One day, that’s all I got to spend on this trip camping along the Gorge. I wish I could have spent more time and done everything there was, but that simply wasn’t an option on this trip. I missed out on doing the lazy river tube riding and the hiking trail but I got to swim in the gorge, take in an amazing waterfall, and cliff jump in the Elora quarry.
With the one day we spent there we also spent a night, we car camping in the Elora Gorge Conservation Area, the conservation was right on the gorge and from the site I stayed at it was a 3-minute walk down to the bottom of the gorge where we could bathe in the sun and enjoy the Saturday.
But before we even went down to the Gorge which we knew wasn’t going anywhere and we could visit at any time of the day we made a trip down to the Elora Quarry, and man oh man was it ever worth it! By the time we made it to the quarry it was around 1:30 in the afternoon and you can tell we weren’t the only ones with the same idea of spending the Saturday at the quarry, it felt like everyone within 50km was at the quarry lounging around, swimming, or cliff jumping. With a small beach, steep cliffs and a forest all around it felt like a secret hiding spot and I can only imagine what it would have been like before people knew about it.
It was a pretty good way to spend a Saturday afternoon, swimming in the cool water, laying the sand, and jumping at cliffs that were a perfect height. Definitely a Saturday I wouldn’t trade away.
Eventually, it came to a point in the day where the crowded beach was too much and we headed back to the conservation campgrounds and actually explore the gorge. We dropped our towels and beach gear off at the camp site and went for a wander down to the gorge and we were shocked with what we came across. A massive 40+foot waterfall that no one even told us about! We just got lucky and came out of the forest at the perfect spot.
Other than a few tubers every couple of minutes we had the area to ourselves, there wasn’t really a trail that leads to the waterfall or any markers so the only way to get to the waterfall was to explore or go on the lazy river. I’m just happy we were able to stumble upon such a gem. We spent the rest of the afternoon down by the waterfall swimming in the shallow rocks and trying our hand at rock stacking.
However, once the sun went down that’s when the real fun started, it was time to cook hot dogs and smores. Whenever smores are involved it trumps all other activities.