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Chatham-Kent

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Chatham-Kent is a city in Ontario.

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Chatham-Kent [1] is located in Southern Ontario. The area is frequently referred to as the banana belt of Ontario. With warm springs, sparkling summers, picturesque falls, and playful winters, Chatham-Kent is perfect for vacations, adventures, and calling home.

The communities of Chatham-Kent are easily accessible just off of the 401, or for a more adventurous route, highway's 2 and 3.


The long, white sandy beaches, the fishing, convenient water access, hiking trails and conservation areas make Erieau a popular vacation getaway.

There are two Provincial Parks in Chatham-Kent, Rondeau Provincial Park and Wheatley Provincial Park, and Point Pelee National Park is nearby. There are also numerous local conservation areas.

Downtown Chatham is home to the annual "Retrofest" organized by the Historic Downtown Chatham BIA, in partnership with the Kent Historic Auto Club.[17] Hundreds of classic car enthusiasts travel to Downtown Chatham to showcase their classic cars and vintage vehicles.

Downtown Chatham is also home to the Chatham Capitol Theatre, a community-based theatre that, when it opened in 1930, was the largest in the region. The current renovation of the theatre is run under the auspices of the Chatham Capitol Theatre Association, a not-for-profit corporation with registered charitable status. The theatre has recently reopened in September 2010.[18]

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Chatham-Kent is situated just off Highway 401, connecting Montreal, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, and Windsor, Ontario; and Detroit, Michigan via the Ambassador Bridge. Blenheim, Chatham and Wallaceburg are linked with Sarnia, Ontario and the Blue Water Bridge to the United States by Highway 40. The sections of Highway 2 and Highway 3 (the Talbot Trail) in Chatham–Kent were downloaded by the province in 1998, becoming local roads 2 and 3, but they remain significant through routes and are still locally known by their old names.

By Taxi[edit]

Chatham has a selection of cabs available. There are also limo's available to rent for full-evening adventures.

By train[edit]

Chatham station is served by Via Rail passenger services between Toronto and Windsor, part of the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor with four trips in each direction daily, and the community is served by both the Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway for freight transportation.

By Bus[edit]

Main article: CK Transit Within Chatham public bus services are provided by CK Transit. Chatham-Kent has an intercity bus service, also provided by CK Transit, between all communities in the municipality except Blenheim. In addition, Chatham-Kent also has intercity bus services, with Greyhound Canada services to and from Windsor, London and Toronto, and through Detroit, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. These services stop at Thamesville, Chatham and Tilbury.

By plane[edit]

There is a municipal airport located 14 km south east of Chatham featuring a 1500m paved, lighted runway, with refuelling facilities, tie-down services, pilot training and chartered flights. The nearest airports served by regional carriers are Windsor and London.

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Chatham[edit]

  • Bradley Convention Centre
  • Capitol Theatre
  • Cultural Centre
  • Kinsman Fair
  • Ribfest
  • Festival of Giving
  • Wide variety of fairs, shows, and other events

Blenheim[edit]

  • Rondeau Provincial Park
  • Cherryfest (an absolute must!)
  • Smith and Wilson

Erieau[edit]

  • Fantastic beaches
  • Live music
  • Art in the boulevard

Wallaceburg[edit]

  • WAMBO

Thamesville[edit]

  • corn maze

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Bird watching - Chatham-Kent is well known for it's excellent birding season.

Sports[edit]

Chatham-Kent features a wide range of sports teams to join.

  • Wolfe Creek BMX [2] - Wolfe Creek BMX is a non profit BMX dirt race track located off of Creek Rd behind The Chatham Compost Depot. Wolfe Creek BMX is affiliated with American Bicycle Association (ABA) and runs sanctioned races including The Provincial Championship Series. Local citizen Tom Maciejowski along with the help of family friends and generous volunteers and contributors are responsible for the upkeep of the facility.
  • Buxton Raceway
  • Buxton museum
  • Blenheim Classic Autos [3]
  • RM Classic Cars
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden (historic site to visit)

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Below are a selection of great places to visit:

  • Bayside Brewery - Located in Erieau, Bayside features fresh-brewed pints and fantastic food.
  • Blazing BBQ - Located in Chatham, Blazing BBQ has won countless awards for their smoked meats.
  • Fat Jimmy's - Located in Blenheim, Fat Jimmy's features some quality beers on tap and great food (highly recommend their specialty pizza)

Downtown Chatham options:

  • Chilled Cork - Hidden in a secret location in Chatham, Chilled Cork is an experience in fine dining.
  • Friendz tapas
  • Elephant's nest
  • Mama Maria's

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotels[edit]

  • Retrosuites - Downtown Chatham
  • Holiday Inn - Chatham

Bed and Breakfast[edit]

  • Located throughout the municipality

Cottage Rentals[edit]

  • Located in Erieau

Camping[edit]

  • Rondeau Park

Get out[edit]

Routes through Chatham-Kent
Ends at Hwy 3Windsor  W noframe E  LondonToronto




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