After being hidden away for more than a century, the vision of Harriston’s original postmaster has come to fruition.
Can you solve The Postmaster’s Riddle?
Visit a remarkable heritage building to work as a team and solve puzzles in one of Ontario’s most unique escape rooms.
Your goal? Beat the clock, climb the tower and ring the bell for all to hear: there’s a new postmaster in town.
In the summer of 1979, Professor Michael Purves-Smith fell in love with the beautiful village of Elora and dreamed of establishing a festival of music there fashioned after the world-renowned Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts. A small group of like-minded residents shared his vision and pooled their efforts to present the first Three Centuries Festival the following August. The critics were generous in their praise – the inaugural Festival was a hit! The annual Festival continued to grow in stature and fame; the refining of its mission and name along the way resulted in the establishment of the Elora Festival in 1990.
Over the years, the programming of the Elora Festival has encompassed all forms of classical music, international music, jazz and folk. The guest musicians, conductors, singers, entertainers, and artists who have appeared at the Elora Festival over its many years of making beautiful music include such popular Canadian luminaries as Maureen Forrester, Gordon Lightfoot, Holly Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Moe Kaufman, Dame Cleo Laine, Jesse Cook, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Andre Laplante, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Dawn Upshaw, Randy Bachman, Ben Heppner, Steven Page and many more.
Elora Raft Rides has a self-steered, piloted or guided adventure suited to everyone and our Raft Rides can be found nowhere else in Canada. Explore Elora in a gondola / Punt, view the iconic waterfalls of the Gorge in a Dory, or descend 36 sets of rapids in our one-man cata-rafts called RiverBugs. Fun for everyone !
Cruise the Grand River from the Victoria Street pedestrian bridge to Bissell Park in a custom designed & locally made English gondola / Punt. Take a Bareboat Escapade, a Piloted Safari or book a Custom Musical, Epicurean, Starlight or Romantic Cruise. Ideal for any age or ability of adventure seeker.
White Water RiverBug Rafting
Captain your own RiverBug Raft over gentle rapids, under bridges, over 5 mini waterfalls, around numerous islands, and explore riverside ruins & 400-million-year-old fossil beds with the help of a Trip Guide on Canada’s only RiverBug Raft Ride.
Join or bring a group to play games like RiverBug-Polo, RiverBug-Lacrosse & Riverbug Ultimate Frisbee in our one-man inflatable cata-rafts. Using swim-fins & webbed gloves, you propel yourself around to play these fun, non-competitive games – no experience required. Ask us for details.
Before you head out to enjoy the great outdoors, step into Grand River Outfitting and Fly Shop. They take their passion for fly fishing seriously, creating a retail location that sells the merchandise and supplies they’ve come to trust. With 15 years of guiding experience, they offer instruction and guide services with extensive knowledge of the local fishing spots along the Grand River, and have a depth of knowledge of Ontario’s Great Lakes. Steelhead, trout and Smallmouth bass are popular species in southern Ontario but this crew has the resources to target exotics such as musky, carp or gar pike. Start your adventure here.