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Beautiful Joe Heritage Society

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Beautiful Joe Park

beautiful joe plaque 500Beautiful Joe Park is a peaceful and serene 8.5 acre parcel of Parkland on the banks of the picturesque Bighead River in Meaford, Ontario. The Park is named after me "Beautiful Joe".  I’m the hero in Margaret Marshall Saunders best-selling novel of the same name. I am laid to rest in the Park grounds, which by the way, was my backyard.  You can see this heritage sign that recognizes the efforts of the woman who made me famous at my burial site and my friends at the Society added a footstone in 2017.

At the entrance to my Park, you will find a bronze sculpture of me, Beautiful Joe that was created by local Meaford resident, Gunter Neumann. My Park is also home to a 9/11 Monument honouring a brave dog named Sirius, who was K-9 partner to Officer David Lim. There is a K-9 Monument as well as a Service Dogs Monument. The Park is also home to Paradise Islands, a place where people can have a plaque respectfully placed honoring their beloved companions. We like it when you remember us like that!

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Beautiful Joe Park is a precious natural space in the middle of our town and it requires constant care and maintenance. Without the kind donations of the public, the Society struggles to keep the Park in the beautiful state it deserves. This Society of volunteers are always looking for people to help maintain and preserve our Park. My friends at the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society organize a volunteer clean up in Spring and in the Fall.  Contact them if you would like to help.  This is a great opportunity for students to get some of their required charity service hours.

Thank you for your help.



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.