The Municipality of Meaford is located in Grey County, on the shores of Nottawasaga Bay, a sub-basin of Georgian Bay. It consists of a historic downtown in urban Meaford and also includes the smaller communities of Annan, Balaclava, Bognor, Leith, Rockford and Woodford. With a population of approximately 11,000, the popultion of Meaford has remained nearly the same size over the past three census periods.


Downtown Meaford
Georgian Bay
Countryside vineyard

Set in an ideal location to capture the abundance of opportunities that the region offers, Meaford is fifteen kilometres outside Blue Mountain Resort (Ontario’s largest four-season resort), it is at the gateway to the Bruce Peninsula and Tobermory, and it is approximately a two-hour drive from the Greater Toronto Area. Closely connected to Ontario’s major 400 series highways, opens up the entire municipality’s marketplace to over six million people within a two hundred kilometre radius.

The municipality covers approximately 588.57 square kilometres of land area, and is fortunate because it is located within a beautiful natural environment that offers an abundance of charm with its extensive waterfront, authentic urban area, diverse rural and agricultural landscape, and scenic views of the Niagara Escarpment. Currently, Meaford is considered an affordable living alternative to Southern Ontario and other areas along Georgian Bay. As a vibrant community, Meaford offers a strong health care system, an emerging creative rural economy of culturally focused industries and individuals, events, a farmers’ market, and year-round world-class recreational opportunities that establish a community to live, work and play. The 4th Canadian Division Training Centre, a 20,000-acre Canadian Forces Training facility that has over 600 soldiers training on any given week is also located here.

With rich productive farmland within a micro-climate in the Niagara Escarpment, the municipality is one of the best locations in Ontario to grow apples, pears, cold hearty grapes and hops. There has been recent growth in organic farming and high-density apple orchards, as well as value-added agri-businesses including wineries and cideries. Significant farm operations in livestock and crops can also be found here. The municipality is primed for new growth, and presently has capacity in both water and wastewater systems to service the current and planned developments based on current projections.

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