Meaford is turning 150 this year and you're invited to a series of excellent events to honour our wonderful town!

 

Birthday Celebration Kick-off on March 10, 2024

Join us on Sunday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m., starting off at Meaford Hall and then go to the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre for more festivities. Fun all day long!

 

Starting off at Meaford Hall at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.:

  • Museum exhibit Meaford 150 years Retrospective will be in the Meaford Hall Galleries from January 8 to March 28, 2024.  Museum reception will be from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Meaford's downtown history project and a special 150 Cookbook will be revealed and available for purchase.  A timeline of every decade.   Nibbles and music will be available.
    https://www.meaford.ca/en/meaford-hall/art-gallery.aspx

 

Then head to the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre for: 

  • Free Family Public Skating from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Pickleball Demonstration and Skills Fun 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the meeting room
  • Community Engagement Displays  2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  A snapshot of our community through some of the organizations who thrive here: Meaford Ministerial, Rotary, Meaford and St. Vincent Agricultural Society, Meaford Theatre Company, Meaford Cultural Foundation, Goldenaires,  Meaford Family Resource Centre, Meaford Public Library, Sports – Pickleball, Curling, Coyotes Running Club. Children’s Activities by Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Beautiful Joe Society, and the Quilting Guild. The Meaford Museum will be selling their Sesquicentennial Cookbooks. Meaford 150 Events table will be hosted by the ladies of the Bognor Spring Tea Party. Meaford 150 Merchandise will be available.
  • Opening Ceremony 2 p.m. -  Be part of ringing in the next 150 years. The Goldenaires will lead us in O Canada. Dignitaries will be welcomed. The Meaford Town Crier will share his declaration. Jeni Besworth, a renowned podcaster, will share stories of her childhood in Meaford. Dennis Freeborn, former police chief, will lead the ringing of the bells.
  • Other activities include adding your name, memory or what you like about Meaford to the townscape, learning about the Hello Campaign and Meaford’s 150 Signal. Police memorabilia and bike will be on display. Oh yes, treat yourself to a cupcake by the Meaford Family Resource Centre and a hot chocolate.  

150 Celebration Saturday, June 15, 2024

  • Watch for details.

Canada Day Celebrations 2024
  • Save the Date!

  • Don't forget about Canada Day. We will be continuing the celebrations on July 1st! Visit www.meaford.ca/CanadaDay and subscribe to that page for updates. We will notify you when more event info is available. 

 Walking / Hiking Tours
 

Historic Hikes Meaford-150 by Robert Burcher

(1)   Trout Hollow -  the history of John Muir, the famous naturalist and conservationist and his time in Meaford in the 1860s

(2)   The Historic Mills of the Bighead River Valley – Four different mills that used the river for power

(3)   The Royal Oaks Tour – a delightful little saunter in to visit the Oak trees that were grown from acorns that originated at the Royal Windsor Park England

(4)   Indigenous History of Meaford a tour to the site of the Native village shown on the 1880s map and a talk about other aspects of the indigenous history of the area.

 

Maps of Trout Hollow can be found at trouthollow.ca

Watch this site for information about dates for guided tours

 

Self Guided Walking Tours

(1)   Bognor Marsh Loop – greysauble.on.ca

(2)   Silent Valley –  Sydenham section - brucetrail.org look for Bruce Trail Section, Clubs and Maps

(3)   Crevice Springs Woodford and Woodford Escarpment Loop – Sydenham section – brucetrail.org look for Bruce Trail Section, Clubs and Maps

(4)   Bayview Escarpment Side Trail – Sydenham section – brucetrail.org look for Bruce Trail Section, Clubs and Maps

(5)   Pines and Clearview Loops - Polish Soldier – Sydenham secetion - brucetrail.org look for Bruce Trail Section, Clubs and Maps

(6)   Hibou Conservtation Area – greysauble.on.ca

(7)   Irish Mountain Lookout – meaford.ca  Parks and Trails

(8)   Tom Thomson Trail – visitgrey.ca look for Tom Thomson Trail

 

Christ Church, Anglican, Meaford 

Visit the church for an in-person presentation about the history of the stained glass windows. These windows stand as a memorial to local men who paid the ultimate price of war. They contain many tiny pieces of glass from some 125 English and Welsh churches, as well as a few from Ireland, France & Belgium.

Watch this site for information about dates for an in-person presentation.

 

Day Trips by Vehicle

There are many local books available about routes for day trips. Some suggestions are:

(1)   Daytrips on the Backroads

(2)   Georgian Bay Trips

 

Beautiful Joe Park 

This park has a walking trail. For information, go to beautifuljoe.org

Do you know Joe? 

 

Come to Beautiful Joe Park to learn about Meaford’s famous dog, Beautiful Joe, that spear-headed the kindness to animals’ movement way back in 1893.  The Beautiful Joe Heritage Society provide leisurely walking tours of this unique park in July and August with their Sunny Sunday Tours from noon to 2:00.  Private tours can be accommodated with notice at other times / dates by contacting admin@beautifuljoe.org for individuals or groups up to 40 people.  These tours touch on the story of our famous dog and his rescue; the interesting life of author Marshall Saunders who made him so famous; how the park and monuments came to be and who made it all possible …. lots of anecdotes to keep it entertaining with a bit of nature thrown in to round out the experience of this lovely shady place – moments from downtown Meaford. 

 

Please note that once you are in the park, the ground is quite level, and there are several benches on which to rest during a tour if needed.  These guided tours take about 30-45 minutes.  Visit www.beautifuljoe.org for more info.

 

 A picnic pavilion is onsite and can be booked through the municipality for events.   


2024 Events around the Municipality

2024 Events

January:
7: Mayor’s Levee

February:
19: The Amazing Chase: Winter Embrace – Bognor
24: Leap Year Dance – Bognor Community Centre
24: Polar Bear Dip – Fred Raper Park
24: Coldest Night of the Year - 34 Trowbridge St. W.

March:
8: Meaford Creative Arts Association – Meaford Paintings in RBA window
10: 150th Kick Off celebrations: Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre and Meaford Hall Galleries
30: Rotary Easter Egg Hunt – Beautiful Joe Park
30: Local businesses Easter Egg Hunt downtown Meaford

April:
16: Volunteer Appreciation – Meaford Hall Galleries

May:
4: Rotary Baggy Clean Up - meet at Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre
5: Goldenaires Concert - "Livin' The Dream" Meaford United Church 2pm

June:
15: 150th Celebrations
23: 1874 Strawberry Tea at Bognor Community Centre 
29: Meaford 150 Showcase in concert at Meaford Hall

July:
1: Canada Day – Meaford Harbour
13: Harbour Run/Walk – Meaford Harbour Pavilion
19: Rotary Fish Fry – Harbour Pavilion
20: Meaford Creative Arts Association Art Show and Sale at the Rotary Pavilion
27: Kinsmen Ball Tournament - William Croft Athletic Fields

August:
3: Meaford Summerfest – Downtown Meaford
2-5: Kin Kamp – Memorial Park
17: Pickel ball Tournament – Arena, Community Centre & Curling Club

September:
Sept. 6 to Oct. 27: Meaford Creative Arts Association Fall Changing Colours Exhibit in the Meaford Hall Galleries
20-22: MIFF - Meaford International Film Festival – Meaford Hall

October:
4: Scarecrow Family Festival - Meaford Harbour Pavilion
5-6: Apple Harvest Craft Show – Arena, Community Centre & Curling Club
5: Meaford Creative Arts Association reception in Meaford Hall Galleries
26: Trick or Treat downtown Meaford

November:
3: "Meaford/150 years in 125 minutes" Meaford Community Theatre with Goldenaires singing
11: Remembrance Day parade and service
28-Dec 1: Christmas on the Bay - Market Square

December:
1: Goldenaires Winter Concert - Meaford United Church 2pm
7: Santa Claus Parade - Sykes Street

 

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Have a look at the Sesquicentennial Sponsorship Package and let us know if you are interested in sponsoring.
Sponsorship Package

  

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Happy Birthday Meaford! 

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