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While our physical locations may be closed, we are committed to keep our community engaged throughout COVID-19. Please join us for activities brought to you by our AWESOME instructors, community recreation providers, and YOU! 

It’s simple! Any time you participate in any recreational activity (ours or any of your own making) snap a photo or video and post using #MeafordRecOnTheRun.

Programs & Activities

 Recreation & Sport

Don't miss out on your favourite Recreation & Sport activities! 

Soccer with Coach Cristian

Soccer Skill - Dribbling 

Soccer Skill - Passing

 Fitness & Wellness
Keep moving at home! 
 Lifestyle & Leisure

Working from home? Spending more time in the Garden?

Follow these tips, tricks and videos to avoid injury!

 Water Safety

Water safety tips for a safe summer!

Water Safety with Shawna Wren

Tip: Water Safety

Tip: General Pool Rules

Canada Day Yoga Ad
FREE Canada Day Yoga

4th Annual FREE Canada Day Yoga, LIVE & ONLINE!

4th Annual FREE Canada Day Yoga LIVE & ONLINE with Beth Rutty

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 • 10-11 am

Location: Indoor or outdoor space at your house

Beth has been teaching outdoor yoga on Canada Day class for FREE for the past 4 years in Meaford. .

We invite you and your friends and family to find an outdoor space that makes you happy, gather in a group of no more than 10 people, appropriately distanced from each other and flow and practice yoga with me.

Click Here to enroll for this FREE class!

Once enrolled, you will get a confirmation and the night before you will receive a Zoom invitation via email (please check your Spam folder if you don’t see it)

 If need assistance or have any questions contact Beth at: beth@bethruttyyoga.com

Virtual Summer Camps

Kids at Camp
Virtual Summer Camps

While our physical camps have been cancelled, VIRTUAL CAMPS ARE IN!

The Imagination Studio: Magic & Science Camp Kit

Registration Open!

This is THE COOLEST Summer Camp going. Magic + Science Camp is a 3-day virtual camp week full of carefully crafted + super engaging activities where your child will enjoy hands on learning as we explore the magic of science and the science of magic!

Each camper will receive an ART KIT for the camp! These kits will include all of the goodies, art supplies, science kicks and magic materials for your children to have a successful and fun week of art camp. 

$42 + HST / Participant

The pre-recorded content can be viewed at any time as many times as you like throughout the summer so your kids can make cool things whenever they like!

In an effort to support our residents, we have also teamed up with the Meaford Culture Foundation, who is providing partial bursaries to camp!

Since 2006, Meaford Culture Foundation has been investing in the community to enable the presentation of and participation in unique arts and culture experiences that educate and enlighten, to level the playing field for our local youth and to champion Meaford as a place to live.

Meaford Art Kits can be picked up at Meaford Hall on Tuesday July 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to make it please email recreation@meaford.ca 

Spaces are limited. Register with these easy steps:

  1. Fill out the Meaford Culture Foundation Bursary Application
  2. Get your Approval Notification-takes up to 3 days!
  3. Register & Pay for Camp (Please look for the Meaford specific registration)
 The Imagination Studio: POM POM Sculpture Camp Kit

Registration Open!

This virtual camp is unique. Your kids will receive a magical art kit that contains everything they need to make their very own Personal Pom Pom. They will also receive a printed guide book that leads them through this project step by step so they can work on this at their own pace and time. Perfect for keeping your kids busy, artfully engaged and independent project time. 

Your kids will also have access to a video that gives them a full tour of this Pom Pom art project, fully finished so they can see it, get excited about it, and start imagining their own renditions of it.

From tiny clay ice cream cones to paint colours inspired by actual Pom Pom to teeny tiny mini chalkboards that detail menu items and ice cream flavours, this art experience is one for the books!

$75 + HST / Participant

In an effort to support our residents, we have also teamed up with the Meaford Culture Foundation, who is providing partial bursaries to camp!

Since 2006, Meaford Culture Foundation has been investing in the community to enable the presentation of and participation in unique arts and culture experiences that educate and enlighten, to level the playing field for our local youth and to champion Meaford as a place to live.

Meaford Art Kits can be picked up at Meaford Hall on Tuesday July 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to make it please email recreation@meaford.ca 

Spaces are limited. Register with these easy steps:

  1. Fill out the Meaford Culture Foundation Bursary Application
  2. Get your Approval Notification-takes up to 3 days!
  3. Register & Pay for Camp (Please look for the Meaford specific registration)
Tennis Courts
Socially Distanced Tennis Lessons

The Tennis Courts are open! Why not try out some socially distanced tennis lessons!

Tennis Canada Coach, Paul Cornfield and avid tennis player Cliff Johnson are offering one one tennis lessons!

$40/hours - up to 2 kids (same household)

For more information: 

Paul Cornfield: Call/Text 519-270-1030 or Email paul.cornfield2@sympatico.ca 

Cliff Johnson: Email fayardjohnson@gmail.com 

map of Canada
Cross Canada-Community Walking Challenge

Get your walk on! Put your steps to the test and help us walk across Canada coast to coast!

Use your own step counter, download an app or track on your phone!

Together we will try to walk 7,000 km – St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia 

Submit your weekly step total to asolecki@meaford.ca or esmith@meaford.ca.

Where Are We?

Track our progress across the country!

Goulais River, Ontario

Wednesday, July 8- 3678.38 kms walked

The Goulais River is in northern Ontario, that rises in the Algoma highlands and empties into Goulais Bay on eastern Lake Superior near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. It is one of the largest tributaries on the eastern lake, draining an area of approximately 2,000 square kilometres!

The river is used for recreational canoeing, kayaking, and swimming, and the headwaters and parts of the river have been protected by the Goulais River Provincial Park.

Sudbury, Ontario

Tuesday, June 30 - 3,337 kms walked

We've made it to the Big Nickel.

  • The Big Nickel is the largest coin in the world
  • The 1951 5 cent coin was minted to celebrate 200th anniversary of the element Nickel.
  • The Big Nickel is an exact replica of the 1951 coin
  • It symbolizes the wealth Sudbury contributed to theCanadian economu through nickel production.

Have you ever been to the Big Nickel?

Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Quebec

Tuesday, June 23 - 2,809.45 kms walked

Notre-Dame-du-Laus is is the Muskokas of Quebec! With the large number of lakes, rivers and creeks and hilly forests this area primarily services as cottage country.

When visting you can check outThe Rapide-des-Cedres Dam. Built in 1928, the dam was used to facilitate the transpoation of logs on the Lievre River.

For more details visit Tourism Notre-Dame-du-Laus.

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

Tuesday, June 16 - 2,474.18 kms walked 
This city's name means "three rivers" and was named so as the Saint-Maurice River has three mouths at the St. Lawrence River.
Trois-Rivieres is Canada's oldest industrial city, with its first foundary, Forges du Saint-Maurice, established in the mid 1700's!
Forges du Saint-Maurice is now a Parks Canada National Historic Site. You can visit the site and check out the Ironmasters House to view the iron and case items manufactured at the forges.
For more information check out the Parks Canada site!

Millstream, Quebec

Tuesday, June 9 - 1, 881.53 km walked

We've walked a total of 1,881.53 km and have landed in Millstream, Quebec!

Located on the Gaspe Pennisula, where the St. Lawrence River and Gulf of St. Lawrence meet.

If you have been following Canadian news lately, a humpback whale made it's way up the St. Lawrence River into fresh water!🐳

Sadly, news released today has indicated that on its travels back home the whale passed away.

For information check out the link below 👇

Humpback Whale in St. Lawrence River

Aulac, New Brunswick

Tuesday, June 2 - 1, 449.36 km walked

On to the next province! With 1,449.36 kms walked we have made it to Aulac, New Brunswick!

Located along the border of Nova Soctia and New Brunswick Aulac is home to Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland Historic Site.

Built on the Isthmus of Chignecto, a natural land bridge connecting the two provinces, Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland has a unique history of occupation by the French and British.

For more details check out the Parks Canada site! 

Port Hawksbury, Nova Scotia

Tuesday, May 26 - 1,109.39 km walked

A small community of 3,000 Port Hawkesbury is located on the southwestern end of Cape Breton Island.

The town has been given the nickname of "Cape Breton's Front Porch", as it's located minutes from Canso Causeway.

The Canso Causeway is a rock-filled causeway that connects Cape Breton Island to mainland Nova Scotia and is part of the Trans Canada Highway.

McKay's, Newfoundland

Tuesday, May 19 - 712.68 km walked

We are taking the scenic route and ended up in McKay's Newfoundland, just off of the Trans Canada Highway.

We're thankful our Spring season begins earlier here in Ontario! It's a chilly 6°C today in McKay's, near the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the Atlantic Ocean!

Gander, Newfoundland

Monday May 11 – 315.5 km walked

Have you seen or heard of the broadway musical "Come From Away"? The true story about East Coast hospitality offered by the Gander community during 9/11. 

On Tuesday September 11, 2001, 38 planes with 6579 passengers landed in Gander, Newfoundland, after the U.S Federal Aviation closed it airspace.

Gander, a small community with the population of around 10,000 (similar to Meaford!), nearly doubled in size. 

The "Come From Aways" were driven to churches, schools and community centres in neighbouring communities for accommodations. The local arena was even turned into a giant fridge! 

Local residents treated the stranded passengers like guests with home cooked meals, sightseeing and musical entertainment. Some residents went as far to open up their homes for a place to stay or shower!

Nailed or Failed Pinterest Challenge
NAILED OR FAILED - Pinterest Challenge

We all do it. Completely bomb a recipe we’ve found online! Now is your time to share those fails (or nails) with us! 

Check the Meaford Parks and Rec or Meaford Public Library Facebook Pages weekly for a recipe! Then share with us, whether you NAILED IT or FAILED IT!

All recipes can be found on the Meaford Public Library Pinterest Board

Recipes

New recipes posted every week!

April 29 - White Bread

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBSP yeast
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 egg whisked with 1 TBSP water to brush on top

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Add yeast; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add the canola oil, egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough. Knead for 5 minutes.
  • Form dough into a smooth ball. Keeping the dough in the bowl, spray with non-stick spray and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  • Punch down dough.  Knead for 1 minute.
  • Form loaf by rolling ball into an oblong shape then tucking and pinching the ends under the loaf.
  • Place loaf in a bread pan. Brush thoroughly with egg mixture.
  • Let loaf sit while oven is preheating to 400 degrees F, or about 10 minutes. It bakes at a higher temp than other bread recipes. Make sure your oven rack is on a lower setting so that the top doesn't burn! 
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, until outside is golden brown and internal temperature of loaf registers 195-200 degrees.

May 6 - White Chocolate Cranberry Scones

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter Cubed and Chilled
  • 1 Egg
  • 2/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 cup Fresh Cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  • Add cold butter and rub it into the flour mixture using a fork or your fingertips until it resembles bread crumbs. Set aside
  • In another bowl, mix the egg, yogurt and vanilla.
  • Add the egg mixture to flour and butter mixture. Stir using a wooden spoon until everything is just combined. Don't over mix. 
  • Add in white chocolate chips and cranberries. Mix using a wooden spoon to form a dough. 
  • Place the dough on the baking sheet, form the dough into a 1 1/2 inch thick circle and cut into 8 wedges. Make some space between the wedges as they tend to spread a little bit while cooking. You can also separate them completely and set them on the baking sheet. 
  • Sprinkle some granulated sugar on the scones and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. 
  • Let cool for 15 minutes then serve. 

May 13 - Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Salt

Topping

  • ¼ cup butter , melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and applesause and mix.
  • Slowly mix in dry ingredients.
  • Place in greased or liner filled muffins tins and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  • While the muffins are warm dip in melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

May 20 - Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Confetti cake mix (or any cake mix you enjoy)
  • Ice cream cones (at least 12)
  • Icing (vanilla, chocolate, whatever you like)
  • Sprinkles (I had two different types and used both)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Take your aluminum pan and turn it upside down.
  • Place one of the ice cream cones on the pan and trace it 12 times evenly around the pan with a sharpie or marker you have lying around.
  • Cut out the holes with a sharp knife or box cutter.
  • Place 12 ice cream cones in the pan and place the whole thing on a baking sheet.
  • Prepare your confetti cake mix per the instructions on the box.
  • Pour the mix into a plastic bag and cut off one of the corners. Squeeze the mix into each cone, filling the cone almost to the top. You want to leave a little bit of room for the cake to rise in the cone without overflowing too much. I left about a ½ in exposed cone.
  • Place your cones in the oven for about 18-20 min or whatever it says on the back of the box for cupcakes. You want the tops of the cupcakes to be golden brown.
  • After the cupcakes are baked, take them out of the oven and let cool.
  • Once the cupcakes are cooled completely, put your icing in another plastic bag and cut off a corner. Squeeze the icing on top of the cupcakes in a swirl fashion.
  • Sprinkle it up!
May 27 - Triple Berry Angel Food Cake Roll
 Ingredients
  • 1 Angel Food Cake mix plus ingredients to prepare
  • 1/4 cup + 3/4 cup powdered sugar divided
  • 8 oz light cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 35%
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries diced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line the bottom of a 10x15x1" rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (make sure that it lays flat on the bottom). Do not grease the pan.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, until the top is golden and the edges start to crack. *NOTE: It will rise up in the pan significantly, even over the top. But even though it gets high it should not flow over -- if you're concerned, slip an extra baking sheet or a piece of foil underneath just in case.
  • Loosen cake from the edges of the pan while it's still warm -- it's going to be a little sticky, like angel food cake is, but it will come away easily.
  • Spread out a clean kitchen towel and sprinkle evenly with ¼ cup powdered sugar. Flip warm cake out onto the towel, peel off the parchment paper and immediately roll up starting at the short end, WITH the towel inside. Let cool completely (at room temperature for 1-2 hours or pop it in the fridge or freeze momentarily if you're impatient like me! You don't want it hot inside when you add your filling.)
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add ¾ cup powdered sugar, vanilla and cream and beat on low until combined, then on high for 3-4 minutes until fluffy and stiff peaks form.
  • Unroll cooled cake (you can just leave it laying on the towel) and spread with half of the filling and top with half of the berries.
  • Carefully roll back up (this time without the towel!) and place on a serving plate. Spread top and sides with remaining filling and top with remaining berries. Serve immediately (leftovers are best eaten within 24 hours).

June 3 - Oreo Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 48 Oreos (1 package)
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 32 oz cream cheese softened 4 packages)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cool whip or whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Crush all Oreos in large Ziploc bag using a rolling pin, or in food processor (reserve 1/3 crumbs to go in cheesecake and to sprinkle on top). Mix with butter and press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Fold in whipped cream and some of the reserve chopped cookies. Spoon over crust. Top with remaining cookies.

  3. Refrigerate 4 hours, or until firm. ENJOY!
In Your Neighbourhood Challenege
In Your neighbourHOOD

You travel through your community daily, but do you notice all the interesting things and places that make it unique?

In Your neighbourHOOD, posts weekly photos of super zoomed-in things or places and its your job to guess where or what it is!

You can find these photos on our Facebook or Instagram!

Photo Gallery: In my NeighbourHOOD will appear here on the public site.
Check out past objects and locations!
 Zoomed-In Big Apple on Sykes StreetBig Apple on Sykes Street

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