Pilgrimage in Ontario on the Elora-Cataract Trail
“The sacred art of pilgrimage is not about escapism or avoiding problems or forgetting where we come from. Rather, the way of the pilgrim is essentially about fostering greater connection between our pasts, our presents, and our futures.”
SOLD OUT! We have filled this pilgrimage retreat. Please consider another beautiful walking retreat called “The Sideroad Saunter”.
The Elora-Catarct Trail is a 50km trail located in one of the prettiest areas of southwestern Ontario. The trail rolls through forest and farmland, and is a perfect place to slow down so you can wake up to what your soul is saying to you. The terrain is flat and perfect for most pilgrims.
Group size is 7 people. This trip is perfect for singles, couples, or a weekend get-away with friends. We will be walking some of the time together, and some of the time on our own. And, we’ll walk rain or shine!
The entire pilgrimage route will be supported and walked by Christa as she offers helpful tools to reflect on your life and gain insight into what your soul is wanting to say to you.
Dates & Costs for the next pilgrimage coming soon.
Day 1 - Friday evening
Consider spending the day before we meet exploring the iconic Elora Gorge & local artisans.
We will meet at 6:30pm and begin our pilgrimage by savouring a gorgeous evening together.
We’ll start off easy and enjoy a 8 km stroll from Fergus to Elora ending at one of Elora’s pubs for a drink and debrief.
Day 2 - Saturday
Today is our longest day at 22 km. We’ll start early and take our time strolling through two charming villages (Erin & Hillsburgh) as we make our way from Cataract to Orton.
You can spend any free time you have after walking in the afternoon exploring Fergus and Elora, or cool off and swim in Elora’s Quarry.
Then, back on a gorgeous 2-acre country retreat property, enjoy a home-cooked meal together chalk-full of local, organic ingredients, and some time around a camp-fire sharing insights about your pilgrimage journey thus far.
Day 3 - Sunday
With 20 km remaining of the trail, today we will begin where we left off yesterday, in Orton, and then make our way through Belwood Lake Conservation and finishing in Fergus. We’ll wrap up our pilgrimage in the afternoon with hearty snacks and refreshing beverages before saying goodbye.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of places to stay locally including hotels, campgrounds, and AirBnb’s. You’ll be responsible for booking your own accommodations in the Elora/Fergus area.
transportation to and from trail heads on all three days
pre-trip support to help you prepare well for your pilgrimage (includes resources, walking tips to get you ready to walk the distance, etc.)
on-the-trail contemplative practices and personal support to help you reflect while you walk
group debrief sessions during each day of walking
delicious snacks and water for the trail all three days
trail lunch on Saturday and Sunday
Saturday evening home-cooked feast while we continue to debrief our experience
refreshments around the bonfire on Saturday evening (this is an optional activity)
**Does not include accommodations, Friday evening drinks/snacks at the pub or Saturday & Sunday breakfast.
If you have any questions before registering, do not hesitate to contact Christa.
Land Acknowledgment: The pilgrimage is operating in privilege on the traditional homeland of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee nations. We give thanks to and acknowledge the many Indigenous Peoples who call this region home. We hold with us in this space the recognition of the violence committed in the name of God against the Indigenous Peoples of this land, our fellow image bearers of God, as we work and pray for shalom. Today, this area is home to many indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we acknowledge the Mississaugas of the Credit.