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Dog Friendly

Without a doubt, Meaford is a dog lover's paradise - we are the home of Beautiful Joe, after all. Beautiful Joe is the real story of an incredible dog from Meaford who was rescued from an abusive home, written by Canadian author Margaret Marshall Saunders in 1893. The book was the first Canadian novel to sell more than one million copies, and greatly contributed to world-wide awareness of animal cruelty. To this day, Meaford honours Beautiful Joe's legacy by striving to be a safe and welcoming place for all animals.

If you plan on bringing your dog with you to Meaford there will be no shortage of fun things to do together, appropriate accommodations, and dog-loving local businesses. Your four legged friend is sure to love Meaford even more than you do. On your trip to Meaford, be sure to visit Beautiful Joe’s Leash-Free Park, Memorial Park’s dog-friendly beaches, and the Harbour for an unforgettable afternoon.

See a list of all our best dog friendly locations down below to help you plan the perfect vacation.

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