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 March 5th, 2016
Enjoy it while it lasts.

Still snow on the cross country trails. A couple of photos. One from a sunset ski last night, and another from a daylight ski today. Beautiful!

Massie sunset

Massie 2


posted April 14th, 2014
Spring skiing in Meaford

Here are some photos from this past weekend — yes, this past weekend! It’s hard to believe how well-covered the slopes are, but for those who enjoy warm-weather skiing, this spring has been exceptional. The first two photos were taken at Blue Mountain on Friday under gloriously sunny skies. And while the sun didn’t cooperate for the Saturday ski at Georgian Peaks, mild temps made for great spring conditions. It’s not over yet. Easter skiing is on its way!


posted February 22nd, 2014
Fun winter fitness programs at Meaford-St. Vincent Community Centre

If you’ve been hitting the slopes, heading out on the cross country trails, or donning snowshoes for a backcountry trek, you’ve been keeping fit and catching some of those rare and welcome rays this snowy winter. But staying in shape doesn’t have to mean bundling up for the great outdoors. Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre has a big slate of fitness programs to get your heart beating and your blood flowing this winter and spring.

Meaford fitness programs

Here’s a taste.

Tabatas is also known as the “four-minute miracle”. This high intensity interval workout torches calories and gives you better fitness gains in less than time than ordinary cardio.

If you like your fitness with a taste of fun, try line dancing. It’s 50 minutes of boot-stomping booty shaking to good ol’ country music.

Designed especially for the 50-plus crowd, Golden Jazz FunFit offers low-impact moves in a dance-based workout to improve strength, endurance and toning.

Separate Tap FunFit classes for kids and adults will have you tapping your way to better toning.

The Essential Low Back program offers a complete remedial and rebuilding program for your back. Gentle, effective and adaptable to your body size and condition.

If you’re wondering what exercise is best for you, try the Stay FitClass and get introduced to a wide range of fitness aids. You’ll do weights, fitness ball, circuits, body weight, partners, tabatas and more.

Target one of the most important areas of your body with Core Strength. Your core stabilizes your body during any type of movement and is essential support for your back.

Let’s Get Physical is a fun, musical workout that’s perfect for chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes and osteoporosis.

To learn more or to register, visit Meaford Parks and Recreation.


posted October 17th, 2013
It’s hockey night in Meaford!

The Knights of Meaford will play their very first game on home ice tonight, starting at 7:30 p.m. The new team has already completed a seven-game road trip, which kicked with a 9-8 win against the Halton Ravens. The rest of the trip was not as auspicious, but they wrapped up with 2 wins. The team is looking forward to its home opener at the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre.

knights_of_meaford

The box office is open now till game time, and if you’ve got a season’s pass, come early to beat the rush. (You can also buy a season’s pass today.)

The Knights of Meaford franchise is part of the Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League (GMHL), a developmental league for players aged 16 to 21 founded in 2006 by retired pro hockey player Bob Russell.


posted May 4th, 2013
Meaford’s new Jr. A hockey team

The Knight family of Meaford has a long business history in this small Ontario town. Back in 1880, George T. Knight first established a carriage shop in Meaford, and later expanded it into a sawmill and furniture manufacturing concern. His sons carried on the business and branched out, and today three successful businesses continue to operate under the Knight name: Knight’s Home Building Centre, Stanley Knight Ltd., and Knights of Meaford, Inc.

But soon the name Knights of Meaford will be known to hockey fans across the province. It’s the moniker of Meaford’s brand new Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League (GMHL) franchise.

Knights of Meaford GMHL

The GMHL was founded in 2006 by retired pro hockey player Bob Russell to provide exciting hockey within a developmental league for players aged 16 to 21. Seven teams played in that first season, and by last year, 15 teams competed, with the Bradford Rattlers taking the Russell Cup in February.

The team, coached by Meaford native Nathan Parrish, will play their first home game on October 17, as part of a 42-game season. The draft begins next Sunday, but the Knights already have their first player lined up: 17-year-old Georgian Bay Secondary School student Jordan Rear.

Season’s tickets are on sale now till June 20 at special prices of $125, $80 for students and seniors. Call 705-345-8509 or email meafordjrahockey@live.ca


posted February 21st, 2013
Skiing, boarding and snowmobiling in Meaford – a video tour (part 2)

A tour of Massie Hills on cross country skis

Here’s a guided tour to the classic cross country ski trail network at a local favourite – just 20 minutes west and south of Meaford. If you find it too long, scan through and pause at the best parts.

Candid Canada’s look at Blue Mountain

Last time, you got a boarder’s eye view of the snowboardcross course at Blue Mountain. Here’s a report on the event by Ndrika Anyika, who’s new to alpine sports herself. It shows the race – and some more “down to earth” skiers.

Meaford snowmobiling

If you prefer your snow with horsepower attached, check out the snowmobile trails around Meaford in this video.


posted February 16th, 2013
A video guide to Meaford winter activities (Part 1)

Super-fast nordic skiing at Highlands Nordic

This skate skier, with a camera mounted to his head, is flying. Warning: you might get a bit dizzy. It’s a little like one of those racing video games where you have to dodge the slower-moving vehicles. In this case, he’s dodging around less speedy skiers… watch out! About 40 minutes from Meaford Haven

Dick in the ditch at Kolapore

This is not Dick’s finest hour, but while he struggles up from the snow, admire the scenery in this one tiny section of Kolapore Uplands Wilderness Ski Trails – which offer 50 kilometres of varied terrain. About 20 minutes from Meaford Haven.

Snowshoeing at Scenic Caves

Up on the heights of the Niagara Escarpment, the cross country trails are great, but so is the snowshoeing. This tour gives you a taste of what to expect, including a trip across the 420-foot suspension bridge with its vista of Collingwood and Georgian Bay. About 30 minutes from Meaford Haven

Jarryd Hughes at the Blue Mountain World Cup during training with Jonathan Cheever

Blue Mountain held the Snowboard World Cup a couple of weekends ago, just 20 minutes from Meaford Haven. If you never, ever plan on “snowboardcrossing” – in which up to half a dozen snowboarders race side-by-side down a challenging course with bumps and jumps and obstacles – here’s the next best thing. Pretend you’re Jerryd Hughes, and see the course through his eyes.


posted January 4th, 2013
Meaford’s new year’s ski conditions

Meaford had a white Christmas, and as the year kicks off it’s time to break out the skis and/or snowshoes if you haven’t already. Here’s a quick rundown on a few of the local runs and trails and their current conditions.

Blue Mountain
Twenty minutes down the road, Ontario’s largest ski resort is hopping with lots of snow from both Mother Nature and it’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system. With an average base of 55 cm. and groomed powder conditions, Blue has 12 of 15 lifts open and 30 of 36 runs open, as well as one terrain park. And the Village Mill Pond is open for skating.

Conditions.

Massie Hills
Head 20 minutes in the other direction, and you’ll find a groomed 10 km cross country trail system that gives you the feel of a backwoods ski. Though we’d enjoy some more snow (and the weather guys tell us it’s coming), the trails have been groomed and are in decent shape, with a few rocks still poking through.

Conditions.

Kolapore Uplands
Yet another extensive cross-country trail system awaits you within a 20-minute drive. These wilderness trails are ungroomed (and it’s a good idea to carry a map, available from various nearby locations).

Currently, the snow’s about 25 cm deep, and the trails are in decent shape overall; just keep an eye out for rocks. At the moment a small section of trails on the 60-km system are closed for logging.

Conditions.

Nordic Centre at Scenic Caves
Within a half hour scenic drive, this attraction offers 27 kilometres of groomed beginner and intermediate forested trails with occasional spectacular views. As of today, they offer a base of 20 cm., with the entire system track-set. Skating, too.

Conditions.

Highlands Nordic
Not much further down the road, about 40 minutes from town, you’ll discover one of Ontario’s premiere cross country ski resorts. Nestled in the highlands, it seems to be in its own little snow belt within the snow belt. Twenty km of trails are currently open for classic and skate.

Conditions.

Holiday skiing at Highlands Nordic

Sawmill Ski Trail
Take a 40 minute drive in the opposite direction, and head north of Owen Sound for 10 km of groomed classic and skate trails branching off from the cozy log clubhouse. While the trails are not yet track-set this year, skating’s good, and with snow in the forecast it won’t be long.

Conditions.

Oh, and did we mention there’s more snow in the forecast?


posted October 30th, 2012
Catch the local Owen Sound Attack and cure the NHL lockout blues

On Sunday, hockey fans from the Owen Sound area enjoyed some exciting on-ice action, rubbing shoulders with other fans in the crowd of 2,700 as they watched their team down the visiting Windsor Spitfires 5-2. While arenas across the continent are left empty and echoing in the wake of the NHL lockout, small-town hockey fans can still head down to their local rinks, and those lucky enough to have high calibre junior hockey in town can get a real fix.

The JD McArthur Arena in Owen Sound, less than half an hour from Meaford Haven, is home to the Owen Sound Attack, of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Canadian Hockey League (CHL). While it plays in the smallest market in the OHL and the second smallest in the CHL (next to the Swift Current Broncos), the Attack boasts one of the most passionate and knowledgeable fan bases in the country.

Back in 1989, the Guelph Platers relocated to Owen Sound, and for the next 11 seasons played as the Owen Sound Platers. In the summer of 2000, the owners put the team up for sale, and Owen Sound fans feared the loss of their beloved team to another city. Fortunately, a group of local business people decided they couldn’t let that happen, and they pitched into a bidding war and a legal battle with a competing group to acquire the team and keep them in the Scenic City.

Reborn as the Attack, the Owen Sound team continues to attract a loyal and enthusiastic group of fans from around the area, and a little over a year ago, they rewarded those fans even more by winning their first OHL Championship.

Check out this CTV London profile of this year’s team and its early success this season.