Tag Archive: Belwood Lake

  1. Head to the Quarry!

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    Head to the Quarry!

    Another rite of summer passage here is a trip to the Quarry – and we’ve got TWO, so you’ve got options!

    An image of the Elora Quarry taken from the top of the limestone cliffs overlooking the quarry basin and the water that is turquoise in colour, with the view of the beach far in the distance. There are a few people on the beach. The image also shows several of the cliffs and rocks that lead down into the water. Thick trees surround the landscape.
    Elora Quarry Photo by Kelly Waterhouse

    The Elora Quarry is a two-acre former limestone quarry, renowned for its deep emerald green water and sandy beach, a picturesque oasis carved into the steep 12 metre hight limestone cliffs. It is one of the most popular destinations in town to enjoy a hot summer day. Book online for admission!

    Know before you go!

    Opening on June 10, 2022, the Elora Gorge Conservation Area uses an online ticketing system which improves the visitor experience. Capacity is limited to 200 people or 150 vehicles per session. Visitors are required to purchase tickets and vehicle passes online in advance. Plan ahead – you can purchase your admission up to one week in advance.

    There are two 4-hour sessions offered each day: from 10am to 2pm, or from 3pm to 7pm. Admission is $10.50 for adults, $5.50 for children, and a vehicle pass can purcahsed for $15 per session.

    This day-use property is tree covered and suitable for picnicking as well as short walks along the one kilometre trail. The park offers vault toilets, change rooms and picnic tables. But please keep your dogs at home!

    This place is famous.

    It also happens to be a very famous location for movie crews. The Elora Quarry has been featured in many films, but you may recognize it from Stephen King’s horror film “IT.” (Don’t worry, we’ve checked all the grates. No clowns.)

    Everything you need to know to plan your Elora Quarry adventure is here: http://www.grandriver.ca/EloraQuarry

    Beautiful Belwood Lake

    If you want to get out of town, Belwood Lake is just minutes east of Fergus and is our version of Cottage Country, offering a summer retreat for many. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic forest surroundings of the Belwood Quarry. This one-acre spring-fed quarry features deep, dark water, with an area sectioned off for shallow water play, and a soft, sandy beach, plus a playground nearby. The wide-open basin of nearby Belwood Lake offers a spot to launch a boat, go for a paddle, cast your line or take a dip.

    Belwood Lake bridge view. Photo by Keegan Taylor

    It’s Cottage Country without the traffic jams. 

    Both operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority, stewards of the water and the environment around it, each quarry offers very different landscapes, yet the same natural beauty to soak up the sun and splash in the cool water. www.grandriver.ca

  2. 40th annual Belwood Lions Pike Derby

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    Take the bait. Cast off in the 40th annual Belwood Lions Pike Derby.

    There are prizes to be won and tall tales to be shared.

  3. 2018 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championship

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    We’re hooked!

    Throw on the hip-waders and tie one on. Fly Fishing Canada will host the 16th Annual National Championship  in Fergus and Elora, (Centre Wellington) from June 3-8, 2018.

    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 ClubThis 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

    Local Charity Beneficiary of proceeds from silent- and live-auctions, raffles, etc.:
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington (BBBS-CW) https://centrewellington.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/


  4. Belwood Lions Pike Derby

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    “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!


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