This was a first warm May week after long winter and these Mennonite women were sitting and talking in the Grand River for a long, long time. I guess they MUST BE used to cold water!!
It was a large group, some were sitting on the river bank and singing in perfect effortless harmony. In the Gorge it sounded probably better, than anywhere else!
Elora area has a substantial Mennonite population.
Many different structures have spanned the Irvine Gorge at this location beginning in 1819 with the old Indian log bridge. In 1848 David Foote, John Cattanock and Sailor James Gairns built what was heralded as the first cantilever bridge in North America. The magnificent pier which supports the present bridge was built in 1868 by Charles Lawrence, one of Elora's early stonemasons. Saved from demolition and re-build in 2002.