About the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore

We are 65 individuals who live or work in Burlington, Ontario and believe that when you come together, you can create a bigger SOCIAL IMPACT.  We meet every Tuesday for lunch at The Burlington Art Gallery on Lakeshore and brainstorm ideas to bring together members of our community and fundraise for projects.  We support hundreds of charities right here at home and also abroad.

Ribfest is our largest and most successful community event, of which all proceeds go to charity.

We offer a number of youth programs, click on the tabs below for more information. Or click here to learn more about and join Rotary.

The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore follows The 4-Way Test

1.Is it the Truth?

2.Is it Fair to all concerned?

3.Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?

4.Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?


Why Are We Canada's Largest Ribfest?


There are a number of ways you can measure why we have the title of "Canada's Largest Ribfest."


You could measure by attendance numbers... we broke the attendance record in 2016 when more than 182,000 people attended the festival!

You could measure by the amount of ribs we sold...would you believe that more than 150,000 pounds of ribs were sold over the course of the four-day event? Well, it's true!

You could measure by the number of Rib Teams that participate...we annually welcome 19 "Ribber Teams" from across North America!

You could measure by the amount of money raised for the community...more than $3.1 million has been raised for local community organizations and charities over the last 21 years! Come on out and join in the fun and food at Canada's Largest Ribfest!

A Selection of Our Proceeds Being Distributed over the Years

Canada’s Largest Ribfest is a fundraising initiative of The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. Over the years, the proceeds from Canada’s Largest Ribfest were donated to:



Burlington Counselling & Family Services

Canadian Diabetes Assoication Summer Camp

Canadian Mental Health Association Summer Camp 

Carpenter Hospice

CCAC Child Abuse Emergency Fund

Cheshire Homes (Carey House)


Danielle's Place

Halton Aphasia

Joseph Brant Hospital 


Mobility Devices, Wheelchairs and Scooters for Private Handicapped Individuals

MS Supportive Housing Complex 

Protheses for Private Individuals in Need of Financial Support

Reach Out Centre for Kids

Terry Fox Run


Food Banks Canada

Food for Life

Gift of Giving Back Community Food Drive

Halton Fresh Food Box

Next Door Plains Rd. Meal Program

North Burlington Drop in and Community Dinner

Open Door Food Bank St. Christopher's Church

Partnership West Food Bank

Salvation Army Food Bank

The Compassion Society


Able Sail

Burlington Green

Burlington Humane Society

Camp Enterprise

Camp Manitou

Canadian Legion Branch 60

Community Living Burlington

Crime Stoppers of Halton

Halton Regional Police Smart Risk Safety Program


Lighthouse Centre for Grieving Children

Out of the Cold

Rotary Foundation and International Rotary projects

Rotary Burlington Music Festival: The Only Fall Festival

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program

The Lighthouse Homeless Shelter (Oakville)

North BurLINKton Community Group