Rotary Club of 


Rotary Club of Ridgetown

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It is a pleasure to welcome you to Rotary Club of Ridgetown’s website.

Ridgetown, Ontario  is a community located in south-east Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada. It is home to the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. It has a population of roughly 3,500 and is one of many small farming communities in Chatham-Kent.

Ridgetown was incorporated as a village in 1875 with just over 2,000 citizens. In 1975, Ridgetown celebrated its centennial. Residents celebrated by dressing in 1875 costumes, conducting beard-growing contests, barbecues, and other activities.

The Rotary Club of Ridgetown bought the Galbraith house and formed the Ridgetown Historical Society. The Ridge House Museum is now a living history museum that gets many visitors. 

Major crops in the area are soybeans, corn, wheat, tomatoes, tobacco and seed corn. In neighboring areas you will find sugarbeets and vegetables including peas, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cucumbers, peppers and carrots.

Ridgetown is known for its Victorian architecture. Everywhere you look, you will see very decorative original Victorian homes and other buildings.

There are many events scheduled for our community each year. Some of which include: The Horticultural Society’s Garden tour in mid-June, The Rotary Antique Car Show in mid-July, East Kent Vintage Tractor show in early August and Farmers Markets on Saturday mornings 8am-12pm throughout July and August.

Ridgetown’s close proximity to the sandy beaches of Rondeau Provincial Park is another great reason to visit our area. Rondeau Park is well known for bird watching along with hiking, windsurfing, kite boarding, waterskiing and fishing.