There were six of us who went tubing at Elora Gorge Grand River that spans two kilometers of flowing rapids, calm whirlpool, verdant trees, high limestone cliffs, wild flowers, rocky bumps and a cascading waterfall.
Yes, there were six of us but only one came out unscathed—and that’s me. They’ve got bruises, they fell and stuck in a whirlpool. But, I came out flawless as ever. LOL… Well, all of us were stuck in some whirlpools at some point and we had to flap our arms like we were paddling a canoe. In what seemed to be a 45-minute tube ride, we actually spent an hour and a half, bidding our time in calm waters and stopping once to revel in the grace of a cascading waterfall with a freezing temperature.
Was my tubing experience dangerous? Nah, not really. Most of the time, I enjoyed my ride, looking up the cliffs that resemble like concrete fortress, basking in the sun, admiring the scenery and feeling the calmness of the water flow. And of course, taking photos. Sometimes, I deliberately just float in deep, calm gorges while waiting for the others who were still upstream, struggling and paddling their arms so they could go back to the gushing currents and glide their way down the river.
This is where we started. One side is unperturbed and the other side is bursting with white water.
Downstream, a host of spectators are waiting right by the strong river current that goes a bit deep down—perhaps, to see our fall, laugh at it and take embarrassing photos worthy of a ransom money.
And so, our tube ride begins….
Excitement is all over. In double Vs. Arms and legs up in the air.
It’s just the beginning but camwhoring is already extreme.
And then, the rapids are getting stronger…
Bracing ourselves for the impending struggle is mandatory.
And then, there’s a time when poise and grace is nothing but vain. You gotta hold on tight no matter what. To save yourself from embarrassment. Or, for sure, to save your life.
But some people hold on tight to each other….
….. assure each other and plunge together into the abyss of a raging water.
And there’s one who isn’t lucky enough to save her fall from grace.
…… and there follows…her silence.
And in some form of miracle, she survives! Hallelujiah!
One guy is composed. He’s not hysterical when faced with a challenge.
And in one final moment of struggle, shouting at the top of your lungs helps a lot.
Like real life, a smile comes after a storm.
And then, we move on to our individual journey.
Sometimes, we stop by for the beauty of the scenery or for a much-needed rest.
On, we move again.
Taking it slow, keeping it real.
And before we know it, we’ve crossed the finish line.
For Tubing at Elora Gorge experience, click this website. It’s an hour and a half ride by car from Toronto.
How much? The rental for the tube, life jacket and helmet costs $28, including tax. A deposit of $75 is a must. On busy weekends, it is advisable to come early as tubes are limited.
You can also go camping around the Grand River Conservation Area.
P.S. Some of these photos aren’t mine. They are taken by friends and a friend of a friend.