Ridgetown Friendliest Town in Ontario
Ridgetown is known as “the friendliest town in Ontario” and is home to many visitor services and the Ridgetown Agricultural College, whose gardens and facilities may be toured. The nearby shores of Lake Erie offer a number of attractions:
Built in 1875, the Ridge House Museum is housed in a typical Ontario style home with period furnishings to portray the values and lifestyles of a middle class family. The Ridge House structure and grounds have been restored and are maintained to their Victorian roots. Ridge House Museum also presents exhibitions at the Mary Webb Centre community and performing arts venue in Highgate.
Rondeau Provincial Park, on Rd 17, has many unusual sights for campers and nature lovers; tulip, hickory, hornbeam and sassafras trees, wildflowers and scores of unusual bird species. The peninsula is a unique sand spit formation that contains numerous trails and boardwalks for walking and bicycling. The park has 14 km. of lovely beaches, a boat launch, a playground, evening programs and bicycle rentals. Diverging ridges and sloughs create a landscape that is fun to explore. The Marsh Trail viewing tower provides a good vantage for watching waterfowl, rare reptiles, amphibians and spectacular sunsets over the bay.
Take a "gander" at Greenview Aviaries Park & Zoo, just east of Morpeth on Rd 3. The park features immaculately groomed flowerbeds, walkways, ponds, spectacular water gardens and a lookout tower. The resident creatures create a cacophony of sounds and colourful visual displays that delight visitors of all ages. Visitors can see exotic birds, beasts and domestic animals that can be petted, too. Families can enjoy a picnic area, playground, cable ride and a water splash pad.