Meaford on the "Apple Pie Trail"
The pretty town of Meaford hugs the south shore of Georgian Bay where the blue waters stretch to the horizon, affording grand sunsets as well as fishing and boating. The harbour, with its tidy walkways, is a snug haven for pleasure craft, while the downtown shows off fine Victorian architecture. Memorial Park offers free swimming and day use along its lovely beach. Dog lovers will love Beautiful Joe Park, located at 162 Edwin Street West; a pet-friendly picnic area and pavilion with monuments to special pets and a local dog that inspired the famous novel, Beautiful Joe. Meaford Hall presents scheduled concerts and entertainment.
Famous Christ Church Anglican preserves memorial stained glass windows salvaged from bombed out churches in Europe. It opens for tours at 34 Boucher St. E., Wed.- Fri. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
The Meaford Museum displays marine and farm artifacts, traveling exhibits and archives of famous conservationist, John Muir.
The Bighead River is famous for its trout and salmon runs. Trout Hollow Trail follows the river between 7th Line and Edwin St. past scenic rapids and mill ruins. The 32-km. Georgian Trail links Meaford to Collingwood for walking and cycling. Irish Mountain Lookout presents a spectacular view from Rd 112. Hibou Conservation Area, west of Leith on County Rd 15, has a picnic pavilion, trails and sheltered beach. Walters Falls, located on Grey Road 29, has a scenic waterfall beside an historic mill site where the famous Bruce Trail winds through the valley. Nearby Bognor Marsh has trails to explore its wetlands at 104277 Grey Road 18.