Meaford Ontario is a small town on Georgian Bay in Canada, situated between Collingwood and Owen Sound.
It's part of the holiday region known as the Georgian Triangle and across the bay from Wasaga Beach.
Meaford was one of the wealthier towns along Georgian Bay during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
With all the babyboomers retiring out of Toronto, Meaford is again becoming an upmarket place to live, which makes it a good place to visit with fine restaurants and cultural events.
Today Meaford retains its old-world charm in the shape of fine Victorian buildings and broad maple-lined streets. It's harbour is a marina for pleasure craft and fishing folk. It's so peaceful you can see loons fishing there.
Fishing is a common pastime in Meaford and the town holds annual an salmon and trout fishing derby, as well as having charter boats available for visitors.
Meaford is on two trails, the Georgian Bay Trail, the old railway track and ideal for cycling, and the Bruce Trail, which is Ontario's premier hiking trail.
Meaford is still a centre for the surrounding farms, and in particular the apple orchards. It's a major stop on the Apple Trail, thanks to the cider making facility right in town and the upmarket restaurants serving dishes made with local produce.
The town also has a beach with campsites and RV parking spots for those hot summer days.
One of Meaford's lesser known visitor attractions is the Anglican Christ Church with its stained glass windows made from shards scavenged from bombed-out churches in London during the Blitz. These pieces of glass were collected by the then Rector at Meaford, who was serving as a Chaplain with the Canadian forces in Britain at the time. With so many destroyed churches, he had no problem getting permission to collect and send the glass shards back home to beautify the windows of his local church where they remain to this day.
Two related attractions in Meaford are the Jolley Riding Toy Museum and the Jolley Toy Store. Created and owned by the Jolley Brothers, these two attractions feature old and new children's toys. You can buy at the store, where the focus is on agricultural toys, such as tractors, harvesters, etc, but only view and ride on the exhibits at the Museum, of course. You need to phone ahead for the museum.
One place you shouldn't miss while in Meaford, is Ted's Range Road Diner. It's a bit out of town and doesn't look so enticing when you arrive, but it has the most amazing menu of game meats, elk, bison, emu, venison etc. They also do a hearty breakfast and lunch!
Meaford Ontario is a place to visit as you're touring the Georgian Bay region rather than a destination on its own. Still, in summer and fall there's a lot going on her and you can spend some hours here. If you have a boat, it's even better. The marina is at the centre of town and a short walk from everywhere.
Also down at the marina is the coastguard station, which has an old coastguard boat, the Westfort, on display.
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