Join us for a Spectacular Canada Day!

Come celebrate with us in person this year and rekindle your love of this great event here in the Municipality of Meaford with spectacular activities happening in Annan, Bognor and at Meaford's Waterfront.

We’ve got something for everyone!

Check out the full itinerary below.

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 Canada Day in Annan:

Join us in Annan on June 30 from 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m., at the Annan Ball Diamond.

 

Enjoy burgers and pop, a clown making balloon animals, free craft tables from our Junior Optimist Club, outdoor self-serve games, and cupcakes for everyone!

We will also have live music by the Mill Pond Project, a quilt raffle, silent auction and fireworks!

 Canada Day in Bognor:

Come on down to Bognor on July 1 from 6:30 p.m., to dusk, at the Bognor Ball Diamond.

 

Take in some great live music by Mill Pond Project. There will be free cake and coffee, adult and kids games and Inter-township Fire Department will be there, too! 

Golden Town Cruisers and antique motorcycles will also be joining us.  Special thanks to the Sydenham Junior Optimist club who will have a food booth. To top it all off, enjoy some amazing fireworks at dusk. 

There will be a $10.00 charge per family to help cover costs for the day. Space is very limited and capacity limits will be effect. For more information, please contact Gary Shute at 519-371-4142.

 Canada Day in Meaford:

Join us in Meaford on July 1 from 8 a.m.-9 p.m., at the Meaford Harbour and a few other locations in the heart of Meaford.

We’ve got a great big event planned for you. Please see below for the full event itinerary.  

 

Event Map:

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Food and Refreshments:

8-10 am: For all you early birds!  A delicious pancake breakfast hosted by the Military Family Resource Centre and the Rotary Club of Meaford in the Rotary Pavilion located at the Meaford Harbour, complete with coffee, tea and juice. 

 

11-5:30 p.m: Beer Garden and Grill Zone hosted by the Rotary Club of Meaford. They’ll have sausages, hot dogs, burgers on the grill and for the adults, cold beer in the beer garden. 

 

Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market where you can pick up some local flavour, happening from 3-7 p.m., in and around the Rotary Harbour Pavilion. 

Family Fun and Celebrations:

9:30 am:  Join us for a land acknowledgement and flag raising ceremony with Mayor Barb Clumpus at the flagpole, located at the entrance to the harbour. After which the Goldenaires will perform the Canadian Anthem, followed by a special water song and acknowledgement by Heather McIntyre – Indigenous Life and Wellness Coach, highlighting our Indigenous heritage. The ceremony wraps up with cupcakes in the pavilion.

 

10 a.m.: Yoga on the pier hosted by Beth Rutty. No pre-registrations required. Please bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

 

10-3 pm.: Guided Canoe Tours by the Big Canoe Project. Walks-ins will be welcome. If you would like to register ahead of time, you can log-in to our recreation programming here.  Once you have logged in, select: Schedule > Special Interest > Family/All Ages to register in advance.    

 

10-3 p.m.: Learn how to properly and safely throw rescue bags with iSUP Saugeen. You can also rent a Stand-Up Paddle board at a fee for the day. They will be located on the dock beside The Big Canoe Project.

 

10-3 p.m.: Sail Georgian Bay is hosting their amazing camp during the day. Come watch the boats, learn more about their camps and sign your kids up for future opportunities.   

 

10-3 pm.: Golden Town Cruisers Car Show down Bayfield Street. Enjoy the wonder of restored cars from year's past.

 

10-4 p.m.: Excitement for the kids and the kids at heart!  Have fun on the 50ft inflatable obstacle course (dual lane), mega slide, basketball hoops, inflatable darts, jousting, and cotton candy!  Located beside the Rotary Harbour Pavilion. No charge to participate.

 

11:30-2:30 p.m.: Stilt walker, juggler and a mini clown will be wandering around performing, taking the celebrations to new heights. Jennifer Merrifield will be performing on stilts while Robbin Darling will accompany her with juggling swords and other implements. An added bonus of a mini clown tagging along with various flow toys will be fun for everyone to watch and enjoy.

 

12-4 p.m.: Canada Day fun and history with The Meaford Museum, located at 111 Bayfield Street.  Drop by and check out the Meaford Rock Snake and so much more. 

 

Don't forget to venture downtown for a massive sidewalk sale taking place all day long and grab some great food from our many awesome restaurants while you're there!   

 

12-2 p.m.: Axe Throwing fun for all ages located beside the Rotary Harbour Pavilion. No charge, but must have closed toe shoes to participate. 

 

12-4 p.m.: The Meaford Fire Department will be there with Sparky the Fire Dog, a few fire trucks and they will be offering demonstrations and answering your questions. 

 

1-4 p.m.: Canada Day Celebrations with the Meaford Public Library, located in between the steps of the pavilion. Many fun activities offered here. Stop by and enjoy a scavenger hunt with a candy prize at the end. They will also have a picnic table with paint for people to participate in signing or writing a message as to “why you love it here”. The finished table will be on display in the library parkette after Canada Day. 

 

12:50 p.m.: Dam Pub Air Show generously provided by the Dam Pub. Super special thanks to Gord Price and his team. We welcome you to Meaford! You can check out their menu or make a reservation at thedampub.ca

 

3-7 p.m.: The Meaford Farmers’ Market will be joining us in and around the Rotary Harbour Pavilion, so bring some reusable bags and enjoy some local shopping. 

 

7-9 p.m.: Twinkle light boat show hosted by The Meaford Reef Club. They have generously coordinated a beautiful lightshow for all to enjoy when the sun sets. Walk down the pier and enjoy the show of lights on our magnificent waterfront.

 

Don't forget to venture downtown for a massive sidewalk sale taking place all day long and  grab some great food at our restaurants while you're there!   

Community Connection Vendors: 

10-4 p.m.: Vendors Market, Meaford Harbour, 1 Don Bumstead Way, Meaford. 

Plenty of vendors and community organizations to connect with, and learn from:

  • The Canadian Pet Connection – Canine cool down station, treat bags and prizes to be won!  Learn about all of the great dog park areas where you can take your furry friends in and around Meaford!
  • Scarecrow Invasion – Come and see how our scarecrows are built. Learn how you can be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations happening on Friday, September 30, 2022.
  • Meaford International Film Festival - Find out what films will be showing at this year’s Meaford International Film Festival, taking place September 1 -4, 2022, back at Meaford Hall and in the big tent! 
  • Meaford Chamber of Commerce - Come and find out about new events happening this year…  learn about Christmas on the Bay and also this year’s Meaford Dragons event!
  • Christmas On The Bay - This an annual European-style 4-day outdoor Christmas market that will showcase the finest artisans and producers of south Georgian Bay. Stop by the wooden vendor shed and learn more about this exciting new event that will be happening in the heart of Meaford December 1-4. Perhaps you want to become involved as one of our select vendors, as a sponsor, or as a treasured volunteer?  With all the lights, sounds, sights and ambiance one would expect from such a magical event, Christmas On The Bay is not something that you will want to miss!
  • Beautiful Joe Heritage Society - Come and connect with volunteers, learn about the story of Beautiful Joe the amazing park named after him.
  • Indigenous Collaboration – Heather McIntyre is an Indigenous Life and Wellness Coach with her professional practice The Chronicles of Momma Mac and the Mamaway/Banac Project Coordinator and Lead Facilitator of the Working Together Wiijinokiiwag Cultural Awareness and Education Program. Heather will be holding space under the big tree (grassy area behind pavilion) for a Community Wellness Circle from 10:00-11:30 a.m. All ages are welcome. Bring a blanket or mat to sit on during circle.
  • Robert Burcher – Robert Burcher will be selling his book titled ‘My Summer of Glorious Freedom’. It is a book that talks about John Muir and his time living in Meaford from 1864 to 1866. Muir, an American, returned to the USA and became a hero of the conservation movement. He was the founder of the American National Parks system and the co-founder of the Sierra Club. That club is now the world's largest nature organization with over three million members. It is believed his time in the Bighead River valley was pivotal to his development as an environmental warrior.
  • Meaford Summer Fest - This great group of locals are excited to connect with neighbours to promote a new summer festival happening July 30, 2022 downtown and in the market square right here in Meaford. Get excited for an amazing sidewalk sale, poutine-off, dog parade, car show and painting of the Meaford doors. 

 

Music and Entertainment: 

Get excited! Live music will be returning and will be performing throughout the day! A stage will be set up by the Rotary Harbour Pavilion, 1 Don Bumstead Way, Meaford.  Plenty of shaded green space to come enjoy.

 

Special thanks to our emcee, JD Moffat and LITE99.3 FM for guiding us through this magnificent line up!

 

8:15-9:00 a.m.: The Browns - Heather and Doug Brown will start our day off with their Time Machine Show features Doug playing guitar while Heather sings, and the duo performs a timeless repertoire that runs the gamut from classic country, light rock, pop, 60s folk and Christmas.  They will end their set with a Canadian Tribute song for the day.

 

10:15-11:00 a.m.: Paige Warner – With an evocative voice that captivates her audience, Paige Warner creates music that sits between R&B and singer-songwriter with soul-inspired vocal licks layered on catchy hooks and rhythms. Her debut EP, ‘Revealed’, launched her independent career. With over 60,000 combined listens on Spotify alone, Paige’s recent singles have drawn love from media and listeners alike. Paige Warner’s voice is often what draws people in. However, she is skilled with more than just her voice, regularly accompanying herself with piano, guitar, or inviting her backup band to the stage. Paige has plans to continue creating relatable songs and holding intimate concerts.

 

11:45-12:45 p.m.: Shane Cloutier – Canadian alt-folk singer-songwriter Shane Cloutier follows 2021 album release “Lie to Me ’til It’s Over'' with new single “Your Blues.” With this new track, Shane digs deep into the uncomfortable truth of toxic relationships, and introduces a new bluesy sound. Shane’s strong emotional voice and his work as a guitarist, combined with his heavy metal influences creates an uncommon sound. Shane is originally from Orillia, but now resides near Collingwood, where he continues to focus on his music. 

 

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Scott Almond – Meaford born and raised, singer-songwriter, Scott Almond has a soulful voice and can really sing the blues.  He released 4 songs to Europe off his Hard Land CD in 2005 to 2007. Playing all your favorite classic country and rock hits from the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen and more.

3-4 p.m.: Drew McIvor Duo – If music were romance, then Drew McIvor's music just might be the first date; playful, chatty, and honestly yearning to connect. With his trusty six-string, this charismatic crooner performs with a masterful simplicity inviting audiences, not only to listen, but truly share the musical experience. His deep affection for his craft is apparent at every turn; you can feel his heart is in the music, and it is contagious. Elements of acoustic pop, folk, worldbeat, soul and jazz are interwoven into a tapestry of intelligent, catchy tunes that fit like your favorite jeans, and soothe like a warm summer breeze.

 

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Bored of Education – Georgian Triangle’s favourite party band formed over 10 years ago by Rich Fletcher and Jack Watson (2 Meaford high school teachers!!), the band has always had the goal of playing songs that entertain audiences of all ages. From songs such as “All Of Me” and “What A Wonderful World” to hi-energy tunes such as “Twist & Shout” and “Born To Be Wild” - just to name a few!

The Bored of Education line-up includes Rich Fletcher on guitar/vocals, Jack Watson on mandolin/vocals, Tom Thwaits on keyboards/vocals, Mike Reid on drums and Brian Miessner (founder and leader singer for North America’s first Beatles clone band Liverpool and Capitol Records recording artists Aerial) on bass guitar/vocals.

 

8-10 p.m: The party continues at the Red Door with live music on their patio featuring music by County Rio. 

 

A BIG Shout out to our Sponsors and Supporters: 

A great big THANK YOU to the following community organizations and people for their efforts in making Canada Day here in Meaford amazing. 

 

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Lite99.3 FM 

 

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Rotary Club of Meaford

 

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Military Family Resource Centre  

 

 

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Thank you to the Heritage Canada Grant Foundation for their generous support of $3,360 for our wonderful Canada Day celebrations.

 

A Note about Fireworks: 

Canada day is a very important event here in Meaford.  It has brought us together as a community over the years and we treasure the opportunity to host.

 

This year we will not be hosting our traditional large scale fireworks display at the Meaford Harbour but you can still enjoy fireworks at the great events held in Bognor and Annan this Canada Day. We’ve also got some great alternatives, like the Twinkle Light Boat Show, the Dam Pub Air Show and so much more.

 

Like you, the Municipality is sensitive to inflation and understands our responsibility to use tax dollars efficiently. Prices are going up and supplies can be difficult to secure, fireworks are certainly included in this. Therefore, we have had to reflect on where we can spend our money while still offering a great event for our residents. To host an inclusive event we have made the decision to forego fireworks and will instead offer great activities and music by local artists.  

 

We’ve seen other municipalities shift to alternatives to fireworks like light shows that are less noisy and friendlier for wild animals and our pets. This is an alternative that we are investigating to see if it is a possibility for our future Canada Day events. We are excited that there is an air show planned in the afternoon on Canada Day over the Harbour that has been sponsored by the Dam Pub, and will give us reason to look to the sky.

 

We want everyone to enjoy Canada Day with us and we are working on bringing you the best event we can now that we are able to gather in person.

 

We love it here.

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