I’m not typically one for spontaneous adventures, but my friends managed to convince me to come tubing at the Elora Gorge.
As much as I do enjoy spontaneity, I’m someone who has to always have everything planned and scheduled out.
It’s also around the same amount of time to get to Elora from Toronto!
We arrived around 9:30 AM and to our relief, it was pretty much empty for a warm summer day.
Here’s how we spent our day tubing at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area!
What to pack & wear for tubing in Elora
What to wear
- Swimsuit or swim trunks
- Water shoes
- Hiking-appropriate clothing (optional)
- Sneakers (optional)
We rented our tubing equipment from Elora Rapids, which came with a helmet, life jacket, and tube.
Of course, you’ll need to wear a swimsuit for your day of tubing at the Elora Gorge.
I have a whole list of adorable swimwear in my Amazon Shop, but any swimwear of your choice works!
Sandals will either get lost or soaked, and water shoes will keep your feet protected from sharp rocks.
Honestly, water shoes are pretty hideous, but they’re essential for tubing out on the river.
Hiking-appropriate clothing and sneakers
If you plan on hiking afterwards, bring a hiking outfit and sneakers to change into!
The Elora Gorge Conservation Area is a light hiking area, so you can just wear anything that’s comfortable to do some walking in.
Adidas Ultraboost sneakers are my all-time favourite sneaker because they’re so comfortable for walking in!
I also have a blog post all about how to style Adidas Ultraboost sneakers if you’re into them 🙂
What to pack
- Waterproof phone pouch
Entrance fees to the Elora Gorge Conservation Area are $7.50 per person, so you’ll also need to bring cash or a credit card.
You’ll be out on the water in the sun all day, so definitely pack sunscreen to keep your skin safe from the harsh rays.
I love the brand COOLA because they’re clean, so their sunscreen is safe for your skin and the environment!
This COOLA spray sunscreen also smells like pina colada, which is nice.
Sunglasses are definitely nice to protect your eyes from the sun, but I wouldn’t wear any expensive ones in case they get lost in the water.
I typically wear free promo sunglasses for activities like tubing, but you can also grab cheap ones on Amazon.
This sunglasses set comes with two pairs for $19.99, and the other colours and styles typically range from $20-$30 for two pairs!
Obviously you’ll be needing a towel for your day out on the water.
I’d grab a quick-drying microfibre towel, but you can also just bring a regular bath towel from home.
Waterproof phone pouch
I didn’t take my phone with me on the river because I didn’t want to get it wet, but definitely bring one to take some photos/videos if you have a waterproof phone pouch.
Things to do in Elora
Tubing wasn’t so bad considering the fact that I can’t actually swim.
I’d recommend having at least basic swimming knowledge, especially for when you need to exit the gorge at the end.
Luckily, my friends are good swimmers, so they were able to help me get out safely.
It is a lazy river, so it’s safe even for beginner swimmers.
The view floating down the Elora Gorge was astonishing, and I didn’t even mind all the dead bugs floating around me.
I didn’t take any photos while out on the water as I didn’t have a waterproof phone pouch, but I’d definitely get one if you want to take photos/videos while keeping your phone safe from the water!
We went hiking on the trail afterwards, and it was a really nice end to our day trip in Elora.
It’s not a particularly long hike, but it’s still a nice walk around after tubing out on the river!
It’s also absolutely stunning during the fall with all the colourful leaves.
If you’re not too tired from tubing and hiking, you can also head over to the Elora Quarry for some swimming.
It’s a gorgeous place to swim, but it does get super busy during the summer months.
Admission fees are $9.29 per adult and parking is $13.27, and you can find more details on the Grand River website.
Exploring downtown Elora
Elora is known as one of the most beautiful towns in Ontario, and they’re located right along the picturesque Grand River.
Spend some time exploring the historic architecture of the town and stop in for a bite to eat before heading back home!
We ended up leaving around 5:30 PM, so we spend a good 8 hours tubing and hiking at the Elora Gorge.
Despite the sunburns, the mosquito bites, and the allergic reaction, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Elora is one of the most beautiful places in Ontario, and it’s definitely worth a visit!
If you’re looking for more day trip ideas in Ontario, here are some other posts to give you some inspiration:
- How to Spend a Perfect Day Trip in Niagara Falls, Ontario
- How to Spend a Day in Hamilton, Ontario
- Why You Must Visit the Aberfoyle Antique Market in Guelph, Ontario
- A Day Trip to Terre Bleu Lavender Farm in Milton, Ontario
- We Went On a Road Trip to Oshawa for These Milkshakes
- A Day Trip to South Pond Farms in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario