The town of Ripley is known as the Hub of Huron for good reason. Situated in the heart of the Township of Huron-Kinloss, this charming Scottish-flavoured village grew rapidly when the Wellington, Grey and Bruce Railway built a line through it in 1874. The arrival of the railroad prompted a building boom turning Ripley into a centre of commerce for the surrounding farm country. Ripley soon boasted of saw and grist mills, grain warehouses, stockyards, and hotels.
Today, Ripley, with a population of over 600, retains much of its 19th century vigor and is still the focus of the rich agricultural lands that surround it. Visitors will find much to do in this up-to-date community with its community park, new splash pool, soccer fields, tennis courts, ball diamond, stores and restaurants. Play, shop, or just walk the tree-lined streets of Ripley for a taste of rural living at its best.
Close by are hiking trails, Lake Huron beaches, golf courses, campgrounds, and even a cheese factory.
Ripley was founded in 1852 by 109 impoverished Scottish families who had been evicted during the Highland Clearances from their crofts on Lewis Island in the Outer Hebrides. Immigrating as a group, they settled in the surrounding countryside and in the village. The immigrants from Lewis left their permanent mark on Ripley.