As the city continues to loosen covid restrictions through the month of June, Toronto’s summer vibes can finally start to return. The sun has begun to shine, and beaches are starting to get full. Luckily, another large gathering area apart from Wonderland (also super hype!) that has just opened up post-pandemic, is Elora Quarry. Here’s all the details on what to expect when reserving tickets at this small beach outside Toronto.
Visit Elora Quarry
In an effort to follow social distancing guidelines, the amount of visitors is being limited. For this reason, advanced reservations are required for everyone. Tickets are available to be purchased up to seven days in advance, and get buyers access to one of two four hour sessions. The first being during the day at 10am-2pm, and the second in the evening from 3pm-7pm. Adult tickets are going to be $10.50 each, not including the parking permit which is an additional $15. Be sure to check the weather before your visit to ensure the most enjoyable stay!
Starting on June 22, visitors will also have the option to purchase tubing tickets through Elora Gorge. This will function as a super fun refreshing ride through the white water river on a hot day. Tubing will operate from 10am-6pm, assuming the daily conditions allow it. Be sure to note that buyers will first be paying for a registration fee of $17.70, with the $44.25 rental equipment package sold separately. Check the Grand River website for more info on both of Elora’s attractions!
Stay Cool For The Summer
Let’s get into the actual spectacles of this beautiful outdoor attraction. Upon arrival, visitors will be able to take in the large beach area surrounded by the towering quarry cliffs. This serves as a perfect spot for sunbathing and provides close access to the natural water source flooding the quarry. The water in this natural reserve is both relaxing and refreshing, as swimmers will find themselves at one with nature.
Plan a Picnic For Your Visit!
As the day at the quarry starts to fly by, visitors may find themselves beginning to feel hungry. Make sure to plan in advance and bring yourself a lunch, as there is a designated picnic area nearby. Visitors will be able to sit at a table on a first come first serve basis. This area is described on their website to have plenty of shade and be spacious enough to fit a portion of daily ticket holders. Additionally, day-use visitors have the option to cook on a barbeque as they are permitted in this zone. Lunch in the sun never sounded so good!
After eating, visitors have the option of getting some physical exercise by following Elora Quarry’s loop trail. This one kilometre path goes all the way around the park and even offers sights directly of the Grand River. More adventurous hikers may find themselves taking the time to walk the Elora Cataract Trailway. Located just a few minutes away from the quarry, this massive trail measures a whopping 47 kilometre route! Trekkers will find themselves immersed in nature as they circuit the entire Grand and Credit river watersheds. More info on the Cataract trail can be found here!
It’s been a long year of being mostly stuck in our houses thanks to covid. So with that being said, whether you’re a swimmer, hiker, sunbather, or all three, Elora Quarry is looking like a must visit this summer!