Welcome to Meaford

About Meaford

Welcome to the Town of Meaford! Known as “The Other Big Apple”, the town prides itself on its rich agricultural history as well as in their exciting annual events and local theatre scene. Located on the shores of Georgian Bay, Meaford is a picturesque, small waterfront town. One thing the town is known for is its exception theatre scene. The Meaford Hall, home to the famous Meaford International Film Festival (MIFF) and to some of the best concerts, plays, and performances in the area.

During the summer months, the local Harbour is booming with activity, with boaters and anglers enjoying the warm weather. In the fall Scarecrows take over for the famous scarecrow invasion. During the winter, the scenery is picture-perfect, as snow gently covers the streets. The Window Unveiling and Santa Claus Parade are two annual events in town that perfectly set the mood for Christmas.

Irish Mountain Meaford

View of Georgian Bay from Irish Mountain in town

One thing the town is known for is its exceptional theatre scene. The Meaford Hall is home to some of the best concerts, plays and performances in the area. The gallery in the hall also showcases local artists, many of whose art pays homage to the great town they live in. The Meaford International Film Festival (MIFF) takes place annually over four days during the September Labour Day weekend.  Four Nights, Four Films, Four Parties, Four Meals, it’s definitely an event that you can’t miss!


During the summer months, the Harbour is booming with activity, with boaters and anglers enjoying the warm weather. This waterside town is also home to amazing playgrounds and campgrounds, with Memorial Park being a local favourite. The summer is also a great time to check out the Georgian Trail, a former railway line that has been converted into a walking and cycling trail. It starts in town and heads all the way into Collingwood, following the shore of Georgian Bay with views of the water and local nature along the trail.

Meaford Harbour in the WinterDuring the winter, the town seems like it’s out of a storybook, as snow gently covers the streets. The Window Unveiling and Santa Claus Parade are two annual events in town that perfectly set the mood for Christmas. People, young and old, love tobogganing on the various hills in town and a warm cup of hot chocolate is a great way to end a snowy day.


The town has all the amenities you may need such as grocery stores, banks, post offices, and a hospital. There are plenty of small businesses such as restaurants, cafes and shops located on the main street. A couple of our favourites include The Leeky Canoe and The Kitchen.

The town’s dedication to its history while still creating new traditions is what makes it so special. Stopping by the Meaford Museum, Meaford Hall or any of the local historical plaques allows you to learn about the rich history of the area.

Downtown Meaford
The Canada Day event, Meaford Harbour 5 km Run/Walk/Stroll, the Apple Harvest Craft Show and the Scarecrow Invasion are just a few of the annual events that you and your family will enjoy discovering.

With such a variety of activities and points of interest, from boating on the harbour to catching a show at the historic Meaford Hall, there is so much to do in this humble town. Add in the amazing beauty that surrounds you in nature and it is clear to see why the area draws people in from near and far to visit and live in!  And it’s only a 2.5-hour drive from the GTA and 2 hours from Kitchener/Waterloo.

Property Listings in Meaford

Community Profile

December Real Estate Market Report for Meaford

December saw the number of new residential listings plummet by 86% in the Municipality of Meaford, and by 80% from this time last year.  Residential sales also fell, by a solid 50% this month over last. Compared with December 2020, 33% fewer homes were sold this year.  The number of homes sold in December outpaced new listings 12-1.  The average sale price in the Municipality of Meaford was off November’s level by 10%, a decrease of more than $95,000 this month.


Local Schools

Acorn Montessori Pre School – Thornbury
Beaver Valley Community School – Thornbury
Georgian Bay Secondary School – Meaford
École St. Vincent-Euphrasia Elementary School – Meaford
École Meaford Community School – Meaford

Local Library

Meaford Public Library 
Meaford Museum 

Nearest Hospital

General & Marine Hospital – Collingwood
Meaford General Hospital 

Local Gems

Explore each section below to see some of our favourite local spots. You can choose from Arts & Culture, Local Businesses that we love, Outdoor Recreational Activities and Natural Treasures!

A Brief History

  • First settled by David Miller in 1835 and named Peggy’s Landing after his wife.
  • In 1845 the surveyed village site was named after Meaford Hall, the residence of Sir John Jervis, the 1st Earl St. Vincent
  • John Muir arrived in late 1864
  • Public School was built in 1868
  • 1872 the first train arrived.
  • Incorporated into a town in 1874 with a population of 1700 people
  •  High School was built in 1890
  •  Beautiful Joe was written by Margaret Marshall Saunders based upon her visit to Meaford in 1892
  •  1901 Harbour was completed
  •  1907 Beaver Brand Hardwood Flooring was trademarked
  •  1922 Meaford gained hydro electricity and paved roads
  •  1942 Tank Range built (now called Land Forces Central Area Training Centre)
  •  1966 Dial telephone systems are available