Carved into the limestone banks of the Gorge, Templin Gardens and its steps leading down to the Grand River is just minutes away from the vibrant downtown of Fergus, yet the perfect spot for a quiet connection with the natural history surrounding you.
Visit the one place in Victorian time Fergus where public displays of affection were tolerated. Legend has it that to be kissed while seated on this stane would inevitably bring good luck. Next to the stane is now a locally forged iron sculpture where you can lock in your love with your own padlock.
Our spirit of place is strong, and the telling of it can be found in the Wellington County Museum and Archives. Standing like the hilltop sentinel between Elora and Fergus, the museum is the jewel in our heritage crown and a welcome rest stop on the Elora Cataract Trailway.
“…. the 19th century village of Elora was built by Scottish stonemasons at a time when water power was harnessed to run mills and small industries. Many of the historic limestone structures of that era survive in the heart of Elora, put to new use housing shops, galleries and restaurants. That variety makes this community an ideal destination for family outings.”
– Leslie Papp/Toronto Star
Both Fergus and Elora have downtowns steeped in history that is reflected in the limestone buildings that house businesses that are as unique as the towns themselves.
Located in Elora’s Victoria Park, this was the first pedestrian staircase to the Bottomlands and Irvine River to facilitate Elora’s 19th century tourism and provide access for Gorge-based activities.
Learn more about our rich history:
Wellington County Museum & Archives Website Elora Cataract TrailwayPlan Your Visit
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