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 19th, 2013
Meaford winter scenes

The snow has painted Meaford with a beautiful new palette.

Bighead River in winter

Georgian Bay in winter

Meaford in winter

Meaford lighthouse in winter

Meaford and the Bay in winter

Meaford Golf Club in winter

posted March 10th, 2012
Meaford area maple syrup festivals let you get your sweet on

This weird winter is wrapping up with a string of sunny, warm days in the forecast over the next week, and our local maple syrup makers are hoping for some colder nights to help this year’s sweet crop along. But even if this year’s syrup is as rare as liquid gold, make plans to take in one of the maple syrup festivals not too far from Meaford Haven.

Saturday, March 24 to Sunday, March 25
Saugeen Conservation Old-Tyme Maple Syrup Festival
Satisfy your sweet tooth and support conservation at this popular festival which features all the tasty treats, great entertainment, expert chainsaw carver Bobbi Switzer, and a step back in time at the Pioneer Encampment featuring a working blacksmith, native re-enactors, frontier popcorn and more. This year, catch the Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the largest sap bucket in the world.

Sunday, March 25
Sweetwater Festival
Along with the usual maple syrup festival fun, Wye Marsh offers a cooking demonstration featuring maple syrup specialties.

Family fun at the Holstein Maplefest

Family fun at the Holstein Maplefest

Saturday, April 14 to Sunday, April 15
18th Annual Holstein Maplefest
Visit a 40-acre working sugar bush for an “edutaining” day of demonstrations and displays, including a taffy pull and ice cream making; a free craft sale; Splash’n Boots Interactive kids show; and an all-day pancake and sausage breakfast.

Saturday, April 21
Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival
Tour the sugar bush; admire (and buy) arts, crafts and quilts; enjoy musical entertainment throughout the day; cheer on the log sawing contest and the pancake eating contest; and much more.

posted November 17th, 2011
Let it snow! Meaford window unveiling this Saturday

It’s a winter wonderland out there. The first snow of the season is falling gently on Meaford. Now, according to the forecast, it probably won’t still be here tomorrow, but we can hope for a little of the white stuff to garland Meaford’s downtown window unveiling this weekend.

Meaford will close off three blocks of downtown on Saturday for a pre-Christmas street party, and the shops along Sykes Street will pull off the paper that’s been hiding their holiday displays. The large tree in front of Meaford Hall will be lit, and the townsfolk will gather to visit the shops, enjoy mulled cider and other treats, warm by crackling fires, and enjoy the music of street choirs. And the kids will wait with bated breath as Santa arrives by fire truck to take his place and hear their Christmas wishes.

Cook and Trowbridge Streets in snow

Pentecostal Church in snow

Meaford first snow

Cleland Clarke house in winter

Muskoka chairs in snow

posted October 6th, 2011
A fall paddle down the Beaver River

With beautiful sunshine and summery temps predicted for Thanksgiving weekend, this is the perfect time to enjoy the vibrant fall colours of the Beaver Valley from the vantage of a canoe or kayak on the Beaver River. The river meanders gently through the Beaver Valley, curving through forests and meadows making a delightfully relaxing paddle for everyone, from beginners on up. And with three access points, you can choose the length of your journey. In addition to the fall colours, you’ll likely catch glimpses of wildlife, and if you like, you can drop in a line.

Upriver, the highest access point is just north of Kimberley west off the Beaver Valley Road (Grey Road 13). For 10 kilometres, you wind through mainly mature forest, shaded by large hardwoods. While seeming wilderness, the foliage is quite a bit different from the northern paddling most Ontarians are used to, making it a unique experience. You’ll likely encounter the odd log jam, but don’t worry; if you can’t pull the boat over, your portage won’t be more than a few yards.

When you reach the next access point near the Epping road, or when you put in here, you’ll see the canopy open above you, drift through more open spaces with views of the valley, and enjoy the odd slightly swifter current.

The Heathcote dock is on the right bank before the bridge. You can pull out here, or continue through the hamlet to “Slabtown”, a favourite swimming hole. You might encounter a few small rapids and eddies in this section, before you pull out on the left bank before the dam.

Find more paddling info and maps here.

And you can rent a canoe or kayak, and even book a guide and learn some tips at Free Spirit Tours.

posted July 14th, 2011
Meaford’s perfect summer weather

As I was enjoying another fresh, sunny, warm, crystal-clear Meaford morning, looking out to see Christian Island rising above the waters of Georgian Bay – some 40 kilometres away – I thought about how nice the weather had been recently. While we could use a little more rain right now, the threatening hot, humid days hadn’t materialized. And even when we did get some 30 degree weather on Monday, the humidity dropped before day’s end for a perfect summer night.

Friends visiting from Dundas, Ontario last weekend commented on how the weather was so much nicer – warm and bright, but not oppressively hot and humid. We threw out the old line that it’s usually about 2 degrees cooler in Meaford than in the GTA. Have been saying it forever, and wondered just how true it is.


Owen Sound average for today

Toronto averages for today

In fact, the historicals on Environment Canada’s weather site show our weather two to three degrees lower than Toronto’s over the summer months. Package in less humidity, and your summer’s a lot more comfortable. Of course, you can also head down to the beach, where a sweet breeze or a quick dip in Georgian Bay will refresh your body – and your whole outlook. See you down there!

(And have another look at the stats above… looks like we’re getting another six minutes of daylight to enjoy today.)