COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

Elora Rapids is following guidance from Public Health to operate as safely as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is not possible to guarantee complete disinfection. The goal is to minimize risk. As such, the following guidelines are currently in use.

  • SHUTTLE BUS: No shuttle buses are in operation. Customers must plan accordingly to shuttle back to their vehicle - e.g. a second car, designated driver, Uber.

  • EQUIPMENT: Personal flotation devices and helmets will be isolated for at least 3 days after each use. Tubes and kayaks will be disinfected and/or isolated.

  • 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. It is important to ARRIVE ON TIME so plan for traffic accordingly. 

  • PARTY SIZE: Maximum of 10 people per reservation.

  • RESTROOMS: No restrooms will be available at Elora Rapids. The Elora Visitor Centre has restrooms at 10 East Mill Street, a 3 minute walk away. Please plan accordingly.

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KAYAKING THE ELORA GORGE

2-3 HOUR FLOAT - 8 KM - FOR THE ADVENTUROUS!

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 paddling down it in a kayak. From being swept through the numerous rapids to peering up at the towering cliffs this is a journey not to be missed.

 

OFFERED AS A TOUR - COMING SOON!

 

This adventure IS NOT for the faint of heart. Capsizing is a possibility within the rapids and you are ON YOUR OWN. Kayaking experience highly recommended.

Choose "KAYAK RENTAL" On the BOOK ONLINE Page For This Adventure.

PRICES

Rental - $40 / Person

(Includes Kayak, Paddle, Helmet & Personal Flotation Device)

ADDITIONAL PARK FEES - NONE

REQUIREMENTS

Participants need to be over 90 pounds, possess competent swimming abilities, have confidence in turbulent waters, and be capable of paddling a kayak through the rapids. Furthermore, because of the difficulty in reaching the access point all participants must be able to carry an inflatable kayak and paddle down steep steps, down a steep embankment and along a rocky river bed. Your group will be on your own. If you have questions if this adventure is right for you, then it probably isn't!

LOGISTICS

 

All information regarding where to access and exit the river is in the PDF document above. Remember, because of the Coronavirus, all parties are responsible for their own transportation. Plan on having two vehicles to shuttle yourselves or bring a designated driver who will pick you up at the finish.

KAYAKING THE GRAND RIVER VALLEY

2.5-5 HOUR FLOAT - 10 KM - MAKE A FULL DAY OF IT!

For those looking for a long peaceful day on the river this is the trip for you - less perilous than the journey through the rapids of the Elora Gorge and beautiful in a more serene than dramatic way. This trip begins where the Gorge trip ends, at Wilson's Flats. You probably won't see a soul the entire way as you'll practically have the entire river to yourself. You'll finish at the Kissing Bridge, Ontario's last wooden covered bridge. Stop for a picnic lunch to take a break wherever you please.

 

LOW RIVER LEVELS. CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE.

 

LOW WATER LEVEL IN SOME AREAS! This adventure IS NOT for those who do not have the ability to paddle for long periods of time - especially if strong headwinds are blowing from the south! This is an active adventure rather than a lazy float.

Choose "KAYAK RENTAL" On the BOOK ONLINE Page For This Adventure.

PRICES

Rentals - $40 / Person

(Includes Kayak, Paddle, Personal Flotation Device & Pump)

ADDITIONAL PARK FEES - NONE

REQUIREMENTS

Over 90 Pounds

Ability To Carry An Inflatable Kayak & Paddle

Ability To Paddle For Extended Periods of Time

LOGISTICS

All information regarding where to access and exit the river is in the PDF document above. Remember, because of the Coronavirus, all parties are responsible for their own transportation. Plan on having two vehicles to shuttle yourselves or bring a designated driver who will drop you off and pick you up at the finish.

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TUBING THE GRAND

1-1.5 HOUR FLOAT - 2 KM - TAKING IT EASY.

Elora Rapids recognizes that not everyone wants a full day adventure or being tossed around by rapids. For those who want to simply kick back, relax, and take it easy, this trip is for you. The access and exit is relatively simple (my 4 year old son was fine but my 70 year old father had to be extra careful at a brief steep section) and the float is both scenic and relaxing with a few rapids to push you along the way. This is a popular spot for fly fishing, and Elora Rapids encourages you to be polite (even when they are not) and seek to steer clear of their lines if at all possible.

Choose "TUBING RENTAL" On the BOOK ONLINE Page For This Adventure.

PRICES

Rental - $35 / Person

(Includes Tube, Personal Flotation Device & Pump)

ADDITIONAL PARK FEES - NONE

REQUIREMENTS

Participants need to be over 50 pounds. It is possible to fall off of your tube. As such, participants must be comfortable in the river while retrieving their tube. The entry and exit points require you to traverse a wooded path with stairs and some steep trails.

LOGISTICS

All information regarding where to access and exit the river is in the PDF document above. Remember, because of the Coronavirus, all parties are responsible for their own transportation. Plan on having two vehicles to shuttle yourselves or bring a designated driver who will drop you off and pick you up at the finish. Because of the short length of this trip it is also possible to walk back to your vehicle in about 20 minutes.

SAFETY

EVERYONE Must Sign A Waiver Before Renting Equipment.

A Picture Will Be Taken Of Your Driver's License As The Security Deposit.

  • 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 own hands. 

  • The safest position to ride down the river is to lie on your back or sit on your bottom in a tube, feet first. For a kayak you will be sitting on your bottom feet first. Paddle straight into the rapids and stay low. 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, and for all to be confident swimmers.

  • 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 or kayak. Don't tie tubes or kayaks together 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.

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