There's a surprising lot of interesting stuff going on around here, and this space is devoted to discovering and sharing it. We'll post regular updates on merchants, activities and events. Look in often and soon you'll see why Meaford calls itself "The other Big Apple".

posted June 30th, 2015
Canada Day, Meaford-style

Canada Day kicks off in Meaford at 9 a.m. at Market Square, the parking area beside Meaford Hall. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Military Family Resource Centre will serve up the popular Canada Day breakfast of pancakes and sausages. Come early, so you’re ready for the flag raising ceremony and still have room for the Canada Day cake, at 11 a.m.

Activities continue on through the day, with a downtown yard sale, dog tricks for Beautiful Joe, a Library obstacle race, crafts and more. Beginning in the afternoon, enjoy live music from the Shane Cloutier band and Bored of Education.

Then, as dusk falls, find a spot at the waterfront to take in the spectacular Meaford tradition of fireworks over Georgian Bay.

Complete schedule of events in and around Meaford.

posted June 26th, 2015
Meaford mountain biking guide 3

We’ve tried some challenging rides. Let’s take it down just a little.

Loree Forest (20-minute drive)

If Three Stage is a little extreme for your taste, then here’s a trail that will reward you with a fast, fairly easy trail, and some marvellous views of Georgian Bay. South from Thornbury on County Road 2, turn left at Victoria Corners and head east about 4 km where there’s a small parking area on the right. The trail begins at a double-track road allowance across the road. Follow this north until you find the blue blazes of a Bruce Trail side trail. The trail circles the top of the escarpment, emerging at one point at the top of Georgian Peaks Ski Club and a beautiful view north to Georgian Bay.

Massie Hills (20-minute drive)

We’ve talked about the amazing skiing and snowshoeing at Massie Hills Management area, but the rolling hills and mixed forest make for great mountain biking, too. With 8-9 kilometres of rideable non-technical trail, it’s a great place for the novice mountain biker or for those days you just want to get out without going too far. Access the trails from the west side of Concession Road 6 South (the Massie Road) south Grey 18, about half a kilometre south of Sideroad 6.

posted June 14th, 2015
More Meaford mountain biking opportunities

At Meaford Haven, you’re very close to one of Ontario’s legendary mountain biking trails.

Three Stage (30-minute drive)

Not far beyond Kolapore (heading from Meaford), you’ll find one of Ontario’s premier mountain biking destinations – an intricate network of more than 40 kilometres on, down (up), and below the Niagara Escarpment in Pretty River Valley Provincial Park, with occasional views out to Georgian Bay. With lots of rocky and rooty sections, these trails are best ridden dry and for the most part aren’t for beginners (though the section at the top by Sideroad 6 and the 2nd line offers a short loop that’s a great introduction).

For a taste of the rocks, check out this video at 7:04.

Another video.

While maps have existed at various points in the evolution of the trail system, most are outdated. Take a GPS or ride with someone who’s been there before.

Unless you want to begin your ride with a massive climb, start at the top – there are plenty of trails without having to descend and climb back up. From Meaford, Highway 26 West to Grey Road 2 in Thornbury. South 13 km to Grey Road 19 east. East 5.5 km to the 4th line. South 2 km to Gibralter, and then east almost 3 km to the intersection with the 2nd Line. Park in the small lot or off the side of the road.