My trip to Elora Quarry & the Search for an Abandoned Castle
Literally one day after visiting the Lavender Field, I visited the magnificent Elora Quarry. It was a fabulous weekend of adventure!
Elora is a charming village perched on the edge of a spectacular gorge and nestled along the banks of the Grand & Irvine River. It is located about two hours Northwest of Toronto and it’s really worth a visit.
The Elora Quarry is a conservation area and has become a popular swimming spot since the quarry closed. This is another place I haven’t heard of until this summer, and I’m so glad to have discovered it.
Once we arrived, I was immediately awed by the breathtaking view from the top of the cliff.
Before heading down to the beach area, I wanted to take in the beauty from where I was standing. Some of the cliffs are up to 12 metres high!
There were people cliff-diving even though the signs clearly stated it wasn’t allowed. Personally, I thought those people were pretty crazy. I wouldn’t do it! But hey, to each their own.
It was a short walk down to the beach and the view from down there was just as amazing. Luckily, the beach wasn’t very crowded. I imagine that was because of the weather. It wasn’t very hot that day and rain was in the forecast. I heard it gets a lot busier normally.
One word of warning, if you plan on visiting this park, make sure to go to the bathroom before you enter! Trust me, you don’t want to know what their washrooms are like. The smell still haunts me. YUK!
We spent a couple of hours enjoying the beach and then we went on the search of the “abandoned castle”.
There was a photo I saw on Instagram from another Toronto blogger of this charming little pink castle and I was immediately intrigued. So I asked her where it was and she gave me “rough” directions.
By rough, I mean they were kind of vague because she just happened to come across it and there wasn’t really an official “address”. It was sort of in the middle of a field, on the side of a road.
Nevertheless, I was determined to find it. My hubby and I had fun searching for it the old-fashioned way. Our GPS wasn’t working for some reason in that area, so all we had to go on was the notes I saved from the other blogger!
But, when we finally found it, it was so much more rewarding. We felt pretty proud of ourselves. There wasn’t much to it, just a cute little, abandoned building. However, it felt adventurous to search for it, so it made our day.
This was one of my favourite days of the summer. I highly encourage you to visit Elora if you get a chance. If you don’t live here, explore your own area to find charming towns to visit :)