Elora Rapids is following the guidance set forth by Public Health on how to safely operate during the Covid-19 pandemic. As policies change and evolve, Elora Rapids will respond accordingly in an effort to offer excellent customer service while at the same time fostering a safer work environment so you can enjoy a day on the river.
At this time, Elora Rapids acknowledges that it is not possible to carry out or guarantee complete disinfection. The goal is to minimize risk. As such, the following guidelines are currently in use.
SHUTTLE BUS: No shuttle buses will be in operation. Customers tubing in the Elora Gorge Park (Tubing Activities Not Currently Operating) will walk back to their vehicle just as in years past. Customers who choose to adventure on other sections of the Grand River Valley must plan accordingly to shuttle back to their vehicle - e.g. a second car or designated driver.
EQUIPMENT: Personal floatation devices and helmets will only go out at most every third day. Thus, if 20 rentals are used on Monday, those 20 rentals will not be rented again until Thursday, at the earliest. Tubes and kayaks will be disinfected accordingly and/or put on a rotation basis.
RESERVATIONS: All reservations MUST be made in advance by completing the BOOK ONLINE page of the website.
INSTRUCTIONS: When you arrive at your designated pickup time your equipment and written instructions to guide you on your adventure will be ready outside.
PARTY SIZE: A maximum of 10 people per reservation.
RESTROOMS: No restrooms will be available as all pickup will be conducted outside. Please plan accordingly, as best you can.
Now Offering New Routes At Different Price Points. See Below.
WHY RENT FROM ELORA RAPIDS?
Choose Your Adventure Along The Grand River
No High Cost Security Deposit Required
Reserve Your Equipment Online In Advance
Receive Industry Leading Equipment
Comfortable Tubes With Backrest And Handles
Child Friendly Tube Options
Now Offering Inflatable Kayaks With Paddles
Unsurpassed Customer Service
BUT DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT.
CHECK OUT OUR TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS BELOW
OPTION 1 - ELORA GORGE TUBING
SEE OPTION 2 FOR KAYAKING THROUGH THE ELORA GORGE.
1 HOUR FLOAT - FULL DAY RENTAL
The Elora Gorge Park has closed tubing for the 2020 season until further notice. Should the park open up tubing operations Elora Rapids will allow participants to rent tubing equipment to ride the rapids. In the meantime, see option 2 for riding the rapids via kayak and other exciting adventures in the Grand River Valley.
You'll quickly discover why this is the most popular float in the region, if not all of Ontario. There is perhaps no better way to experience the beauty of the Elora Gorge than by floating down it on a river tube. From being swept away by the numerous rapids to peering up at the towering cliffs this is a journey not to be missed. Not for the faint of heart as tubes can capsize. When you've finished your float you can follow the crowds and walk back to the start again and again.
Rental - $30 / PERSON
(Includes Tube, Helmet, Personal Flotation Device & Pump)
ADDITIONAL PARK FEES (Paid at the Park)
Admission Fee: $7.50 / Adult and $3 / Child
Tubing Registration Fee: $15 / Person
Adults: $52.50 / Day
Children (under 15): $48 / Day
Competent Swimming Abilities
Over 48" Tall
Over 50 Pounds
For a thorough explanation of all of the details on how the entire process works when booking with Elora Rapids for equipment to be used in the Elora Gorge Park, including some helpful tips to dealing with long lines at the park, see the FAQ.
OPTION 2 - GRAND RIVER KAYAK
1-5 HOUR FLOAT - FULL DAY RENTAL
While the rapids may be inaccessible for tubing, participants are welcome to brave the rapids in kayaks. Or, for those looking for a less perilous journey Elora Rapids now provides you with additional options of different lengths and difficulties. We've floated the Grand River from Fergus to West Montrose (being careful to avoid the numerous dams and waterfalls along the way) and will provide detailed directions for the adventurer in you when you pick up your gear.
Because paddling is necessary on some routes, kayaks are provided instead of river tubes. For groups with children a combination of tubes and kayaks can be rented. Think of the kayak as the engine and the tube as the caboose with a towline in between. Detach towlines when going through rapids. And remember, you have the equipment all day, so take your time, stop for a picnic lunch, or do a couple of journeys. The choice is yours. For a detailed description of logistics and routes see the FAQ.
Take a 1 hour leisurely float through the Grand River Valley where you can sit back and relax for 2 km as the current guides you through some smaller rapids, twisting and turning through a beautiful natural setting.
If 2 km is not quite enough, keep on trekking for another 2.5 km. Some light paddling will be necessary towards the end of the route as the river opens up and slows considerably as you amble past the Elora Quarry. Journeys will vary from 1.5-3 hours dependent on how often you wish to relax, or go for a swim.
For those who wish to make a full day of it, try your luck at a full 10 km long float where you'll encounter very few people along the way. You'll practically have the entire river to yourself and finish at the Kissing Bridge, Ontario's last wooden covered bridge. Allow 2.5-5 hours.
Rentals - $40 / Person
Rental Includes A Kayak, Personal Flotation Device, Paddle & Pump
ADDITIONAL PARK FEES - NONE!
LONG LINES - NONE!
WE SUPPLY THE ESSENTIALS - YOU ENJOY THE ADVENTURE!
Over 50 Pounds
EVERYONE Must Sign A Waiver Before Renting Equipment.
River tubing takes place in a natural river. Extreme conditions are possible which are beyond our control. Some sections of the river are fast-flowing. Your safety is in your hands.
The safest position to ride down the river is to lie on your back or sit on your bottom, feet first. Be vigilant at all times by constantly looking downstream for obstacles to avoid - rocks, trees and other river debris.
Personal flotation devices must be worn at all times. A properly fitted PFD is "comfortably snug." Helmets are mandatory for the Elora Gorge option. The Elora Gorge option also requires children to have an adult ride with them.
If you capsize do not panic. Do not attempt to stand up while in a rapid. Situate yourself on your back with your feet downstream allowing your PFD to keep you afloat. As you float out of the rapid, your head, knees, and toes will be above the water until you reach safety.
Only one rider on each tube. Don't tie tubes together in the Elora Gorge or while going through any rapids.
Be prepared to get wet. Sunscreen, closed toed footwear, a swimsuit, and a head strap for eyeglasses is recommended.
Water quality is not tested and Elora Rapids is not responsible for water quality related hazards.
Dry bags are not on offer due to Covid-19 precautions. If you wish to bring personal items, ziplock bags could prove handy.