right here, in Elora. Why? Because it’s sensational!

    This long weekend boasts many fine traditions for friends and family to gather and celebrate the harvest.  In our community’s social calendar, it brings two of our favourite fall events – and we’d love for you to join us!

     

    WHO DOESN’T LOVE PUMPKINS?

     

    Sensational Pumpkin Day is a FREE family event held in Elora’s Bissell Park, at the Elora Farmers’ Market. The event is all about celebrating the end of the harvest season with all kinds of fun, interactive activities for all ages.  Bring the family and get ready for some fun!

    • Prizes for best carved/decorated pumpkins (lots of pumpkins on site!)
    • Giant pumpkin carving demonstrations – to be raffled
    • Mapleton’s Organic Dairy pumpkin ice cream
    • Face painting, Highland dance demonstrations, Zumba
    • A bouncy castle
    • Music with Juneyt

    PLEASE bring a donation of a non-perishable food donation for the Centre Wellington Food Bank too!

     

     

    SENSATIONAL SOUP-OFF

     

    Soup’s on!  Get ready to slurp up some hot, delicious and creative soups for the annual Sensational Soup-off and Empty Bowls event, a yummy Thanksgiving weekend tradition.

    Held at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, in the Aboyne Hall, the event invites local soup-makers to stir it up for a good cause. From professional Chefs with delectable skills to amateur foodie enthusiasts, including some award-winning youth entries, with homemade recipes that are tried and true, they’ll face off in a bowl-to-bowl competition – and best of all, you get to be the judge!

    Your ticket allows you to sample from this amazing buffet of soups made with local and sustainable food.  Your vote dictates the winner!

    Tickets:
    $15 Adults
    $5  Children
    $35 Family
    $25 Bowl

    All proceeds from this event go to support the Centre Wellington Food Bank and Centre Wellington District High School‘s Breakfast Program.

     

     

    For more information visit Sensational Elora.

     

     

  4. The Elora Singers Unplugged: Museum Series

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    Enjoy music under the stars with the finest voices in town, the Elora Singers. Curated by Michael Cressman (Bass), the Elora Singers let their hair down in this rocking “house party” showcase.  Performing Broadway tunes and other personal favourites, they present a casual “this is us” showcase that will bring you closer to your Singers than ever.

    Hosted by the Wellington County Museum, in the Exhibit Hall, this show is perfect for the whole family.

    Tickets available via: Elora Festival

    Get ready to sing along …

  5. Elora Festival presents The Shoestring Magic Flute

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    Bring the kids, pack a picnic and introduce them to inspiration of Mozart’s most famous opera!

    This is an ideal introduction to the beauty of this musical art form. Through the power of music and make-believe, Allegra and Papageno embark on a magical adventure of sharing and self-discovery.

    The Wellington County Museum and Archives will open the doors of the Heritage Barn for a special family-friendly production of The Shoestring Magic Flute.

    Free pre-concert activities at 10 am! Bring a picnic lunch, visit the Aboyne Library and at 1 pm tour the Wellington County Museum at no extra cost.

    Tickets are available at: Elora Festival

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