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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2008/09/24 Elora, and the Grand River by the Mill Inn

On the way to a meeting at the Township of Centre Wellington, Stephen and I got lost.  I hadn’t done the mapping in advance and was relying on Blackberry Maps on Stephen’s handheld device.  Out in the country, street addresses don’t work so well.  We stopped for directions, and were told simply:  go to the main street of Elora.  It’s not a huge metropolis.  As we drove into the village, we saw John parked on the side of main street, on his mobile phone, calling for directions.  We were all late!  There’s a lesson here for big city boys!

DI_20080924 124428 Elora sign

After our business was done, John had to head back to Toronto.  Stephen and I took some leisure time to take in the sights.  We walked south on Metcalf Street.

DI_20080924 124714 Elora MetcalfStreet view south

At the foot of Metcalf Street is Mill Street.  Looking west, the road curves around, and the Elora Mill Inn is at the end.

DI_20080924 133938 Elora MillStreetW

On the east side of Mill Street, there’s an information centre.  The lady there gave us a local map.  She suggested crossing the Metcalf Street bridge south, and following the river west.

DI_20080924 134026 Elora MetcalfStreet bridge

As we crossed the bridge, the scenic Grand River revealed itself.

DI_20080924 134044 Elora GrandRiver w of MetcalfStreet bridge

Past the parking lot off Ross Street, there is a walkway leading to a concrete wall at the edge of the river.

DI_20080924 134136 Elora GrandRiver RossStreet

This wall isn’t well maintained, so we had to watch our steps.  The Mill Inn is across the Grand River, on the north side.

DI_20080924 134258 Elora GrandRiver falls mill

Walking further west on the wall, we saw the falls right outside the Mill Inn.

DI_20080924 134620 Elora gorge falls

The Islet Rock, or Tooth of Time, is a small island in the midst of the falls.  In 1902, the mill owner wanted it removed, but the village chose to reinforce the rock so that might last forever.

DI_20080924 134712 Elora gorge falls footings

I stepped as far west as I thought was safe.  The wall is overgrown with trees, so I returned the direction from whence I came.

DI_20080924 134722 Elora gorge falls upstream

Heading back into the village centre, we would cross back over the bridge.

DI_20080924 134306 Elora GrandRiver MetcalfStreet bridge

Our car was parked two blocks north on Metcalf Street.

DI_20080924 133956 Elora MetcalfStreet view north

To prepare for the drive back to Toronto, Stephen stopped by the bakery for coffee … and a dessert.

DI_20080924 135654 Elora bakery SB

I’ve lived in Ontario for most of life, and have never had the occasion to go to Elora.  I can now appreciate the attraction of the natural beauty in the area.

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