When: Meet up at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area for 10 AM (meet up at QE Park at 9 AM for the car pool option). How to get there, take the QEW to Grimsby, get off at highway 12, go south to Ridge Road west, turn right and go west to Quarry Road and follow the signs go Beamer Memorial Con...
When: Meet up at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area for 10 AM (meet up at QE Park at 9 AM for the car pool option). How to get there, take the QEW to Grimsby, get off at highway 12, go south to Ridge Road west, turn right and go west to Quarry Road and follow the signs go Beamer Memorial Conservation Area and park by the tower. Upper Beamer falls is a short hike away and is a ramp waterfall. Other highlights include the potential sighting for hawks and turkey vultures, hiking along the local trails and landscape photography overlooking Grimsby and Lake Ontario. They have a couple of bird feeders setup. The tower is used daily by the Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch organization. The link below can show you the current counts by species. Cost: Free What to take: Sturdy footwear, hiking boots or shoes. Bug spray (it’s mosquito season) Sunscreen A good tripod Wide angle or normal lens for falls and landscape Long telephoto for birds and wildlife Neutral Density filters, an ND8 or ND10 will slow the shutter speed to give you that silky water look at 200 or 100 ISO (depending on camera brand). For further information please visit: Beamer Falls Conservation Area http://www.niagaragreenbelt.com/listings/73-natural-habitats-a-features/631-upper-beamer-falls.html Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch Bird Counts http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/ytd.php
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Meet in the historic limestone village of Elora, a noted tourist attraction, with a famous waterfall called the Tooth of Time, overlooked by an old mill, numerous small shops and art galleries. Located on the Grand River, the Elora Mill is Ontario's only remaining five-story m...9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Meet in the historic limestone village of Elora, a noted tourist attraction, with a famous waterfall called the Tooth of Time, overlooked by an old mill, numerous small shops and art galleries. Located on the Grand River, the Elora Mill is Ontario's only remaining five-story mill and has been renovated as a prestigious inn and restaurant. Elora is also famous for its unique shops and its quaint cafes and restaurants, which lie along the river's scenic edge.
An option available to the more adventurous will be to photograph the spectacular Elora Gorge at the western edge of the village, adjacent to the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. At the eastern end of the village is the Elora Quarry Conservation Area, including a scenic former limestone quarry.
2:00 - 4:00 PM - Culinary Tour “Optional”
Previous OCC events sold out, so book early and come join us for a guided stroll through the streets of historic Elora and enjoy the culinary delights found there. During the Culinary Tour you will sample specially created dishes at various locally owned and operated restaurants and shops while learning about the history and architecture of the area. This organized walking tour brings together food, history and architecture in a unique and fun way.
Cost: $25.00 (including taxes)
Tour Capacity Limit: 20 people
Tour Details: http://eloraculinarywalkingtour.com/
9:00 AM at the Visitor information Centre on East Mill Street, Elora
Local free parking is available.
For those wishing to explore the gorge, entry into the Elora Gorge Conservation Area may be required, with day-use access fees of $6.50 per person being applicable.
What to Wear:
With spring weather upon us, we suggest a layered approach to your clothing, as it may be cooler in the morning, and warming up as the day goes on. Wear comfortable and supportive footwear, i.e. hiking shoes/boots are highly recommended if you plan to venture down into the Elora Gorge.
What to Bring:
Water, camera, wide angle and telephoto/zoom lenses, filters, memory cards, tripod or monopod. Bear in mind this is an urban walk so it pays to plan your gear choices accordingly.
What to Expect:
Since this Outing is geared more to an urban walk, it is not considered difficult, however, depending on your interests, and level of adventure, hiking down into the Elora Gorge will present you with more challenging terrain.
Optional - Guided CulinaryTour of Elora
Rain or shine, you will be lead through 5 samplings of; olive oils and vinegars at The Village Olive Grove, coffee and treats at Ashanti Coffee Shop, homemade delights at Lost and Found Cafe’ pastries at E&G Pastry & Fine Cakes, and excite your senses at Neob Lavender Boutique.