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Celebrating the Animal  Human Bond

Beautiful Joe Heritage Society

SPRING Beautiful Joe Park CLEANUP

DATE:  May 4 - Saturday TIME: 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION:  Meet at the pavilion at Beautiful Joe Park 162 Edwin St., Meaford. We will also be cleaning the Legion Park across the river as our part of the 2nd annual Meaford Clean Up.

Tasks include:

  • Brush & Branch Clearing
  • Sweeping of all Monuments
  • Tidying of Gardens
  • Pick Up Litter
  • General Cleanup

Tools will be provided. Thank you for any help that you and your friends can provide!

Celebrating 125 years of Beautiful Joe!

Rain Barrel Fund-raiser

JUST $55- Save Money, Save Water and Make Your Plants HAPPY!

Orders must be placed by JUNE 5th, 2019

Order securely online at

Rain Barrels 008 150x150Pick Up Date: Sat., June 15th from 11 to 1 at Meaford - St. Vincent Community Centre.

Funds raised will support further Beautiful Joe Park Improvements.

Rubber Duck Race

June 8th - The Duck Race is back thanks to the Meaford Kinsmen - and it's coming to Beautiful Joe Park!

The ducks will be launched on the Bighead River just up from the Park.  As we're expecting a lazy river in June, come watch them lazily drift by, but catch some of the fun in the park!  Beautiful Joe Heritage Society will be offering:

  • Free guided tours of Beautiful Joe Park by one of our Board Members
  • Rock Painting at the pavillion
  • Scavenger Hunt

Other activities to be announced soon!

Canada Day is Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day in Meaford

Come see the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Performers!


FREE EVENT - Bring your family and your patriotic pooch to Beautiful Joe Park - 162 Edwin Street for Canada Day on Monday, July 1st, 2019

  • Canine demonstrations
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Children's Activities
  • Vendors AND  Pet-related experts
  • Beautiful Joe Park Tours
  • and even Doggie Ice Cream
    ....and more! Check back here for details

Be sure to visit the Harbourfront for more Canada Day festivities!  Meaford is the place to be on Canada Day.

Learn more about Meaford’s Heritage through their canine hero “Beautiful Joe”, known and loved internationally. And remember, when you're at the Park, be sure to pat Joe’s head for 100 dog years of good luck!

Brought to you in partnership of the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society and the Meaford Public Library

ANNUAL "Pooch Pool Party"!

Always the Saturday of Labour Day Weekend

2019 DATE: Sat., August 31, 2019 Time: 11:00 to 1:00

It's happening again! Meaford's Blue Dolphin Pool (at the corner of Richmond & Marshall) 'goes to the dogs' for Meaford's splashiest event! 2 dogs 3 balls

2 dogs 3 balls 500Competitions, contests and prizes for you and your pooch pals.

Tell your friends! By the way - No Dog Required! Join us for lots of laughs and support Beautiful Joe at this "by donation" event!

Presented in partnership with Muncipality of Meaford's Parks & Recreation department and BJHS.

Bring your water-loving pooch for an early swim, followed by competitions - with PRIZES!

Schedule of Events: TBA


Past Events have included: Dog / Owner Look-a-Like, Biggest Splash & Fastest Swim

Safety First:

Pooch Life Jackets encouraged
Chlorine is reduced prior to this fun event
Stair access and submerged bench make for easy pool entry & exit

Sorry, no humans in the pool - This is a Pooch Pool Event!

Tricks For Joe

Hi, and welcome to the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society website. I’d like to share a story with you. This is Brownie, and Brownie lived in Meaford, Ontario. She is seen here admiring the statue of her friend, Beautiful Joe. Joe was a real life dog from Meaford whose story of abuse and rescue captured the hearts of millions of people in the 1893 best-selling novel “Beautiful Joe” by Canadian author, Margaret Marshall Saunders. Joe’s story helped change the world's view of dogs from mere animals to beloved companions. The Municipality of Meaford has a whole park dedicated to their hero Beautiful Joe. Brownie often likes to visit and pay her respects to Joe in Beautiful Joe Park to thank him for the wonderful life she and other dogs enjoy today. Brownie used to live in the house of the family that rescued Joe and she’d like to honour him with a trick and raise donations for the goals of:
• Promoting and celebrating the humane treatment of all animals
• Establishing Beautiful Joe as Canada's Most Famous Dog, and
• Meaford becoming known internationally as the Home of Beautiful Joe

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Enjoy reading and participating in my website and if you would like to tell us your animal companion story or volunteer for our Society we’d love to hear from you (you should see my tail wagging just thinking about it), please send us an email or friend us on Facebook,
or if you’re old fashioned like Margaret Marshall Saunders, you can write to us at:
Beautiful Joe Heritage Society
PO Box 3304, Meaford, Ontario, Canada N4L 1A5
Tel: (519) 538-5895 Email:

Beautiful Joe Heritage Society preserves and promotes the historical legacies of both 'Beautiful Joe' and
Margaret Marshall Saunders and celebrates the natural bond between animals and humans.