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 trip. Please consider a walking retreat experience: SIDEROAD SAUNTER - Saturday, Sept. 14

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 5-7 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.


  • Friday,July 12 - Sunday, July 14


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.


  • Early Bird: $200 / person - due on or before April 30

  • Regular: $230/ person - due after May 1

  • *note refund policy in registration form below

What’s Included

  • 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.


Name *
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Yes, I'm over the age of 18 *
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I am in good physical condition and am able to walk the distance. *
Please note the distance described above. If you are unsure, please consult with your physician before you register.
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Yes, I will have the following gear for our pilgrimage *
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Not able to make a full weekend walking pilgrimage?

No problem. Check out the “The Sideroad Saunter”, a unique, half-day, mindful walking experience on Saturday, September 14.