Business View Civil & Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 11

72 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 11 tario L ocated along the gorgeous blue waters of Nottawasaga Bay in Grey County, Ontario, Meaford is a vibrant and growing municipality filled with heritage architecture and natural beauty. Built on the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, the community was first settled in 1845 and saw dramatic growth, with people accessing the area by steamship, road, and the railroad in nearby Collingwood. By 1874, when Meaford became an official town, it was home to a library, six churches, and a railway. Today, Meaford is a stunning four-season community, with a mix of seasonal homes and year-round residents. Mayor Barb Clumpus describes it as “a small, rural, agricultural community on the base of Georgian Bay. A very caring community, with a population of just over 11,000 total in an amalgamated township. There are two townships within the urban area of Meaford, we also have three small villages, and 26, much- valued crossroad communities throughout our large rural area.” Known for its orchard bounty, AT A GLANCE MEAFORD, ONTARIO WHAT: A vibrant municipality on Georgian Bay; population 11,000 WHERE: Grey County, Ontario WEBSITE: A DESIRABLE DESTINATION