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Situated on the southern shore of Georgian Bay, Meaford is located eleven km west of Thornbury and 27 km east of Owen Sound on Hwy 26. The Municipality of Meaford includes the small hamlets and communities of Annan, Bognor, Leith and Woodford.

Population: 11,100
Median Age: 50.4

Meaford is located within the Southern Georgian Bay Region - known as one of Canada's finest four season resort areas. The Bighead River runs through the surrounding country side and drains to Meaford Harbour, one of Georgian Bay’s finest, and home to the Georgian Bay Canadian Coast Guard station. The ski hills of the Blue Mountains are just minutes away.

Meaford is home to Meaford Hall, the premier arts and cultural centre in Southern Georgian Bay. For nearly a century, the Hall has echoed with music, drama, and debate, serving as the political, social and cultural heart of Meaford. Newly restored, renovated and outfitted with state-of-the-art staging, the Hall is a four-season venue which hosts a wide variety of live entertainment, business events, and social gatherings.

Meaford’s many heritage sites such as Leith Church (the burial site of Tom Thomson) and the WWII memorial stained glass windows of Christ Anglican Church will delight the history buff. As well, urban Meaford is the location of Beautiful Joe Park, commemorating the dog story by Margaret Marshall Saunders that was the first Canadian book to sell more than a million copies.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Meaford offers camping, sport fishing, golfing, bird watching and so much more. Hiking or biking along our extensive trail system including the Georgian Trail, Bruce Trail and John Muir “Trout Hollow” Trail is a naturalist’s dream. World class cycling is found in our many hills and valleys. Festivals abound. Bring the entire family and experience our many seasonal events- Apple Harvest Craft Show, the Scarecrow Invasion, and Canada Day at Bognor or Leith. Come and enjoy what Meaford has to offer and experience the warmth and friendliness of our community.

The Economy
Since the first plantings in 1846, the South Georgian Bay area including Meaford has enjoyed the distinction of being Ontario’s most northern apple-producing area. There are approximately 12,000 acres of land currently being used for apple production. Today Meaford’s favourable microclimate hosts an increasingly diversified agribusiness sector. The deep cool water of Nottawasaga Bay combined with the protective Niagara escarpment to the south moderate air temperature and reduces the risk of late spring or early fall frost.

Town of Blue Mountains

The Town of the Blue Mountains is nestled between Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment and is comprised of two communities, the town of Thornbury and the village of Clarksburg. The Beaver River runs through these communities into Georgian Bay. 

Population: 6,453
Median Age: 54.2 

Featuring a wine bar, cheese gallery and coffee bar known for its award winning beans, Thornbury‘s quaint downtown core has a number of great restaurants and is steps away from the beach. Clarksburg, the hidden gateway between the picturesque back roads of Beaver Valley, the slopes of the The Blue Mountains and shores of Georgian Bay, has many art galleries and boasts the active Marsh Street Centre. This riverside village has a weekly farmer’s market and a Thanksgiving Apple Harvest Festival. 


The Blue Mountains offer many opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and biking, sailing, and golfing in the summer. The hilly rural area with well paved roads provides favourite routes for cyclists. Thornbury has Little River Beach, a great place to relax and swim! In the spring and fall you may see fish attempting to climb the ladder to their spawning grounds in the Beaver River. The river also provides abundant fly fishing and kayaking opportunities. 

The Economy

The economy in the Blue Mountains is centred around tourism, with many ski resorts to visit during the winter months, mountain biking, golf and beautiful beaches in the summer. The South Georgian Bay area enjoys the distinction of being Ontario’s most northern apple-producing area. There are approximately 12,000 acres of land currently being used for apple production. Most recently, several vineyards have also begun production. 

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