Meaford offers a variety of activities and events to please any crowd, highlighting an artisan community and paying homage to our past.

Arts & Culture

Meaford Creative Arts Association

altMeaford Creative Arts Association is a non-profit organization formed to promote and showcase all the visual artists and artisans in the Meaford area. Artists meet once a month to share ideas and be creative. For more information on how to join please use the e-mail below. 
Email:mcaaartists@gmail.com


Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centrealt

Meaford Hall is the premier arts and cultural centre in Southern Georgian Bay. For nearly a century, the Hall has echoed with music, drama, and debate, serving as the political, social and cultural heart of Meaford. Newly restored, renovated and outfitted with state-of-the-art staging, the Hall is a four-season venue which hosts a wide variety of live entertainment, business events, and social gatherings. For booking or event information visit us at www.meafordhall.ca 1.877.538.0463


 Historic Leith Church

Leith United Church, an "Auld Kirk" (Church of Scotland) Presbyterian Church is one of the finest examples of pre-Confederation architecture in the area. Home of the gravesite of Tom Thomson, inspiration for the Group of Seven, this historic facility hosts many activities year-round, including four church services, a summer country fair, the Leith Summer Festival, the annual Sweetwater Music Festival, a Ceilidh and a year-round monthly fiddle jam. For more information please visit www.leithchurch.ca or call 519-371-5308.

Heritage

The Meaford Museum

The Meaford Museum

Phone: 519-538-5974
Email:meafordmuseum@meaford.ca
Address: 111 Bayfield St., Meaford, ON, N4L 1N4

Located at the picturesque Meaford Harbour, the Museum is a wonderful way to find out about the Municipality of Meaford and its rich, unique heritage. Interactive exhibits will keep the entire family enthralled as you learn about the interesting people and places that make up this small paradise. Come, look upon our past. Admission by donation.

Website:http://www.meafordmuseum.ca


Beautiful Joe Park & Beautiful Joe Heritage Society

The book “Beautiful Joe”, written in 1893 by Margaret Marshall Saunders, was the first Canadian novel to sell over a million copies. This book was based on a dog that Moore family had rescued from an abusive master in Meaford. “Beautiful Joe” was named one of Canada’s ten best children’s books. In 1963 Beautiful Joe Park was created and was designated an historical landmark by the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.

Website: http://www.beautifuljoe.org


 Historic Leith Church

Leith United Church, an "Auld Kirk" (Church of Scotland) Presbyterian Church is one of the finest examples of pre-Confederation architecture in the area. Home of the gravesite of Tom Thomson, inspiration for the Group of Seven, this historic facility hosts many activities year-round, including four church services, a summer country fair, the Leith Summer Festival, the annual Sweetwater Music Festival, a Ceilidh and a year-round monthly fiddle jam. For more information please visit www.leithchurch.ca or call 519-371-5308.


 Carl Jolley's Riding Toy Collection

A unique collection that will bring back fond childhood memories. Open by appointment or by chance, Carl provides tours of his over 400 lovingly maintained riding toys, some dating back to 1890, all in working order and some which can be ridden! Sleds, wagons, pedal cars and hand cars, tricycles, bicycles, scooters, horses, trains and sleds galore. To book an appointment phone 519-538-3200 or take a chance and stop by #158159 7th Line Meaford just south of Hwy. 26 west of the town of Meaford. Admission by donation.

Website: http://jolleyridingtoymuseum.com/


Country Backroads and Scenic Tours

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There’s an Ontario hiding not too far from the flatlands and the freeways. It can be discovered by those with a sense of adventure, willing to forgo those big green-blazed signs and wide smooth roads for the more inviting byways leading to places with names like Old Baldy, Nighthawk Valley, Frogs Hollow and Swarthmore Hall. Book Includes “The Secret Route to Meaford” as well as interesting cycling routes and Bruce Trail Access. Available at the Meaford Museum and the Visitor Information Centre in Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre.


Historic Walking Tour

A walking tour entitled "Historical Memories of Meaford - A Walking Tour", A self-guided tour highlighting the important architecturally important locations around the alt downtown corridor of Meaford. This wonderful tour, written as a partnership between the Meaford Museum and the Meaford & District Chamber of Commerce is available at the Meaford Museum for $2.00.




John Muir

altJohn Muir (1838-1914), the founder of the worldwide conservation movement and groups such as the Sierra Club, lived in Meaford from 1864-1866. He lived and worked with the Trout family in their sawmill, making rake and broom handles, until the sawmill caught fire in 1866. During his time here he roamed the area making amazing discoveries and strengthening his resolve to protect the environment. Evidence of his time in Meaford can be found by walking along Meaford’s Trout Hollow trail and by visiting the Meaford Museum.

Indoor Attractions


Christ Church Anglican Memorial Windows

stained-gl-gs38004Meaford’s Christ Church Anglican is home to one of the most original and beautiful World War II memorials in the world. Six stained glass windows are made up of some of the oldest (up to 700 years) and finest stained glass in North America with pieces of coloured glass from 125 English and Welsh bombed churches as well as some from Ireland, France, Belgium and Holland. The Memorial Windows continue to be a popular tourist stop and the church is open for viewing during the following times: July and August (Tuesday-Friday afternoons from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 10:00 am-12:00 pm). From January-June and September-December, they are open Thursday and Friday mornings from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

For more information call 519-538-1330. For guided tours or special appointments please call 519-538-3365.

 

 

 

The Meaford Museum


The Meaford Museum

Phone: 519-538-5974
Email:meafordmuseum@meaford.ca
Address: 111 Bayfield St., Meaford, ON, N4L 1N4

Located at the picturesque Meaford Harbour, the Museum is a wonderful way to find out about the Municipality of Meaford and its rich, unique heritage. Interactive exhibits will keep the entire family enthralled as you learn about the interesting people and places that make up this small paradise. Come, look upon our past. Admission by donation.

Website:http://www.meaford.ca/meaford-museum.html

Apple Pie Trail


Award winning year round culinary trail that travels throughout Grey County. Click the link below to start your culinary tourism adventure in Meaford and neighbouring Grey County communities.

 

http://www.applepietrail.ca/

 

 

Meaford Guide

 

Festivals and Events

Meaford Flea Market

The Municipality of Meaford is honoured to host the first ever Meaford Flea market. The market will be open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm throughout the summer at Meaford Market Square beside Meaford Hall. The flea market will offer a variety of products for residents of the Meaford community including Tupperware, essential oils, Avon, local artists and many more! Come out and enjoy this opportunity to hunt for a great deal or find a unique treasure.

If you are looking to become a vendor, please contact Jody Seeley at 519-538-5974 to fill out your application for the 2015 season.


 

Golden Town Cruisers Cruise Night

Over the past 20 years the Golden Town Cruisers have become a summer fixture at Meaford Harbour. Members of the group love their cars, love showing off their cars and love talking to and meeting people with similar interests. They welcome everybody in town to Cruise Nights to take a look at the classic automobiles on display. The Cruise Nights will be held every Tuesday throughout the summer at the Meaford Harbour Pavilion.


 

Meaford Farmers' Market

Come be a part of the festivities this summer under the Rotary Pavilion at the Meaford Harbour. Celebrate the 2015 Meaford Farmers' Market, Fridays 3-7pm where you will find: fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, premium meats, music and much more!


 

Sunday Evening Concerts

Friends of the Meaford Library present Sunday Evening Concerts at the Rotary Harbour Pavilion. The Concerts will be held every Sunday starting June 28th and will start at 7pm. Admission is by donation and make sure you bring your own chair!


 

Canada day Celebrations

Bring the whole family for activities and entertainment, music, arts & crafts all day long. Food and beverages will be available, and the beer garden will be open sponsored by the Meaford Rotary Club. The celebrations in Leith start on July 27th at the Leith Municipal Beach and then continue in Meaford and Bognor at the Meaford Market Square and the Bognor Community Centre respectively. 


 

Meaford Stomp

On July 4th, our beautiful Meaford Harbour Pavilion will be rocking with music from noon to 5pm. We will also have vendors with a wide assortment of products, services, demonstrations, artists and food.


 

7th Annual Wings & Wheels Festival

On July 5th, from 8am to 4pm at the Billy Bishop Airport you can walk among over 350 classic cars and over 60 visiting aircraft's. There will food available and music playing all day. Parking is free onsite and all proceeds go to rotary projects.


 

Meaford Harbour 5km run/walk/stroll

This fund raiser put on by the Meaford Hospital Foundation is a great way to stay active and give back to the community. The run/walk/stroll starts at 7:45am until 11:30am on July 11th at the Meaford Harbour Pavilion. If you would like to register online you can do so at http://www.mhfoundation.ca/events.cfm


Electric Eclectics

An festival taking place at Funny Farm on Scotch mountain where you can hear experimental music and sound art. This festival will take place July 31st until August 2nd. Every year Electric Eclectics assembles an electric program of avant-garde and crossover musicians, as well as art installations, DJ'S and films.


12th Annual Country Market

The 12th Annual Country Market will offer: seasonal produce, local crafts, writers and visual arts. This year the market will feature the "second-time around" booth, refreshments and traditional old tyme music all happening at the Leith Church on August 1st from 10am to 3pm. 


Ceilidh and Highland Concert

This year's historic Leith Church 'Highland Concert and Ceilidh' will feature 'My Sweet Patootie'. This is an outdoor concert held on the church rounds at the rear of the church, so bringing a blanket or portable chairs is advised. In the event of rain, it will be held inside where seating is limited to 180 people.


Mervin Lush Memorial Antique Tractor Show and Harvest Festival

Started in 2007, this show has become a major event for the Bighead River Foodgrains Project. Last year, over $8000 was raised. The celebration this year will be held on August 15th, at 13662 grey Rd 12, R.R. 2 Meaford, ON, N4L 1W6. 


Bighead Hops Shindig

The shindig is a harvest craft beer festival celebrating the beginning of the hop harvest. It has an incredible list of Ontario craft brewers, local food vendors and tons of great music. The festival will be held on August 15th on 11th Line in Meaford.


Meaford international Film Festival

A film festival that celebrates both internationally award winning movies and the local spirit that makes the Meaford community so special. The festival is held at Meaford Hall from September 3rd to 6th.


160th Meaford & St. Vincent Fall Fair

This is a fundraiser put on by the Meaford & St. Vincent Agricultural Society, and offers tons of free prizes and exciting events like the cattle show and heavy horse pull which is fun for the whole family.  This fair is held on Friday September 4th to the 5th at the corner of Collingwood and Thompson St.


 

DogLoversDays Festival

A day where you can sit back, relax and watch YOUR dog be the star. A complete interactive "dog" festival where the family dog has fun running agility, speed tracks and so much more. If it's called a dog festival, it should be "all about the dog". This festival will be held at the William Croft Baseball Diamonds from Saturday September 5th to the 6th.

All dogs must be worn on a regular leash with no retractable leashes allowed. 


Sweetwater Music Festival

The Sweetwater Music Festival brings world-class local and international musicians to create a collaborative energy. The festival provides the community with a weekend filled with awesome music but also gives back as well with education, rehearsals and school visits to inspire young would-be musicians. This festival is held September 18th at the Leith Church. 


Meaford Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival

Activities, surprises and fun for all ages. On top of all that, it's also FREE! Come see for yourself. The scarecrow Parade starts at 6pm on October 2nd followed by the festival which starts at 6:30pm. The festival will be located on Meaford's main street. 


5th Annual Coyotes Cross Country Run

The walk through for the run begins at 9am sharp on the GBSS athletic fields. Your race number will be provided for you at the registration tent. This cross country run will provide essential services such as a first aid tent at the finish line and portable washroom facilities on-site. 


Apple Harvest Craft Show

Over the past 31 years the Apple Harvest Craft Show has become one of the largest in southern Ontario, attracting close to 200 artisans and crafters with a waiting list of others wanting to participate. This show will take place Saturday October 3rd & 4th at the Meaford Arena and Curling Rink. The show will start at 10am.


Meaford BIA Window Unveiling

Come browse in shops, share in goodwill and catch the spirit with family and friends. There is something for the whole family but make sure you visit Santa first to let him know what you are wishing for! The window unveiling will be held on Saturday the 21st of November in Meaford's downtown area. 


Meaford Santa Claus Parade

The Annual Meaford Santa Claus Parade will delight young and old alike, thanks to the hard work of the Kinsmen Club. Now, the parade has a special "twinkle" about it...it's held at night. The parade will start at 7pm on December 5th at Olivet Baptist Church and will proceed down Sykes Street.


18th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Join us in the lamplit beauty and warmth of Leith's 'Auld kirk' to hear again the story of the birth of Christ in word and song. The lessons will be read by members of the North Grey community and there will be congregational carol singing of many of the old favourites. this festival will be held at Leith Church on December 20th, starting at 7:30pm.

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Accessibility

For more information on accessible events and facilities, visit Meaford Accessibility, or contact us at accessibility@meaford.ca.