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A pretty village, a gorge and some goats

© by George Bailey
Elora Gorge

Elora is such a nice village of 5, 500 that I want to move here. Many have done just that because Elora grows on you from the minute you arrive. Over dinner at a local favourite eatery, The Shepherd's Pub, I strike up a conversation with Nadine McEwen and Stan Winegard who tell me they moved here about two and a half years ago from Timmins. Stan says, "It's a real pretty place and a very welcoming community with an active artistic community. Since Nadine is a sculptress, it fits perfectly into our life style." Even the owners of this authentic British pub moved to Elora from Guelph a few months ago. Throughout the weekend I bumped into others who made the same decision.
     Elora is an artist community specializing in handcrafted and one-of-kind items. The two main streets to stroll are Mills and Metcalfe. A notable shop on Mill Street is The Village Olive Grove (It was the free olive oil tastings sign outside the store that first caught my eye). I met owner, David Medeiros from Toronto and he contends that this shop is the only one in Canada that sells exceptional olive oils and vinegars from around the world.
     A few other shops caught my eye: Sante's is a natural grocery store with organic and fair-trade foods and gifts. A Weed Bit Natural features hemp products and organic clothing. Jammed Lovely is filled with unique one-of-a-kind gift items. Sweet Trash has clothing and accessories from the 1920's onwards. At Grand Gourmet Kitchenware, I had to have some of the items explained to me as to what they were. You can tell how much time I spend in the kitchen.
     If you arrive on a Saturday, sign up at the Village Olive Grove for the $10.00 walking tour between 1-3 pm. You will sample specially created dishes from eight restaurants while learning about the history and architecture of the area.
     Holiday Happenings include: the Santa Claus Parade: Saturday, November 26 and Parade of Lights at 6pm. There's another parade in nearby Fergus on December 3rd at 1:30 pm; Starlight Shopping: November 24-25 until 9pm; Elora Centre for the Arts Show and Sale: December 8-22; The annual Elora Festivals Singers' Christmas Concert series in December is an annual rite of winter.
     Elora is located on the Grand River where the Elora Gorge begins. The gorge has a waterfall that forms behind the Elora Inn and continues for 4 km. (The Elora Inn is currently closed for renovations.) In the middle of the falls is the "Tooth of Time," a huge rock that has become the symbol of the village of Elora.
     When you force yourself to leave Elora, take a 10-minute trip on Highway 6 north to Arthur, Ontario. That's where you will find River's Edge Goat Dairy. If you have children, they will love it. Chances are good that you will find owners Katie Kormet or Will Makxam tending to their herd of 120 mature does. The farm produces milk as well as cheese, yogurt and even soap. None of the goats are processed for meat. Visitors are welcome to visit the farm (no charge) and you might see the goats being milked. Hours of operation vary. Katie says, "When the chain at the entrance to our farm is down, we are home. When it's up we've gone to do some errands. Call us ahead of time to see if we'll be home."

Map Of Area    David Medeiros   Downtown Shops   Elora Sign   Goat Products    Katie Kormet   Riverside

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George Bailey

George Bailey contributes to Sun Media's 43 paid-circulation newspapers across Canada as well as numerous magazines. George has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Canada AM, The Discovery Channel, and Live with Regis and Cathy Lee. He has published five books on Niagara Falls.
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If you go
Elora and Fergus Tourism: www.elorafergus.travel
or 519-846-9841.GPS punch in 9 Mill St. E.
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elora,_Ontario
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Elora
Places of worship: http://www.yellowpages.ca/search/si/1/Churches...
Fiction: http://elorawritersfestival.blogspot.com/2011/07/speaking-novels.html
River's Edge Goat Dairy: www.goatmilkproducts.ca
or 1-800-209-7330) 8102 Wellington Rd.

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