Elora Quarry

Fergus, Ontario

A former limestone quarry, the Elora Quarry is better known as the "old swimming hole." It was a popular swimming spot long before it became a 79 acre day-use conservation area in 1976. Elora Quarry offers a large beach area, unregulated swimming, tree covered picnic space and a 42km hiking trail. The 10 m high cliffs around the quarry are stunning. There are 2 washroom facilities and a small change room available on the site.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 16th, 2021. Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 26th, 2021 at 4:09 PM.
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Current Weather
-15°C
A mix of sun and clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Elora Quarry is sampled weekly from January 1st to September 1st.

Source Information

In 2017, Public Health Units with Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) beaches in their jurisdiction, in consultation with the conservation authority, reviewed the GRCA beach management program and made the decision to discontinue water quality testing by public health units at GRCA beaches.

These beaches are located within three health units in Waterloo Region, Brant County and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

GRCA will continue sampling every two weeks in the months of July and August and post results, along with the amount of rain fallen, on the GRCA website (https://apps.grandriver.ca/beachconditions/public/beachconditions.aspx). Swim Guide checks this website whenever sample information is updated during the swimming season.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli / 100mL. A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E.coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

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Elora Quarry

Fergus, Ontario

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 16th, 2021. Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 26th, 2021 at 4:09 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
-15°C
A mix of sun and clouds

A former limestone quarry, the Elora Quarry is better known as the "old swimming hole." It was a popular swimming spot long before it became a 79 acre day-use conservation area in 1976. Elora Quarry offers a large beach area, unregulated swimming, tree covered picnic space and a 42km hiking trail. The 10 m high cliffs around the quarry are stunning. There are 2 washroom facilities and a small change room available on the site.

Monitoring Frequency

Elora Quarry is sampled weekly from January 1st to September 1st.

Source Information

In 2017, Public Health Units with Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) beaches in their jurisdiction, in consultation with the conservation authority, reviewed the GRCA beach management program and made the decision to discontinue water quality testing by public health units at GRCA beaches.

These beaches are located within three health units in Waterloo Region, Brant County and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

GRCA will continue sampling every two weeks in the months of July and August and post results, along with the amount of rain fallen, on the GRCA website (https://apps.grandriver.ca/beachconditions/public/beachconditions.aspx). Swim Guide checks this website whenever sample information is updated during the swimming season.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli / 100mL. A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E.coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

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