Glamping at Irvineside Farm in beautiful Elora, Ontario.

About Us

Irvineside Farm is a historic homestead, circa. 1860, nestled on the outskirts of the rural landscape of Elora, surrounded by farms and wide-open fields. The farmhouse stands proudly atop the hill overlooking the natural heritage of the property.

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Historic farmhouse, circa. 1860, home to the hosts of Irvineside Farm, Elora.

Ideally located just few kilometres from the historic towns of Elora and Fergus, it is the perfect place for adventure simply by geography. The Elora Gorge, the Elora Quarry, Belwood Lake and the Grand River are just minutes away. That’s prime fishing, including some of the best fly-fishing locales in Ontario, kayaking, tubing through the Elora Gorge, rock climbing, ice climbing, canoeing, cultural events and shopping (an extreme sport) are all here.

Irvineside Farm was the perfect place to launch an adventure, and rest afterwards too. That’s why the adventure company CK Maggs Adventures, (owned by sisters-in-law Cathy and Kathy Maggs) invested in creating a unique adult adventure camp. Kayakers and cyclists set out to experience the natural environment that surrounds this special place. Locals know the best spots and CK Maggs successfully lead groups to places and spaces that made their experience truly unique.

Irvineside Farm also welcomed weddings for a few seasons, which is another adventure altogether. Seeing love stories begin here has been truly special, but moving forward, it’s time to get back to the land and natural heritage of the site.

As a new season begins, CK Maggs Adventures have welcomed a new crew to take on the day-to-day operations of this special place.

Kelly Waterhouse and Bruce Taylor are locals too. Bruce is a retired carpenter who spent two decades commuting from Elora to Toronto to work on major GTA construction projects. Happy to end that commute, but not quite ready to hang-up the tool-belt, he was keen for a new adventure. A certified country-boy, he also longed for wide-open spaces.

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Kelly Waterhouse & Bruce Taylor, the new hosts of Irvineside Farm. After more than 20 years in Elora/Fergus, they love where they live and it shows. This photo was taken in summer 2022, where the pair were proud volunteers at Riverfest Elora.
Photo by Davide Greene

Kelly is a well-known writer/columnist/journalist, having worked in both print and broadcast media in our community for two decades. She is the writer of an annual tourism publication and as such, knows her way around Fergus and Elora. An extrovert, she is keen to share the best places to experience the arts and cultural activities here. She knows her pubs and restaurants, and loves the natural places, the trails and the landmarks that make Fergus and Elora unique.

We love where we live and we think you’ll understand why when you experience it for yourself. There is something special about Irvineside Farm. There is something special about the historic towns of Elora and Fergus. But don’t take our word for it. Come experience it for yourself.

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We’ll see you this summer at the end of this driveway!

6783 Gerrie Road, Elora, ON N0B 1S0