Come Treat Yourself to What You’ve been Missing In Beautiful Ridgeway, Ontario Come for the Charm…
Ridgeway is a close, proud community of people with respect for old-time values…
A nice place to live and visit – small by choice – where local history, charm and entrepreneurial spirit are all rightly woven into the fabric of everyday life.
We have worked hard to maintain what other villages have lost: that special ‘way things used to be’ atmosphere.
We treasure what we have. It’s the way we want our home to be. And you’re invited to share the wealth!
Come for the Fun…
Visit our historic sites and museums. Come for a game of golf, boat launch or lazy lunch. Stroll along our quiet streets or sandy shoreline. Windsurf, water-ski or people watch. Take in a Sunday service, mid-week poetry reading…or performance by our internationally acclaimed Gypsy Theatre. All within a few short blocks.
Join in our Summer Festival street party (in early July) with Antique Car show, line dancing, sheep-herding…kiddy train, pony rides, bed races…baking & eating contests…arts & crafts, sidewalk sales…BINGO, street dance and live music.
“Feel the Spirit of Christmas” –when we invite you to help us decorate an outdoor trees, sing carols, drink hot apple cider and enjoy a leisurely sleigh ride with family and friends… And include out Dickens-style Open House on your Yuletide events list.
…And Discover our Shops
Stroll, Browse…Expect the Unusual. And Enjoy!
Over its 200 year history, Ridgeway has been – and still is – a diversified commercial village.
Most shops are owned and operated by local people with a variety of skills, creative talents, products and services to suit a cross-section of needs and tastes.
Visitors are welcomed with free parking, fair prices, genuine value and warm hospitality.
“Original, distinctive and quaint” applies to much of what you’ll find – inside and out – as you discover the romance of a village shop: the creaky wooden floors, eclectic décor, tinkling door bells…and friendly, knowledgeable help.
Browse artisans’ galleries and studios, boutiques, country and general stores – for giftware to hardware, antiques to appliances and future collectables.
Come for the History…
Ridgeway is the famous site of an 1866 invasion by Fenians (Irish-American Civil War veterans) attempting to “liberate” Upper Canada from Britain and “barter” it for Irish home rule. We are home to two of Greater Fort Erie’s public museums and several historic sites.
Ridgeway Battlefield Museum (in a cabin restored to its 1860’s appearance) contains a prized collection of paintings depicting the Fenian Raids and Battle of Ridgeway.
Battle of Ridgeway Scenic Drive map-brochure (FREE) lets you retrace the invasion site-by-site.
Fort Erie Historical Museum (in former Town Hall, 1874) houses a permanent display of treasured artifacts and ‘Grandmother’s Attic’ heirlooms: plus a memory lane exhibit of Crystal Beach Amusement Park with 20 minute video.
We Look Forward to Seeing You…
We have bed & breakfast, hotel/motel and campground accommodations… And service centres for your car, boat, trailer or outdoor recreational needs.
Local tours and fishing charters are available.
Ridgeway is sure to make a lasting impression… and bring you back again.
For more information contact:
Ridgeway Business Improvement Association
Tel: (905) 894-6590 Fax: (905) 894-6214
Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada
A Part of Greater Fort Erie
“Rich in more than just tradition!”