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Chatham

Chatham-Kent is a municipality of 103,000 people which includes the former city of Chatham in southwestern Ontario. Located between Windsor and London, the municipality is defined as all of Kent County including Blenheim, Chatham, Dresden, Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg.

Chatham was established in the 1790s as a naval dockyard on the Thames River. In the War of 1812, the Battle of the Thames was fought on October 5, 1813; the area is also included in the signed African-Canadian Heritage Tour route as a part of the Underground Railroad.

Get inEdit

  •    From Highway 401, take exit 81 (CR 27 - Bloomfield Road) or exit 90 (Highway 40 north, Communication Road).
  • Via Rail, 360 Queen St, N7M 2H6, toll-free: +1-888-842-7245. Three stops daily on "Corridor" trains from Toronto to Windsor.
  • Greyhound, 545 Grand Ave E, N7L 3Z2 (Aboutown Transportation), +1 519-352-1491. The Toronto-London-Windsor express bus does not stop in Chatham, but two local runs per day do stop. Total time from Toronto (via Chatham) to Windsor is five and a half hours, including a 25-minute break in London.

Get aroundEdit

  • CK Transit, +1 519-436-3233. 6:15-19:15, no evening or Sunday service. Local city bus on four half-hourly routes. $2/person (local, as of 2006).
  • Many of the locations listed here are rural and most easily accessed by automobile. Note that "Highway 2" (Queen's Line, through downtown Chatham) and "Highway 3" (Talbot Trail, along the Lake Erie waterfront) are marked locally as county or regional roads on maps issued after 1998. Highway 2 is the original main road from Windsor to Montreal (bypassed by 401), Highway 3 is the road from Detroit (bridge and tunnel) to the Buffalo-Niagara region along the north shore of Lake Erie.

SeeEdit

 
Capitol Theatre
  • Artspace, 165 1/2 King St. W, Chatham N7M 1E4, +1 519-253-1064. noon-5PM Tue-Sat. Local art and photo exhibition gallery.
  • 1 Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, 21975 A.D. Shadd Road, North Buxton N0P 1Y0, +1 519-352-4799, fax: +1 519-352-8561. Museum and 1861 schoolhouse, 1854 log cabin and barn. A tribute to the 1849 Elgin Settlement, a haven for fugitive slaves and free Blacks and a final stop on the Underground Railroad. An annual Buxton Homecoming cultural festival in September recalls the roots laid by early black settlers in the area.
  • 2 Chatham Capitol Theatre, 238 King Street W, Chatham N7M 1E7, +1 519-380-0174, toll-free: +1-866-807-7770. Live theatre in former 1930 movie house.
  • 3 Mary Webb Cultural and Community Centre, 87 Main St, Highgate N0P 1T0, +1 519-674-2223. Concert, art exhibition and cultural event venue in former Highgate United Church, a century-old historic church deconsecrated in 2010.
  • 4 Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site, 29251 Uncle Tom's Road, Dresden N0P 1M0, +1 519 683 2978, fax: +1 519 683 1256. Museum based on the memoirs of abolitionist Rev. Josiah Henson (1796-1883), which inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.
  • 5 Wallaceburg and District Museum, 505 King St, Wallaceburg N8A 1J1, +1 519-627-8962. Local history from the initial 1804 Baldoon Settlement through industrialisation, including lumber mills and cooperages. $3/person.

DoEdit

 
Buxton Settlement NHS
  • Greenview Aviaries, 12752 Talbot Trail Morpeth, Ridgetown N0P 2C0, +1 519-674-3025, fax: +1 519-674-9934. 9AM-8PM May-Oct. Water park, playground, picnic site and zoo; 77-seat Duffy's Bar and Grill serves burgers, chicken, pizza.
  • Red Devil Scuba, 771 St Clair St, Chatham N7M 5J7, +1 519-358-1988. Scuba and snorkelling supplies, training, local dive excursions.
  • Wallaceburg Trails Association, 505 King St, Wallaceburg N8A 1J1. Network of on-road, off-road and water trails in and around the Wallaceburg area.

Events and festivalsEdit

  • Boot Hill Country Jamboree, 15722 Turin Line, Bothwell, +1 519-678-3434. Three-day country music festival on Civic Holiday (first weekend in August).
  • RetroFest, Downtown Chatham. Kent Historic Auto Club car show, Fri-Sat of Victoria Day weekend.
  • Ribfest, Tecumseh Park, William St. N, Chatham, +1 519-365-8700. Weekend in early July, food, live entertainment.
  • [dead link] Selkirk History Faire, MacDonald Park St. Clair Parkway, Wallaceburg. Last weekend in August. Historical re-enactment of 1804 Scottish colonisation of the Snye River near Wallaceburg. Scottish and Native displays, storytelling, crafts, blacksmithing, campfire cooking, live music highland dancing, voyager canoes and longboats.
  • Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing (WAMBO), Wallaceburg Civic Park. Second weekend in August. Antique cars, boats, aircraft, firetrucks, motorcycles. Model toys, arts, crafts, soap box derby, parades and classic car cruise. Food and drink, dance, live music and karaoke.

Fishing chartersEdit

GolfEdit

BuyEdit

Chatham-Kent is a collection of individual, separate small towns; each of Chatham. Blenheim, Ridgetown, Wallaceburg and Tilbury has its own independent downtown core with an assortment of boutiques and stores.

EatEdit

FarmsEdit

  • Delhaven Orchards, 8182 Talbot Trail, Blenheim N0P 1A0, +1 519-676-4475, fax: +1 519-676-1506. Working 400-acre family farm and store: apples and cider, peaches, cherries, strawberries.
  • Parks Country Store, 14815 Longwoods Rd, Bothwell N0P 1C0, +1 519-692-5373. 8AM-5:30PM, Apr 18-Dec 24. U-pick blueberry farm with country store and bakery, café/restaurant.

DrinkEdit

WineriesEdit

SleepEdit

 
Chatham in 1910

Hotels and motelsEdit

  • Bayview Bliss Cabins, 17655 Erieau Rd, Blenheim N0P 1A0 (on Rondeau Bay), +1 519-676-2238. Canoe, bicycle and paddleboat rentals, boat dockage up to 24 feet. campsite $15-25, cabin $60-120/night.
  • Days Inn, 76 McNaughton Ave, Wallaceburg N8A 1R9, +1-519-627-0781, toll-free: +1-866-627-0781, fax: +1-519-627-0781. 46 rooms, refrigerators, breakfast, wi-fi.
  • Molly and OJs Restaurant & Lakeside Inn, 875 Mariners Rd, Erieau N0P 1N0, +1 519-676-8812, fax: +1 519-676-6752. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Steak and seafood restaurant, chicken take-out, Sandbar Pub, eight cottages with private beach and boat storage. $60-160/night.
  • Oaks Inn, 80 Mc Naughton Ave, Wallaceburg N8A 1R9, +1 519-627-1433, toll-free: +1-888-627-1433, fax: +1 519-627-6101. Savannah Grille, lounge, indoor heated salt-water pool and health club.
  • Retro Suites Hotel, 2 King Street West, Chatham N7M 1C6, +1 519-351-5885, toll-free: +1-866-617-3876, fax: +1 519-351-5375. Street-level Chilled Cork Restaurant Lounge (22 William Street N7M 4S1, +1 519-354-7818) for casual fine dining 7AM-9PM weekdays, 9AM-9PM Sat, 9AM-2PM Sun.
  • Super 8, 25 Michener Rd, Chatham N7L 4B8 (near Hwy 40/Grand Ave E.), +1 519-354-3366, fax: +1 519-354-8468.
  • Saxony Motel, 521 Grand Avenue East, +1 519 354 4881, . Check-in: 2.00PM, check-out: 11.00am. 31 rooms with Led TVs, fridge, microwave and free internet, decorated with modern decor.

Bed and breakfastEdit

CampingEdit

Go nextEdit

Routes through Chatham-Kent
ENDWindsor  W   E  LondonToronto
Ends at  Windsor  W    E  LondonToronto
ENDSarnia  N   S  END


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