Called the “friendliest town in Ontario,” Ridgetown residents enjoy all that small-town life has to offer, like friendly neighbours and a strong sense of community. The town is known for its charming Victorian architecture and stunning rural landscapes. Its natural beauty is enhanced by the many local gardens maintained by residents and members of the town’s Horticultural Society.
Located in Chatham-Kent’s agricultural heartland, Ridgetown and area is home to large-scale farmers, homesteads, and locals who enjoy sampling local produce at the Ridgetown Farmers Market. The community is also home to the
Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph, a leader in applied agriclutre and environmental research. The school offers a variety of post-secondary diploma and certificate programs in agriculture, horticulture, environmental management and veterinary technology. It benefits from several partnerships with innovative agricultural technology research groups, including the
Centre of Agricultural Renewable Energy (CARES), the
Southwestern Ontario Bioproducts Innovation Network, and the
Ag Business Centre.
In addition strong ties with the agricultural sector, the town benefits from manufacturing firms such as
KSR International and
Martinrea Fabco. The turbines of the
Talbot Wind Farms and nearby solar farms are also evidence of the region’s emerging green energy industry.
Ridgetown locals also enjoy a range of recreational opportunities and access to daily amenities. Culture lovers enjoy exhibits and events at the
Ridge House Museum, and entertainment events at the
Mary Webb Centre in nearby Highgate. The summer festival season includes the
Boothill Country Jamboree in Muirkirk and the Festival of Porches and Verandahs, and the Ridgetown Lawn Bowling club. For outdoor recreation, head to
Rondeau Provincial Park for bird-watching, hiking and camping. Families with young children enjoy regular visits
Greenview Aviaries & Zoo, where they have opportunities to meet a variety of exotic animals. You will have access to the daily needs with local elementary and secondary schools, a municipal centre, public library, grocery store, restaurants and more. Enjoy a relaxing latte and connect with your neighbours at Ridgetown's newest addition, the Common Ground Acoustic Cafe.
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