LIVING IN MEAFORD
The town of Meaford is a place steeped in both history and natural beauty. With a double small-craft harbour, the town is a pleasure boaters’ paradise, and also a top sport-fishing destination both in Georgian Bay and along the Bighead River. The downtown, with its well-preserved rows of Victorian-brick buildings, contains a variety of shops, restaurants and services and also the magnificent Meaford Hall. One of the few original early-20th-century opera houses still in operation in Ontario, The Hall hosts first-tier entertainment and fine art at all times of year.
Locals fondly refer to Meaford as “The other big apple”, a reference to the tourist information centre in the shape of a giant apple – one of Meaford’s most prized crops. If you’re driving into town in the spring you can’t miss the rows upon rows of apple blossoms on either side of Highway 26.
Outdoor recreation is a big part of Meaford’s appeal. The Georgian Trail (on the old railway line between Meaford and Collingwood) and the Trout Hollow trail (along the banks of the Bighead River) are two nearby access points for people of all abilities to experience the outdoors. The Bruce Trail winds its way close to Meaford as well, offering hikers and snowshoers an easy way to experience the wonders of the Niagara Escarpment in every season.