With the return of the autumn season, gone are the hot and humid days of summer. Less humid, more comfortable weather has returned to Ontario. Some days are still warm and others are cool and crisp. Throw on a jacket and it's the perfect seasons for corporate groups to meet surrounded by the fall foliage. Elora, just 72 miles / 116 km from Toronto, is one of the best places to do this.
In just a 1-1/2 hour drive, you'll find yourself in a picturesque village with shoppes, boutiques, art galleries, and fashionable eateries. Some of the best finds include sheepskin and leather goods shoppe, a natural food emporium and grocer, home decor shoppes, and antique stores.
Things to do in the area include culinary tours, scavenger hunts, camping, kayaking, and hiking. Thrill seekers can try rappelling, hot air ballooning, tubing, and even ziplining across the Elora Gorge.
The Sensational Elora Festival now organizes events throughout the year including Pumpkin Day, a Soup Off, and the Monster March Parade in October.
The Elora Festival Singers put on choral music concerts throughout the year. At the Elora Centre for the Arts, groups can browse as they enjoy works of art by local artists or arrange art, storytelling and songwriting workshops.
The Elora Mill Inn is still closed for renovation but its a great photo opportunity. It's scheduled to re-open in 2017. In the meantime, small groups can stay at Drew House with 6 private rooms in a converted coach house from the 1850s or The Flying Leap, a pet-friendly heritage residence with 4 quaint rooms decorated with antique furniture. Cooking classes are available onsite.
Larger groups can stay at the Best Western Plus in nearby Fergus or Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre in Guelph, just 24 minutes away.
For more quaint towns for groups to visit in Ontario consult Incentive Travel: Spotlight on Kleinburg, Ontario, Incentive Destinations: Port Perry, Ontario, Incentive Travel: Spotlight on Port Carling Muskoka, and Incentive Destinations: Stratford, Ontario, a Storybook Town for Arts Lovers.
Photo Credit: Peter Broster