Culture & Heritage
Conservation of cultural heritage is an integral part of the Township’s commitment to providing a unique, livable and prosperous community for its residents both now and in the future. Centre Wellington is home to many heritage homes and buildings which have been preserved from the community’s early beginnings. Many of these beautiful limestone buildings are located in the downtown cores and are home to local businesses, unique shops, artisan studios, café’s & restaurants.
Centre Wellington’s arts and culture are well-known both locally and globally. Each year, the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland games draws thousands of visitors to a 3-day celebration of its local Scottish roots. Riverfest, a music festival in Elora showcases many big-name musicians and has become an anticipated event each summer. The area is also home to many talented artists, who share their work with visitors by offering studio tours and classes for those who want to try their hand at many creative techniques.
The Bigger Picture
Known for its natural beauty, Centre Wellington offers many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The Elora Gorge is one of the most picturesque areas in Southern Ontario offering stunning views of limestone cliffs which overlook the Irvine and Grand rivers. Belwood Lake provides residents the opportunity to enjoy many activities year-round such as fishing, water skiing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The Township also offers 47 kilometers of scenic walking trails, such as the Cataract Trailway which weaves its way through the community enabling stunning views of parks, farmland and the rivers that connect them.
Centre Wellington offers residents the ability to walk or bike to many local amenities. Access larger cities such as Guelph in less than 20 minutes, Kitchener-Waterloo in 25 - 30 minutes and Toronto in under 2 hours.
Centre Wellington is part of both the Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic School Board. James McQueen and J.D. Hogarth offer French Immersion education in the community. There are also private school options such as the Montessori School of Elora and the Maranatha Christian School in Fergus.
Sports & Recreation
Minor sports, as well as many adult leagues, both recreational and competitive are offered for sports such as hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and tennis, making Centre Wellington a great area for families that put sports and recreation in high priority. The Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex is a modern facility which features two arenas, a swimming pool, gymnasium and workout facility offering programming to residents of all ages.
Community Care & Housing
Centre Wellington is home to Groves Memorial Community Hospital. It provides excellent health care in the community and will be rebuilt and open at its new location in Aboyne in 2019. The Upper Grand Family Health Team, comprised of a team of 27 family physicians at 8 locations throughout the area provide their patients with access to quality primary health care.
The housing market in Centre Wellington offers something for everyone, from century homes on tree lined streets, single family homes, townhouses in newer subdivisions, various condominiums and apartments as well as country properties in a rural setting. There is surely an opportunity for buyers to find a home that suits their ideal lifestyle.
With its world-class arts community, thriving sports and cultural scene, accessible parks, and recreation opportunities as well as access to quality healthcare, schools, and retirement communities, Centre Wellington truly offers something for those who call it home!
Community Info & Links
- Elora Public School
- St. Mary Catholic School
- Montessori School of Elora
- Victoria Terrace Public School
- John Black Public School
- James McQueen Public School (French Immersion offered)
- J D Hogarth Public School (French Immersion offered)
- St. Joseph Catholic School
- Alma Public School
- Centre Wellington District High School
- St. James Catholic High School
- Our Lady of Lourdes High School
- Elora Centre for the Arts
- Elora Community Theatre
- Elora Farmer’s Market
- Elora Gorge Conservation Area
- Elora Quarry Conservation Area
- Highland Rugby Club
- Fergus ELora Distict Soccer
- Royal Canadian Legion
- Upper Grand Family Health Team
- Wellington County Public Library
- Wellington County Museum and Archives