Sunny beaches, classic car shows, forest settlements, and fishing, this region of Ontario is perfectly known as ‘Maple City’. Chatham has a rich history and is named after the Earl of Chatham, since it was built as a naval dockyard much like Chatham in the United Kingdom. This small city will entice you with its beautiful landscapes, making it an extremely happy place in summers especially.

We have listed down the 10 best things to do in the city, which you should not give it a miss in this marvelous city of scenic backdrops. We will help you take a virtual tour of Chatham-Kent:


1. Visit a slave haven

If you are someone who is curious to explore the history and is supremely pleased by such artifacts and antiquity, then my friends, The Buxton National Historic Site is a place to be for such studious folks! This Museum encompasses the history of fugitive slaves escaping the USA. It was the last stop on the Underground Railroad.

2. Spend the day at a Rondeau Provincial Park

These lush green landscapes is a sight to watch! So many activities in the bucket to do, such as relax on a beach, go for a hike, catch fish or enjoy bird watching at the Rondeau Provincial Park. The park is the second oldest provincial park in Ontario and a great place to spend a day.

3. Wander around an open-air museum

Historical buff? I present you Uncle Tom’s Cabin which was a safe haven for fugitive slaves that escaped the USA. This is an extension of the Underground Railroad Freedom Gallery, the Henson Family Cemetery and Harris House. Such a rich history educates on African American history and promotes a deep analogy for self-education.

4. Chatham Capitol Theatre

An admirer of theatrics and entertainment? The Chatham Capitol Theatre offers world-class entertainment. It’s ancient and grandeur too, which may touch your historical chords. Today, it is run by St. Clair College and hosts a superfluity of different remarkable shows. Both live performances and cinemas are held at the theatre.

5. Blenheim Classic Car Show

‘Classic Car Capital of Canada’, as opined. The best part is that it’s a free show which takes place annually in June. Feel little posh just by standing next to cars that are older than 1988 and are absolutely unmodified. Grab something from the food stalls and go on a photo-shoot spree with the classic cars in the backdrop.

6. Lake St. Clair Ontario

Get on board surfers! This attractive beach has warm shallow water that is perfect for kite surfing and windsurfing. If yachting is more your kind of activity, then there are two yacht clubs outside of the city in Lakeshore. Just relax and let loose and relish the cold, warm breeze touching your heart and mind!

7. Tilbury

The fashionista inside you will crave for more when you head to Downtown Blenheim. This place offers some unique shopping experiences. Tilbury is the best place to shop for antiques. In fact, Tilbury is home to south-western Ontario’s largest antique mall.

8. Chatham Kent Ribfest

Such vibrant colours and vibes! That’s what you will love the most in Chatham-Kent which does not shy away to hold annuals festivals and events, and there are plenty of them. This annual Festival celebrates the importance of the fishing industry, food, art, while Retro Fest features classic cars and music. Lot to explore and tickle you for an extravaganza shopping!

9. Early Acres Estate Winery

Wines are not just exotic but also interestingly healthy! Spend a lavish afternoon tasting wine at the family-run Early Acres Estate Winery. This is also an award-winning winery is located right in Chatham-Kent. Take a tour pack a picnic lunch and get set go!

Author: Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell is an independent business consultant specializing in social media trends, business, and entrepreneurship

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