Discover Meaford

The Municipality of Meaford

What will you discover?

Meaford Hall

Located in historic downtown Meaford, the Hall is a beautifully restored and renovated century old landmark. Meaford Hall is a four season destination where you can check out live theatre, music, films, and an art gallery. The 336 seat Opera House has hosted performers such as Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Brent Butt, Burton Cummings, the Strumbellas and more in just the last few years. Meaford Hall is also the location of the Visitor Centre where you can discover even more to do in the area.

Meaford Waterfront

The Meaford waterfront is one of the area’s most stunning and active. It’s not just where our marina is located, but it’s also home to newly renovated public washrooms, a splash pad, seasonal farmers market, various beaches, volleyball courts, the Meaford Museum, playgrounds and where many local events take place. It’s also the starting point for two multi use trails, the Georgian Trail which follows the former rail line all the way to Collingwood, while the Tom Thomson trail travels from Fred Raper Park to the City of Owen Sound.

Meaford Memorial Park

Memorial Park is a picturesque park and campground boasting 468 metres of beautiful shoreline on Georgian Bay. It features many amenities including full service campground facilities, public washrooms, two pavilion shelters, playground areas, beachfront, mini-golf course, woodland walking trails and ample free parking.

The campground is open from the first weekend in May until the week after Thanksgiving. A pet-friendly environment, a portion of the beach is dedicated for dog use and during the off-season our furry friends have full run of the park.

Meaford Big Red Chair Tour

Meaford’s Big Red Chair tour is the best way in which to see the whole Municipality. These oversized muskoka chairs were made in partnership with the students at the Georgian Bay Community School. There are ten locations to visit, each with its own local history story to tell and a great photo opportunity. The tour takes you from urban Meaford, to Coffin Ridge, Fox Harley Davidson, Bognor Marsh, Irish Mountain Lookout and more.

Meaford Icons

The history of Meaford and North America has been shaped by three historic figures who once called the Municipality of Meaford home. The village of Leith was where renowned Canadian Artist and friend of the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson spent his childhood as a young artist inspired by the beauty of Georgian Bay. Tom is buried at the Leith Church and his boyhood home is only a short distance away.

Beautiful Joe was a real dog from the Town of Meaford who had been cruelly abused by his former master. While living with his new family, he met author Margaret Marshall Saunders who was so taken aback by Joe’s story that she wrote a book about it that went on to sell over a million copies more than 125 years ago. Joe’s struggles helped to change society’s attitudes towards animal abuse and Joe now has a whole park dedicated to him and other animal friends to ensure his legacy lives on.

American John Muir is the final Icon who once lived in the Municipality of Meaford. Moving to Meaford during the American Civil war, John Muir was a naturalist, author and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness. John returned to the United States where he helped form the Sierra Club and is known as the father of the United States National Park system.

Pet Friendly Meaford

Meaford is not only home to Canada’s most famous dog, Beautiful Joe, but it’s quickly gaining the reputation as the best place to take your dog on vacation. Meaford is blessed with a love of dogs, and that’s seen through our various pet friendly businesses and numerous events and activities. Meaford has dedicated specific swimming areas for dogs at Memorial Park, pet friendly trails, an off-leash park and a whole park dedicated to Beautiful Joe. The 8.5 acre park includes a bronze statue of Joe, monuments to the 9/11 rescue dogs, services dogs and K9 police dogs. The private home in which Joe was rescued to still stands today beside the park along the Big Head River.

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Contact a Tourism Specialist

Local : 705-445-7722
Toll Free: 1-888-227-8667

 


info@southgeorgianbay.ca

Check out all ten locations below, and start your Big Red Chair tour today!

Location: 12 Nelson Street East, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: meaford.ca/en/explore-play/big-red-chairs.aspxPhone: 519-538-1060 ext. 1201

Memorial Park is one of the region's only waterfront campgrounds, with a portion being a dog-friendly beach.

Location: 179 Grant Ave, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: https://www.meaford.ca/parks-a-trails/memorial-park.html

Beautiful Joe Park is a peaceful and serene 8.5 acre parcel of Parkland on the banks of the picturesque Big Head River in Meaford.

Location: 162 Edwin Street, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: beautifuljoe.org/Phone: 519-538-5895

Running through woodland, across streams and even vast meadows, this trail offers beautiful scenery and an easy stroll through the wilderness.

Location: 170 Edwin St, Meaford, ON N4L 1P4, Canada

Creating Our History TOGETHER

Location: Meaford Museum, 111 Bayfield Street, Meaford, Ontario, CanadaWebsite: meaford.ca/meaford-museum.htmlPhone: 519-538-5974

Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, located in historic downtown Meaford, is a beautifully restored and renovated century old landmark.

Location: 12 Nelson St E, Meaford, ON N4L 1N6, CanadaWebsite: http://meafordhall.ca/Phone: 1.877.538.0463

Explore, Dine, Stay

Destinations in Meaford

Meaford is a four-season playground that has it all!

Tom Thomson Trail

The Tom Thomson Trail is a 3-season hiking, cycling and horseback riding route between Meaford and Owen Sound.

Location: 73 Saunders St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 0G5, CanadaWebsite: www.tomthomsontrail.com

Rocklyn Inn B&B

The Rocklyn Inn B&B is an ideal location in the Grey Highlands and Georgian Bay area. Minutes from the Bruce Trail with breathtaking views.

Location: Rocklyn Inn Bed & Breakfast, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: www.rocklyninn.ca/Phone: (905) 440-6300

Irish Mountain Lookout

This lookout is the perfect picnic stop with facilities and is located just outside of Meaford, overlooking the countryside filled with apple orchards and the Nottawasaga Bay.

Location: 265669 Side Rd 25, Annan, ON N0H 1B0, Canada

Scenic Drives

BEAVER VALLEY TOUR Head south on County Road 124 from Collingwood. Turn right on to County Road 4, drive through the country side and then

Location: 244 Beech St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 2T4, Canada

Meaford Big Red Chair Tour

Check out all ten locations below, and start your Big Red Chair tour today!

Location: 12 Nelson Street East, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: meaford.ca/en/explore-play/big-red-chairs.aspxPhone: 519-538-1060 ext. 1201

Memorial Park

Memorial Park is one of the region's only waterfront campgrounds, with a portion being a dog-friendly beach.

Location: 179 Grant Ave, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: https://www.meaford.ca/parks-a-trails/memorial-park.html

Paddle Away in South Georgian Bay

Paddling in the waters of South Georgian Bay!

This is Apple Country

The South Georgian Bay region is perfect for apple growing. The valley on either side of the Beaver River protects SGB from severe weather.

Location: 45 Saint Paul Street, Collingwood, ON, Canada

Fred Raper Park

Located along the shoreline of Georgian Bay, with many amenities including two public beach areas and free parking.

Location: Fred Raper Park, 207 Bayfield St, Meaford, ON N4L 1N4, Canada

McCarroll Park

McCarroll Park is the heart of family fun in Meaford, Ontario. This park offers a lot of open green space, a splash pad, playground equipment and more!

Location: 210 Parker Street East, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: https://www.meaford.ca/communityservices/parksandfacilities/parks.htmlPhone: 519-538-1060 ext. 1401

Ride On!

Bicycling routes, tours & rentals. South Georgian Bay is a bike lover’s paradise, whether you’re a roadie or a mountain biking adventurer.

Location: 73 Saunders St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 0G5, Canada

The Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. South Georgian Bay has some of the best sections of The Bruce Trail and is home to three different sections: The Blue Mountains section, The Beaver Valley section and Sydenham section.

Bayview Escarpment Nature Reserve

Bayview Escarpment Provincial Nature Reserve Trail Total Distance: 5km Difficulty: Easy - moderate Access Points: Sydenham/ St. Vincent

Location: Bayview Escarpment Provincial Nature Reserve, Owen Sound, ON, Canada

Birding

Birding, the simple pleasures of a gentle hike through the woods and along the river banks of the Georgian Triangle, where the flash of

Location: 244 Beech St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 2T4, Canada

Your Guide to Fishing in South Georgian Bay

Everything you need to know about fishing in the area

Location: Collingwood, ON, Canada

Dog-Friendly Places

Pet-friendly beaches, accommodation & leash-free parks

Location: Ontario P0T, Canada

Beautiful Joe Park

Beautiful Joe Park is a peaceful and serene 8.5 acre parcel of Parkland on the banks of the picturesque Big Head River in Meaford.

Location: 162 Edwin Street, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: beautifuljoe.org/Phone: 519-538-5895

Local Parks

A full list of the local parks in South Georgian Bay

Location: 45 Saint Paul Street, Collingwood, ON, Canada

Meaford Farmers' Market

Goods that you will find at the Meaford Farmers' Market include: Fresh, Seasonal Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs, Premium meats, and more!

Location: Meaford Harbour, Saint Vincent Street, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: https://www.meafordfarmersmarket.ca/

Trout Hollow Trail

Running through woodland, across streams and even vast meadows, this trail offers beautiful scenery and an easy stroll through the wilderness.

Location: 170 Edwin St, Meaford, ON N4L 1P4, Canada

Tobogganing in South Georgian Bay

All the hot tobogganing spots in South Georgian Bay

Location: Highlands Nordic, Duntroon, ON, Canada

The Georgian Trail

The Georgian Trail is a former Northern Railway route that stretches over 34 km from Collingwood to Meaford. It makes a for a leisurely hike.

Snowshoeing & Wine Tasting

Enjoy snowshoeing followed by wine tasting!

Location: 244 Beech St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 2T4, Canada

Meaford Museum

Creating Our History TOGETHER

Location: Meaford Museum, 111 Bayfield Street, Meaford, Ontario, CanadaWebsite: meaford.ca/meaford-museum.htmlPhone: 519-538-5974

Meaford Golf & Country Club

Meaford Golf & Country Club is 18 holes of challenging golf, mature trees, ponds, creeks and lots of hills. This mature 18 hole golf course first opened in 1934.

Location: Meaford Golf Course, 408 Ridge Rd, Meaford, ON N4L 1L8, CanadaWebsite: meafordgolf.comPhone: (519) 538-1400

Coffin Ridge Winery

A boutique winery overlooking Georgian Bay that produces high quality, small batch wine made primarily from hand-planted, hand-picked grapes.

Location: Coffin Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Concession Road 2 North, Annan, ON, CanadaWebsite: coffinridge.caPhone: 519-371-9565

Memorial Park Campground

Memorial Park in Meaford is a picturesque park and campground boasting 468 metres of beautiful shoreline on Georgian Bay.

Location: Meaford Memorial Park, 179 Grant Av, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: meaford.ca/parks-a-trails/memorial-park.htmlPhone: 519-538-1060 ext.1402 / 519-538-2530 or 1-800-399-6323

Grandma Lambe's

For over fifty years, Grandma Lambe's has been serving the area with old fashioned hospitality and the best home baking anywhere.

Location: Grandma Lambes, Ontario 26, Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: grandmalambes.comPhone: (519) 538-2757

Meaford Hall

Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, located in historic downtown Meaford, is a beautifully restored and renovated century old landmark.

Location: 12 Nelson St E, Meaford, ON N4L 1N6, CanadaWebsite: http://meafordhall.ca/Phone: 1.877.538.0463

Meaford Film Festival

4 Nights, 4 Films, 4 Parties & 4 Dinners on Labour Day Weekend

Location: 12 Nelson St E, Meaford, ON N4L 1N6, CanadaWebsite: https://meafordfilmfest.ca/Phone: 1.877.538.0463

Meaford

The shore of Georgian Bay is speckled with interesting towns and sights to see. Meaford is one of these towns.

Location: Meaford, ON, CanadaWebsite: https://www.meaford.ca/tourism/Phone: 1-877-538-0463

Ice Skating

Skate on outdoor rinks, skate trails and indoor rinks throughout the region.  Here's a list of current times you can get out and skate.

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