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About Irvine Creek Gorge

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This site has all the ingredients of a great waterfall outing. There is a rockbed stream, high vertical rock cliffs, a short walk from free parking, and even an historic stone staircase to the bottom. The only thing missing is a waterfall; there isn't one!

To be clear, there is a waterfall of sorts at the head of the gorge. This is what I term the Salem Cascade (see entry). Unfortunately, this cascade is only partially visible from the road.

Fortuntely, the gorge itself is accessible from a staircase near Victoria Park. The stairs lead to the base of the cliffs, but anyone wishing to continue to the river bed has to travel further downslope, over rocky and uneven ground. Careful visitors, including families, have done this safely for years.

The Irvine Creek gorge connects to the much larger and beloved Elora Gorge at a point a few hundred metres downstream. But the Irvine Creek gorge is no slouch; vertical rock walls extend 10 to 15 m above the river bed. And unlike at the Elora Gorge, visitors here are allowed to access the river bed.

This site is coded yellow because of the significant elevation changes that have to be overcome. Also, from the bottom of the stairs, the route to the creek bed crosses much uneven ground and broken rock. To be clear, there are families visiting the creek bed all the time. But visitors are warned that this is not an easy route for everyone.

Some Key Facts
Region Greater Toronto
County Wellington
Near Elora
Watercourse Irvine Creek
Watershed / % Lakes 2 / 6%
Ownership Town of Elora
Landscape Urban
Size Very Small
Type Rock Run
Modification Natural
Access Moderate
Top / Bottom Easy / Difficult
Trail conditions Steep stairs, uneven rock
Hiking Time 10 min
Coordinates 43.6829,-80.4344
Site ID WOO.WEL.006
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.