Amazing footage of Elora Gorge Whitewater tubing, Ontario, Canada. Do NOT wear sunglasses as you will likely lose them (I did). It’s a lazy river so it’s safe even for beginner swimmers. Don't assume you will go down the entire thing with a cushy inflated tube.The views once you are in the gorge are spectacular. Please note that this tubing experience can be very dangerous. I did find this park was not as well kept as the other parks, our out house was out of toilet paper for 2 days and was almost over flowing - when they did come to clean it - they did a great job. Thanks to The Grand River rushing through the Elora Gorge, tubing is the activity of choice here, for those brave enough to try it. Tubes (tire intertubes) are provided for each floater. It is a very scenic area with campsites available. I would not bring kids of any age. After you get to the drop off point you have a 3-5 min walk to the rivers edge. The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. Only plan to go if you are planning to do more than hiking! A bus is provided, but it only runs every 35 minutes, and we were told we'd beat the bus to the launch site (which was true). As locals, we have not used this particular GRCA park much, because there wasn't a lot to offer other than hiking for little kids, compared to Belwood with it's little swimming hole, climber etc, and Guelph lake with it's open spaces and beach.This year's addition of the splash pad has made it a popular spot. The Grand River rushes past 22-metre high cliffs. There were security guards on duty and tossing people out of the quarry area for jumping off the walls, so I'm not sure what that was all about since I've read on sites before that the jumping was part of the excitement. Beach time at the Elora Gorge. Tubing down the river is a fun and exciting way to see the wonders of the Elora Gorge. We brought our own tubes to save money and regretted it. Tubing at Elora Gorge As a family of four (14 and 11 yr old), we decided to go tubing at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. Tubing is not always open, depending on the water levels, flow rate and weather. I'm sure on a weekend this place is busy but when we went during the week we didn't see anyone else for long stretches of time.A lot of people wore water shoes. I was tumbling down the river for what seemed an eternity, but was probably only about 30 seconds. if you don't, you can get a few bruises this way also. there's a small convenience store at the lights that sells wood for cheaper, and it was dry compared to the damp wood we overpaid for.there's a million things to do and we only scratched the surface for all the hiking available. I would let teens go but I would send an adult with them. The beginning of the launch point is VERY VERY ROUGH WATER and my 11-year old (who felt brave enough to venture the rapids launch) was unable to stay on his tube once he did hit the rapids (Thanks to a passing kayaker who grabbed his tube until my husband was able to get to him to retrieve it.) There are out houses throughout the park as well as a couple flush bathrooms with showers. Bring a whistle to blow in case you are in need of help. we will definitely be visiting many times in the future. You literally cannot go any further.. At the rental/ parking are there is a food trailer. Having been screwed over by the park now I got to spend 2 years chasing the tree service to pay for the damages. (whoa…) One of the most popular activities in Elora Gorge Ontario is the seasonal tubing along the river at the bottom. Explore Elora, the Gorge & Waters Beyond. Tubing is not always open, depending on the water levels, flow rate and weather. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in Canada. Date of experience: September 2020. Other activities – Tubing available in summer months, Camping, & all year Zip-lining. Go in a group and stick with your group. My husband and 11-year old son signed up for tubes (beware that they require a $150.00 deposit for 2 tubes) and we walked down to the launch point. Elora Gorge is located about an hour and a half from the centre of Toronto (northeast of Guelph), and one of the most fascinating places to visit for a day trip in spring, summer, or fall! The tubes we were given were oddly shaped and as we came to find out, caused a lot of trouble when trying to balance ones' self on the tubes.We entered the river after walking about 20 minutes to the launch site. As the President of the University of Waterloo’s Outdoor’s Club in 1993, I led numerous wilderness canoe trips and taught Flat-water Canoeing skills, yet continued to dream of my own white-water boating enterprise in the Elora Gorge. Elora Gorge is located an hour and half from Toronto and has the stunning Grand River flowing through it. Book With Us Online Today To Reserve Your Journey! Elora Rapids, founded in 2017, is a locally owned and operated family business that provides river tubing rental equipment. Safety tip – Stay away from cliff edges. The trees blocked the view for the most part. Cost: $15 registration fee, $15 tube rental Address: 7400 Wellington County Rd. Helpful. You can bring your own equipment but will not be allowed down the river without a helmet, lifejacket and tube. Picture white-water rafting (in quieter waves) while sitting on a giant inflated inner tube with no paddles to control your direction. Although tubing activity in itself is pretty safe (they will not allow tubing when river is not calm or safe), but I had heck of a time trying to reach back to the rental office to deposit my equipment (also the place where cars are packed). We chose to do the tubing at Elora Gorge due to the hot weather. the staff is a little disorganized. There are 3 in close proximity here, then conestoga and Guelph lake a short ride away for people interested. At the park entrance you have to pay a general admission fee. For those who really want to tube, go into the Elora Gorge Park. Though they decided to clean it with loud generator powered power washers at 8:30am.When we arrived everyone was just leaving from a long weekend. At the parking lot there is a tubing rental building that also has change/washrooms. Here’s a brief history lesson to help give you an appreciation of what you’ll be tubing through: This is a good spot for watching people in kayaks as they navigate the slower waters, then the rapids. Helmets and life-vests are provided as part of the $24 per-person charge ( a bit high in my opinion). We went when the rapids were on the low (tamer) side. I was tipped out of my tube which quickly floated ahead of me down the first big rapid. Bring warmer clothes for after. We had a great time. The Grand River rushes past 22-metre high cliffs. This campground has large treed lots. (They said they will only open the tubing if it's between a 5 and an 8 and the day we went was just under a 6 rating for the rapids).We found that going down once was enough for us. Showers do cost $.25 as with all Grand River Parks. I was like a rag doll being thrown around between massive rocks. This is no Lazy River water park. While water and amusement parks offer lazy rivers and rides through man-made rapids, there’s something special about being out in nature, shooting through a real gorge formed tens of thousands of years ago. Small children should be closely watched and you should try to hold on to them if possible from your tube. Tubing is a fantastic way to explore Centre Wellington from the perspective of the Grand River. Elora, Centre Wellington, Ontario N0B 1S0, Historical Elora: Explore the beautiful surroundings on this cycling audio tour. We did not enjoy this experience at all, and are still nursing sore backs, feet and bumps and bruises from this tumbling experience. The limestone cliffs of Elora Gorge Ontario reach 22 miles in height! I got stuck in a rapid just seconds after getting into my tube. Discover the Past, Present & Future in a Raft Ride. Choose from Bareboat hires you captain yourself, shared Safaris rides with one of our pilots, or private Cruises with specialized entertainment. We went tubing, and it wasn’t so bad considering the fact that I can’t swim. THIS PARK IS SHANGRA-LA EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING!!! During the summer popular activities at the Elora Gorge include tubing and lazy river rafting down the Grand River, hiking the trails and exploring the caves, zip lining, or an Instagram at the Elora Gorge Lookout. Book your tickets online for Elora Gorge Conservation Area, Elora: See 425 reviews, articles, and 424 photos of Elora Gorge Conservation Area, ranked No.1 on Tripadvisor among 14 attractions in Elora. We have built the business that we would want to use - online bookings of the best equipment at the lowest prices with excellent customer service. When the season ends you pay a fee to store your trailer over the winter and accordingly you asume the park takes responsibility for your property durring that time---WRONG--. There is a lack of proper stop signs, and the small park roads were crowded with tubers walking up and down the road - there are no side walks for tubers. After reading the reviews that others left and watching clips on Youtube we did not bring our kids. 21, Elora Phone: 519-846-9742 Website. Wish we would've brought a picnic in! Riverside trails (with safety barriers) and scenic overlooks provide hikers with stunning views of the water far below where kayakers and tubers make their way through the rapids. There is a cement bridge that crosses the river at water level. Grand River, Elora (Elora Gorge Park) The Elora section of the Grand River is an amazing tubing spot that runs past 22-metre high cliffs and scenic hiking routes towering above the river. I reported this to the park and the park answer was ( go see your insurance ) Knowing full well the repair is less than the deductible on any policy----so once again it's GO POUND SALT--kiss myYOU KNOW WHAT -- we are not going to do anything for you --What does this all mean? We paid over $20 for the admission fee, and we were done after an hour. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Tubes (tire intertubes) are provided for each floater. I won't be going again but others I know will definitely go again. They have sold out occasionally in the am. The scenery is beautiful .The second time down the river we managed to stop at one of the waterfalls and along some ledges carved out in the walls of the gorge.. We had a great day in Elora. You can get more information from their website. A day trip to Elora is just the thing.The natural beauty of the gorge and the town itself with small shoppes and restaurants is perfect.Of note, the Mill at Elora and the dining facilities are closed for a major renovation and not being able to go there was a downer, but the work has to be done sometime.Nice way to spend an afternoon. The school bus does a continuous loop all day. I think more than that would almost be too much, so i agree with the reviewer that suggested larger groups share tubes to save on the cost. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in New Zealand. But it was again a beautiful area. However, it was a great place to relax and unwind and we again got some beautiful shots here. Riverside trails (with safety barriers) and scenic overlooks provide hikers with stunning views of the water far below where kayakers and tubers make their way through the rapids. On weekends only they have a shuttle operating to pick up tubers at the end and drive them back to the start, during the week you get to do the half hour walk back to the start. But is it worth risking my life? Also, as someone else mentioned, the staff (mostly very young people) definitely was disorganized. Is a very long walk to the launch point especially carrying tubes, but very beautiful and we got some great pix just from the walk. You then casually float down the river encountering a few more smaller rapids. Elora Gorge Tubing and Zip Lining. This is real, unpredictable nature. One of us ended up getting a rash on the inside of our arms from the rubber tube. Please note that this tubing experience can be very dangerous. My advice Bum Up!!! Share. -- It means if your property or family get hurt at the park even when it's clearly the parks responsibility ---THE PARK WILL NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY -- UNLESS YOU CAN AFFORD A GOOD LAWYER-- to make them do so.KEEP IN MIND, THIS IS AN EASY PARK TO GET HURT IN -- if you are not veryvery careful! )Unless you are a daredevil and over the age of at least 15 I strongly suggest you skip the first rapid. This video is of the starting point for tubing the Grand River at Elora Gorge Conservation Area in Ontario, Canada. Our daughter (who is also an adult) also flipped off her tube. it was really unfortunate that the river is moving WAY too fast for any chance of tubing. You can walk to the start or you can take a modified school bus. It seemed like an innocent-enough activity. If you are not comfortable or have small kids you can walk down the rivers edge and enter the water past the rapids. Things to do in Elora Tubing in the Elora Gorge. IF YOU GO: Activities at Elora include hiking, kayaking, tubing, canoeing, fishing, picnicking, and … From the rushing white water to the towering cliffs, tubing offers more than just a refreshing ride on a hot summer day.Tubing on September 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27:Registration tickets for these dates may be purchased starting the The Elora Gorge, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority, is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley.Riverside trails look down 22 metres (72 feet) over scenic views of the water below where kayakers and canoeists make their way through the rapids. The current was extremely strong. 45 min to float down the river. There are jagged rocks everywhere so unless you want to lose a but cheek get a real tube. PARK FEES: In Addition To The Elora Rapids Rental Fee All Participants Must Pay A Tubing Registration Fee ($15 / Person) And Admission Fee ($7.50 / Person) Upon Arrival At The Elora Gorge Park. Also, tubing is about $30/pp on top of regular admissions. Tubers end the ride on a very small bridge. We just went to the park for the day for the tubing. Keep in mind there are no life guards or patrol officers in the area. Provided by http://www.opentoronto.com/. 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