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 January 8th, 2016
Four more programs to treat your body and your mind

We’ve covered fitness and dance classes. These programs top it off with a focus on physical and mental wellness. All classes are held at Meaford Hall.

Relax the Body, Quiet the Mind
Learn and practice a variety of techniques to quiet your mind and relax your body. Each class includes a brief discussion, meditation and breathing practices, simple stretches and a guided relaxation, and audio recordings of guided relaxations are included for home practice. You may sit in chairs or lay on the floor.

Yoga for Life
Combines poses and breathing techniques that balance, purify and strengthen both your body and your mind. A series of traditional poses designed to move you in all directions at your own ability.

Gentle Yoga
Boost your energy; improve your activity level; build strength, mobility and range of motion in your joints and spine. Suitable for anyone with no yoga experience or limited physical exercise.

Low Back Program
Enjoy a gentle, effective and adaptable to your body size and condition; a complete rebuilding program for your back. An evidenced based remedial and resiliency program for the low back.

For more information and to register, visit here.

posted January 4th, 2016
Four opportunities to dance your way to a healthy 2016

Workouts are one thing, but Meaford also has an array of dance programs which combine fun, fitness and fancy footwork. These programs are held at the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre.

Line Dancing
Come out ready to kick up your heels, stomp your feet and shake your booty to some great music. All ages are welcome to join in the fun while being active.

Enjoy a total workout combining all elements of fitness: cardio, muscle, conditioning, balance and flexibility. You’ll leave every class with a boost of energy and a serious dose of awesome.

Dance FIT
This class is tailored for adults looking to be active in a fun environment with a dance-based workout. Low impact moves paired with the joys of dancing improve strength, endurance and toning – all in one class. And you’ll learn some basic steps to fun, hip music.

Dance it out
Experience a total-body fitness-based dance workout that includes all styles of dance. The workout incorporates cardio, strength, endurance and flexibility and is paced so anyone can participate.

For more information and to register, visit here.

posted December 31st, 2015
Four ways to get fit in Meaford

If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit in 2016, you don’t need to look very far. Beyond the many outdoor activities waiting outside your door, you can get an indoor workout just about any day of the week. Here are some of the fitness programs available at the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre.

True Body Tone Workout
This high energy program for men and women helps you strengthen muscles through resistance exercises.

This program includes resistance training in combination with balance, aimed at reducing fractures and bone loss. This class is suitable for fracture reduction and provides a safe, effective evidence-based exercise program.

Low Impact Workout
Focus on full body fitness including cardio, strength, balance and flexibility. This high-energy class is great for all ages who want to become more physically fit. Certified instructor.

This class is a high-energy program filled with variety and different activities at every class, including circuits, weights, fitness balls, and core strength exercises. Guaranteed to get you results.

For more information and to register, visit here.

posted October 15th, 2015
Meaford commits to ensuring a healthy environment

Meaford residents are surrounded by a beautiful natural environment and economy which encompasses the blue waters of Georgian Bay, the green rise of the Niagara Escarpment, and many organic food and drink producers.

Now, Meaford has joined 89 muncipal governments across Canada in declaring to respect, fulfill and promote the right to live in a healthy environment, including:

  • The right to breathe clean air
  • The right to drink clean water
  • The right to consume safe food
  • The right to access nature
  • The right to know about pollutants and contaminants released into the local environment
  • The right to participate in decision-making that will affect the environment.

The declaration was initiated by councillor Jaden Calvert, who brought the aims of the Blue Dot Movement to Council’s attention. Launched by the David Suzuki Foundation, the grassroots movement aims to see the right to a healthy environmental, including the rights to fresh air, clean water, and safe food, enshrined in our Canadian constitution.

As Calvert wrote in the Meaford Independent, “Municipal governments make decisions, such as on transportation, housing density, waste disposal, that affect the quality of the environment. Local governments also have the power to pass bylaws to protect residents from environmental harm. A municipal declaration is a commitment to principles that will protect, fulfill and promote the right to a healthy environment.”

The declaration also states:

3. The Municipality shall apply the precautionary principle: where threats of serious or irreversible damage to human health or the environment exist, the Municipality shall take cost effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens.

4. The Municipality shall apply full cost accounting: when evaluating reasonably forseeable costs or proposed actions and alternatives, the Municipality will consider costs to human health and the environment.

5. The Municipality of Meaford shall review the objectives, targets, timelines and actions of the “Sustainable Meaford” plan and related Official Plan policies, and evaluate progress towards fulfilling this declaration.

6. The Municipality of Meaford calls upon the Province of Ontario and Federal Government of Canada to formally and meaningfully recognize that all people have the right to live in a healthy environment and direct Staff to forward this declaration to the Province and Federal Government for consideration with respect to future updates to the Environmental Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

posted February 7th, 2015
Hit the slopes for cancer care in the Meaford area

Here’s a rare chance to ski one of the area’s finest private slopes and support the Meaford Hospital Foundation. Next Wednesday, ski at Georgian Peaks and $20 of your $50 ticket will go directly to the MHF to support enhanced cancer care facilities in the area.

The Georgian Peaks Club offers some of the most diverse terrain on the Escarpment, ranging from easy to difficult. The 24 trails offer spectacular views of Georgian Bay.

Head out on Wednesday, February 11 and help expand the cancer care services at the Owen Sound Hospital.

posted January 29th, 2015
Ontario announces grants for projects for seniors

Ontario is accepting applications for the Seniors Community Grant Program from from January 28 through March 27. The $1 million program is intended to give seniors more opportunities to participate in their communities. Last year’s grants went toward projects to help seniors learn skills (such as cooking or mastering their iPads) and encouraging physical activity (including dance, lawn bowling and tai chi.) So far, the program has supported 179 projects and helped 43,000 seniors across the province.

The Seniors Community Grant Program will support projects that allow seniors to contribute to all aspects of community life. Individuals representing non-incorporated seniors groups, incorporated not-for profit organizations, municipalities, Local Service Boards and Aboriginal groups are eligible to apply for Seniors Community Grants.

As of 2015, for the first time, people over 65 account for a larger share of the population than children under 15.

Learn more about the grants here.

posted September 22nd, 2014
Meaford’s new medical centre officially open

The new Don Bumstead and Family Medical Centre held it’s grand opening yesterday, and the building was busy as folks toured the long-anticipated facility adjacent to Meaford Haven.

Don Bumstead Medical Centre

With the new clinic in place, the effort to attract new doctors to the area is well underway. Both the Meaford and the Blue Mountains clinic, in Thornbury, can support four family physicans, and the Meaford medical centre has already attracted one new family physician to Meaford.

Another established local health services company, Georgian Bay Physiotherapy, is also moving into the clinic.

posted September 6th, 2014
Meaford community gardens great for gardeners and the community

Small community garden plots were on the list of desired features at Meaford Haven for many of our virtual focus group respondents . But in Meaford, community gardening opportunities abound.

Three years ago, a group of citizens created Meaford’s first community garden at Georgian Bay Secondary School (GBSS), with the goal of education and developing the skills required to produce quality, fresh, locally-grown foods and encouraging people to enjoy it as part of their everyday diet.

Transition Meaford, Golden Town Outreach (GTO) and the students and teachers at GBSS collaborated on the project, and a year later they opened up space for private gardeners to grow their own food along with food for the GTO Foodbank. Then, in 2013, two new gardens cropped up: the “Village Green” at Victoria Village and another at the Church of the Nazarene, where GTO’s Foodbank is located. The expansion included raised beds, a tree nursery, a communal tomato patch and rhubarb. And that year, the group also received a Spark advocacy grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“There are so many advantages to be shared,” says the group’s Bill Monahan. “Food security, building a community spirit, healthy exercise for all participants. On top of that, it’s a fun thing to do and it gets people outdoors.”

The group is looking for interest and participation from Meaford residents. “But it’s about people, not money. We’re looking for enthusiastic citizens who want to be part of the dynamic and rewarding effort to localize food production so that fresh, organic produce is available to everyone.” To get involved, contact Jaden Calvert at or at 519.538.0628.

The Meaford Community Gardens Market will continue to run on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene on Trowbridge Street until the produce is gone.

posted August 2nd, 2014
Four ways to treat yourself royally at Meaford-area spas

Some say Meaford’s relaxing enough; who needs the spa treatment? We say, you can never treat yourself too nicely. Here are four spa locations to visit in the Meaford area.

Solitudes Spa and Tanning Studio

When you walk into Solitudes Spa and Tanning Studio in the beautiful town of Meaford, you immediately sense you’ve entered a soft and soothing, very private place. Flickering candles, tranquil music, and lavender-chamomile infused freshness ebb away your tension. Solitudes’ guests relax in cozy terry robes, sipping their favourite teas.

Janine Doucette, who co-owns Solitudes with her husband Bryon, has extensive training in all spa treatments, and specializes in advanced skin care, hot stone massage, facials and body wraps. “I believe that when you cross the threshold of the spa, you leave all your cares and troubles at the door,” says Janine. “Whether you stay an hour or a full-day, you’ll leave relaxed, revitalized, and glowing.”

Meaford spas

The Falls Inn & Spa

Located in the hamlet of Walters Falls, adjacent to the namesake falls, this is a great location in which to get away and get relaxed. Spa services include massage, facials, body scrubs, manicures, gell nails, pedicures, eyelash application, couples services, waxing, bridal and bridal party services.

The Lillypad

The Lillypad has created an inviting and comfortable environment in a historic century old home in the heart of Thornbury. Its goal is to make your visit to the Lillypad a relaxing, warm and enjoyable experience, and the spa has earned a “Green Spa” rating as a result of practices employed over the last six years at Lillypad Club Intrawest.

Liz Schleifer successfully operated a Spa in Collingwood for 12 years and six years at Club Intrawest. The Lillypad has designed a tranquil space for your comfort and well-being. Soothing music, skilled therapists and delicious scents transport you to a world of peace and serenity. Experience and a commitment to using all natural, vegan products ensures a healthy and enjoyable visit in the peaceful Thornbury home.


In addition to massage and other spa services, Scandinave is famous for its Scandinavian baths and hydrotherapy. In addition to cleansing the body, they stimulate blood circulation and the release of endorphins. All of the senses are awakened; muscles are soothed; a general sensation of well-being washes over you. They include the Eucalyptus Steam Bath, Finnish Sauna, Hot Baths, Nordic Waterfall, Cold Showers, Cold Plunge Baths and, in winter, a roll in the snow!

posted March 7th, 2014
It’s not too late for a great skate

While some warmer weather has the maple sap flowing, there’s still time to get your ice time in at the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre.

For only $2, you can enjoy an hour or two of skating with friends and family. Adult skate days are held Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a few spins around the ice with musical accompaniment.

Bring the kids along for free public skating on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Or get the gang together for Adult Shinny Hockey. $50 gets you 50 minutes of ice time, available Saturdays from 10:05 to 10:55 a.m. through March 22. Non-contact, self-regulated fun (with helmets mandatory).

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