The Ryde Community Co-op is a community hub like no other. Located on five acres in rural Ryde at 1624 Barkway Road. “Powered by Volunteers” and “Fueled by Community”, this former two room public school has been transformed. We have “raised the roof”, we have a Green Card kitchen and now boast a fully accessible live log outdoor pavilion. We are looking forward to multigenerational, inclusive programs and events that enrich lives. It is people who define community. It is “us”, “we” and “you”. Come and see for yourself at the “Little Building with a Big Heart”. Become a member and make that community connection.
We are committed to improving the quality of life of our members, their families, and our community.
“When you get together with like-minded people in your community, you can come up with the inspiration and ideas to keep neighbours well.” ...
What people are saying about the Co-op....
“The Ryde Co-op has brought our community together through multi-generational programming and events. Their dedication to providing the community with a holistic lifestyle is appreciated by all.” Caitlen Tingey
“It takes a village to raise your children and the Co-op provides us a great environment to get to know others in the community, have fun with enriching activities and be there for each other when needed.” Chantelle Marchildon
The Ryde Barn Quilt Trail is located in the former Ryde Township, now part of the town of Gravenhurst. The first quilts were erected in 2014 to commemorate 135 years of settlement in Ryde. Since then, new quilts have been added. Some buildings are historic, some are new, all have a story to share.
Since becoming the Ryde Community Co-operative in 2000, the Co-op has evolved into a volunteer driven, community based, not-for-profit charitable organization, providing social, wellness and educational programing and events for all ages.
Our building was originally the Ryde Public School - A two-room school house. It operated from 1962 until 1999.
For 15 years from 2001 until 2015 the Ryde Community Co-op leased the building from the Town of Gravenhurst.
In 2016 the Ryde Community Co-op purchased the building from the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
In Summer of 2018 we put a new roof on the building.