Elora Quarry Conservation Area


Location: Elora Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Day-use
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Length/Size: 79 acre

Elora Quarry Conservation Area
By Grand River Conservation Authority

The centre of attraction at this Conservation Area is the "old swimming hole", a 0.8 hectare (two acre) former limestone quarry encircled by sheer cliffs up to 12 metres (40 feet) high. Elora Quarry did not become a conservation area until 1976, but it was a popular swimming area long before that. This 79 acre (32 hectare) day-use conservation area is tree covered.

Address:
319 Wellington County Rd. 18, Box 356
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Approximate latitude 43 41' 27 N
Approximate longitude 80 24' 55 W
Print a map and directions

Contact:
E-mail conservation area staff or phone (519) 846-5234

Season:
The Elora Quarry is a day use area only. It is open the first Saturday in June until Labour Day. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on weekends and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on week days.

Special Notices
Alcohol is NOT permitted at this conservation area
There is NO beach patrol at GRCA conservation areas. Children are the responsibility of the parents/guardians/adults.

ACTIVITIES
Swimming
A large beach area offers easy access to the water and a sandy area for children and sunbathers. Due to insurance regulations, no jumping or diving is permitted at the quarry from the cliffs and visitors must stay behind the barriers. The beach is not patrolled, so parents or guardians must keep a close watch on children at all times.
A life-jacket loaner program is available. Use of the life-jackets is free with a small, refundable deposit. Ask at the gatehouse for information.
Early in the 1900's, a limestone operation began under the name of The Whitestone Lime Company. For years it continued to flourish until the site contained 9 lime kilns, a stone crusher and a railroad siding. Around 1930, the lime became impure when black streaks appeared in the limestone. Shortly thereafter, the company abandoned the quarry and moved to another site. This quarry has been a popular swimming spot for many years, although it did not become a conservation area until 1976.
Water quality is tested weekly during the summer.

Picnicking
There are shaded areas for picnics and relaxation; however there are no covered picnic shelters available at the quarry.
At the Elora Quarry, a "Carry In - Carry Out" litter disposal program has been implemented. Specially designed bags are given to visitors as they arrive, and we ask that you take your refuse with you when you leave.

Hiking
The Elora Cataract Trail which consists of 42 km of hiking and biking opportunities is located 5 minutes from the park.

FACILITIES
Gatehouse
Staff is on duty from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekends, and 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays. The gatehouse is the place to go to report any problems or concerns.

Washrooms
There are 2 concrete vault-type washrooms within the conservation area. There is also a small change room.

Dog Policy
Pets are welcome in the conservation area but they must be leashed and under control at all times. Pets are not allowed on the beach or in the swimming areas. Owners are asked to "stoop and scoop". There is a fine for not obeying these regulations.

Tourism/Services
Grocery stores, hardware stores and drug stores can be found in Fergus and Elora.
In Fergus, the 19th century storefronts along Stander Street West are home to a wide variety of businesses.
There are boutiques, antique stores, restaurants and cafes on Mill, Metcalfe and Geddes streets in Elora.
The nearest hospital is Groves Memorial Hospital, 235 Union Street East, Fergus.