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 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

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!

Sunshine Valley, British Columbia

Monday , August 31- 6984 kms walked

Sunshine Valley, formerly named Tashme, is an unincorporated community consisting of cabins, tiny homes, and RV parks on the Crowsnest Highway between of the town of Hope and the entrance to Manning Park in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia.

Lake Louise, Alberta

Monday , August 24- 6545.9 kms walked

Named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise is one of the most photographed sites in Canada . Water from Lake Louise eventually ends up across the country in Hudson Bay, which is part of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Tilley, Alberta

Monday, August 17- 6199.42 kms walked

Founded in 1910 during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway main line, Tilley was incorporated as a village on May 9, 1940. August 31, 2013 Tilley went from a Village to a hamlet under the jurisdiction of the County of Newell.

Chaplin, Saskatchewan

Monday, August 10 - 5806.82 kms walked

On October 8, 1912, Chaplin incorporated as a village. Chaplin got its name from Viscount Chaplin, an English statesman, who, along with a friend, Frederick Johnston, planned a successful hunting trip to the area. Chaplin is on the Trans-Canada Highway between Moose Jaw and Swift Current, and on the north edge of Chaplin Lake. The lake encompasses nearly 20 square miles.

Elkhorn, Manitoba 

Thursday, August 6 - 5393.59 kms walked

The Village of Elkhorn, Incorporated on September 5, 1906, is situated approximately 105 kms west of the City of Brandon and 290 kms from Winnipeg, on the Trans Canada Highway and also on the main line for the Canadian Pacific Railway

Prawda, Manitoba 

Tuesday , July 28- 4950.59 kms walked

Prawda is a community situated a few miles east of Hadashville on the Trans Canada Highway in eastern Manitoba. It lies within the boundaries of the Rural Municipality of Reynolds.

The population of this community is 200

Upsala, Ontario

Tuesday , July 21- 4489.95 kms walked

Named after the city of Uppsala in Sweden, Upsala is unique with some of the best fishing and hunting spots in the entire world. The natural setting of the community and region makes it an ideal getaway for the outdoorsman!

When established in 1882, Upsala was an important fuel and water stop for trains travelling on the then newly constructed Canadian Pacific Railway system.

Jackfish, Ontario

Monday, July 13 - 4126.51 kms walked

Welcome to Jackfish , Ontairo!
We have made it 4126.51km to the real ghost town or Jackfish!
A small community on the north shore of Lake Superior, Jackfish was a watering and coal loading station for the Canadian Pacific Railway. When diesels replaced the steam locomotives in the early 1960's, the trains no longer required the services provided in the town.

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!
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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.
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