GRCA playgrounds and tubing to reopen on long weekend

ELORA – Tubing will resume on the long weekend at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area.

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will also reopen parks on Aug. 1.

“We conduct annual safety inspections of the playground equipment within our parks,” stated conservation areas manager Pam Pam Walther-Mabee, in a July 30 press release from the GRCA.

“Due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic on our operations, these inspections were delayed and playgrounds were expected to remain closed in 2020,”

However, GRCA officials reviewed that decision, Walther-Mabee added, and staff have conducted inspections so the GRCA is “pleased to be able to offer another amenity for visitors in our parks this year.”

Officials are stressing the following guidelines are in place for playgrounds:

  • parks continue to operate at a reduced capacity so sanitization of playground equipment is not possible;
  • playground activity is at the risk of the user and should be supervised closely by caregivers;
  • users must maintain physical distancing and ensure their hands are washed or sanitized before and after use; and
  • signs will remind visitors of health and safety considerations.


Visitors will need to purchase tickets for tubing online in advance of arriving at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. This includes equipment rentals if needed.

GRCA officials say the following guidelines apply to tubing:

  • hours are 10am to 6pm daily, with the last equipment rental at 4pm (rented equipment must be returned by 7pm on the same day);
  • park admission is separate, and must be paid upon entry at the gate;
  • tubing fees are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for any reason after the order transaction is completed online;
  • tubing takes place on a natural river, and it may shut down without notice.

For complete details about tubing at Elora Gorge Conservation Area, please visit the GRCA’s tubing page.