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Grand River Raceway and the GrandWay Events Centre | Things to do in Elora

The Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ontario, is most famous for its racing events throughout the summer and fall. But it offers much more all year round!

Elora's Grand River Raceway is home to harness racing (also known as "standardbred" racing.) When you attend a race night at the raceway, you can watch the races on the track, bet on them using one of their self-serve machines, or visit one of their tellers inside the building. The Elements Casino offers over 500 electronic gaming slots. If you feel like taking a chance, then there's plenty of opportunity for fun!

Can't forget the food. There are two onsite restaurants and food trucks during the racing season.

Enjoy a show and some food from the GrandWay Kitchen at the GrandWay Lounge. In 2019, The GrandWay Events Centre opened and is a great space to host your event or corporate function.

They also present ticketed comedy and variety shows throughout the year. You'll find lots to see and do at Elora Grand River Raceway.

Let's take a look at what Elora's raceway has to offer!

The Village of Elora

Elora is a charming town in Ontario located in Wellington County, just north of Guelph, Elora is situated on the Grand River and was originally settled in 1832.

When you go to Elora, the first thing you should know is that it's small--the population is under 10,000--and it's a popular tourist destination. Especially during the summer months, Elora draws visitors looking for a quaint escape from city life.

If you're visiting Elora & Fergus for the first time, there are several things that you should check out!

Grand River Raceway Elora

Grand River Raceway is a seasonal racing facility, but the Elements Casino is open year-round. The GrandWay Events Centre also hosts events throughout the year. If you're looking for fun things to do in Elora, the Grand River Raceway is a popular attraction for many visitors.

Grand River Raceway hosts live harness racing (also known as Standardbred), on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday nights from June until September. They frequently have extra special events on race nights. In addition to all this exciting activity, Grand River Raceway has an on-site restaurant with delicious food and full bar service.

Whether you are looking for a place to host your next corporate event or birthday party or simply enjoy some live horse racing action with friends, family or your significant other - there is something at Grand River Raceway for everyone!

Elements Casino & Slots

The Elements Casino at the Grand River Raceway offers slots and electronic table games 24/7. There are more than 500 slot machines to choose from penny to five-dollar machines, you'll find them here.

It's an ideal place for practicing your game strategy before watching one of the races.

The GrandWay Events Centre

The GrandWay Events Centre is the perfect place for your next event. Whether your event is large or small, indoor or outdoor, the GrandWay Events Centre offers you an ideal space for your event! The GrandWay Kitchen is also open year-round and has fresh baked goods or a meal-to-go.

Take a tour of The GrandWay at Grand River Raceway:

Restaurant & Buffet Options

The Grand River Raceway has two dining options.

  • The GrandWay Lounge is a pub-style restaurant with a casual atmosphere and big-screen TVs showing the racing action. The restaurant's menu is pub fare, fries and burgers are their specialties! There's a lot of space to spread out and relax on the lounge's couches while enjoying a beverage or snack as you watch the races. It's steps away from the track, and easy to walk outside and watch the horses up close!

  • Buffet dining in Captain's Quarters. Located on the second floor, guests can enjoy views through large windows overlooking the track.

Due to COVID buffet dining may be closed. Be sure to check the official website for up-to-date dining options and restrictions.

There are also food trucks available during all race dates for something quick!

Events & Schedule

There are many events held throughout the year at the Grand River Raceway and GrandWay Events Centre.

To stay up to date on what's coming up at Elora's Grand River Raceway, check out their event schedule (link below.) Events are open to the public, parking is free, so come on over with your family for some excitement!

▶️Visit the Grand River Raceway Event Listing:

The GrandWay Events Centre is a new event space that hosts events for the public throughout the year, you can see their event listing here:

Elora Raceway Food Trucks

During your visit, you'll surely want to grab a bite. Thankfully, the Elora Raceway boasts a variety of food trucks that stop by seasonally. Another option and convenience!

There is plenty of free parking on-site for a snack and some events.

Grand River Agricultural Society

The non-profit Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) owns and operates the Grand River Racew and The GrandWay Events Centre and is dedicated to supporting the local community.

Its mission is to promote agriculture and contribute to agricultural, environmental and educational endeavours within the area. They also support local community events by providing bursaries, scholarships and grants, and donations.

Visit the Grand River Agricultural Society

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Takeaway: The Grand River Raceway has something for everyone!

The Grand River Raceway is a gem of a location. Located in the scenic village of Elora, it's a breath of fresh air from a busy workday and the perfect blend of entertainment and relaxation.

The Raceway has something for everyone! If you're looking for a good time, visit Elora's Grand River Raceway today!

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