Set in the heart of Ontario’s Great Lakes District, Chatham combines coastal living with country charm. Whether you’re looking to relax on a white-sand beach or explore rolling valleys filled with rustic vineyards, Chatham promises a rewarding holiday.
Things to do in Chatham-Kent
See a beautiful curation of contemporary artwork at the Thames Art Gallery, which showcases a different Canadian artist every six weeks. If you’re interested in local history, visit the Black Mecca Museum to discover the story of Chatham’s First People and learn how the small town became a haven for runaway slaves.
Venture into the Chatham countryside for an adventurous road trip, where you can sample flavourful Canadian wines at Early Acres Estate Winery before dropping by Son’s of Kent Brewing Co for live music and a tasting paddle of craft beer. Don’t miss Bella Chocolatier & Gifts, where the velvety truffles melt in your mouth.
Divers will enjoy the aquamarine water of Lake Erie, Canada’s second largest freshwater lake renowned for its well-preserved shipwrecks. Experienced divers can explore Admiral Shipwreck, while beginners can learn at White City Pier. The lake is also a fantastic spot for fishing, hiking and riding, as well as swimming at Crystal Beach.
Wildlife enthusiasts can stroll the boardwalk at Point Pelee National Park, home to flocks of migratory birds and vivid butterflies. The trail passes over the Chatham Marches and features information boards about the native Erie and Chippewa people who lived in Chatham almost 6,000 years ago.
Getting around Chatham-Kent
Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport and Windsor International Airport are both around 80 kilometers from Chatham. Chatham is connected to Toronto and Windsor by trains and the rest of Canada by InterCity buses. The town is easily explored on foot or by bus.