Everyone says they’re unique, but Fergus and Elora aren’t your average tourist destinations. We can prove it. Here’s the Grand and Gorgeous ‘TOP 10 Things to Do in Fergus-Elora’, the kinds of things you can’t do anywhere else – because there is no place like this:
1. Gorge Cinema Elora
Take in a movie at the Gorge Cinema, an independent film house in a heritage site. No matter what is on the screen, the character is in the charm of the theatre itself.
2. Elora Centre for the Arts
Art is everywhere here, so don’t miss the sculptures in our parks and public places, or visit the studios and shops that welcome you in. Be sure to visit the free art gallery in the beautiful historic landmark of the Elora Centre for the Arts. Chances are there is a special exhibit or event on, open to all. Begin your self-guided Art Walk here.
3. Dining Experiences in Elora and Fergus
Dine in. You’ll find amazing restaurants in Elora and Fergus, independently owned and operated by people who love what they do. Their passion for local food is served up on every plate. And if you choose to dine out, we’ve got amazing take-out locations that put a fresh spin on classic dishes, to go.
4. Grand River Raceway
The Grand River Raceway is an experience all year round, with OLG Slots, special events and dining all year round, plus all the action of live harness racing three nights a week all summer long. We bet you’ll love it.
5. Cox Creek Winery
We have a winery. It’s just outside of town, but worth the trip to take a sip and taste the variety of award-winning flavours of Cox Creek Winery.
6. Elora Brewing Company
Other towns have breweries, sure, but the Elora Brewing Company not only serves a renowned variety of their craft beers in their gastropub, with a farm-to-table menu, but their fully renovated heritage location also includes their on-site brewing facility and a bottle shop. Cool, right? History and beer. Cheers.
7. Bridges of Elora and Fergus
Visit as many of our bridges as you can. But for the sake of convenience, here’s four that are an absolute must, just to get you started. In Fergus, the Milligan Footbridge, behind the Fergus Library stretching over to the Fergus Marketplace, in the heart of downtown. In Elora, a serene spot is the walking bridge in Bissell Park, over the Grand River. The David Street Bridge in Elora is not for the faint of heart, but on either side, shows the depth of the Elora Gorge and the river flowing beneath. Finally, the Trestle Bridge in Aboyne, part of the trail across from the Wellington County Museum, offers a long distance view of the region.
8. One Axe Pursuits
Zipline over the Elora Gorge with One Axe Pursuits. Don’t look down! Look all around. Or maybe you’ve got a group who would like to repel down the cliffs or ice climb up them when winter brings us icicles so huge that you can’t resist it. Whatever your choice, there is no view like our view.
9. Pubs of Elora and Fergus
Pubs. We have them. We love them. And there really is no bad time to enjoy them, unless they are closed. Don’t go when they are closed. But when they’re open, do sample the finest in local beers, spirits from great makers across Wellington County and Guelph, plus enjoy fine gastropub fare. Go where the locals go.
10. Wellington County Museum and Archives
The Wellington County Museum is not only the most stunning building smack dab in the middle of Fergus and Elora, it’s also one of the most interesting sites to tour. Rich in history, full of art, with a heritage garden and restored barn, a fully accessible, modern archive and large exhibit halls, the building itself is a living testament to the wild, wonderful past of our communities. And it’s haunted, (so they say; we’re too afraid to argue). Check out the cemetery right on site. Connected to the trails, perched high on the hill, be sure to make a stop at this historic site.
Find more things to do in Elora-Fergus
Looking for more things to do? Check out our 2018 Visit Elora Fergus Travel Guide: Grand and Gorgeous – 2018 Visit Elora Fergus Travel Guide