Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada is a rural tourism destination consisting of a group of smaller townships including Chatham, Dresden, Ridgetown, Tilbury, Blenheim, Wheatley, and Wallaceburg. The municipality rests on the shores of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair.
Activities most enjoyed in the community and surrounding areas include BMXing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, birding, sightseeing, swimming, picnicking, boating, golfing, water skiing, day tripping, farm touring, kite surfing, horseback riding, scuba diving, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and xc skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
A few of the more popular activity destinations in the Chatham-Kent region include Tecumseh Park, Mitchell’s Bay, the Rondeau and Wheatley Provincial Parks and the Point Pelee National Park. Near the Town of Erieau there are more sandy beaches, hiking trails and some conservation areas ideal for birding.
Some of the attractions, history and cultural venues in Chatham-Kent, Ontario and surrounding townships include the Thames Art Gallery, Von Ayres Cultural Centre, Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the Chatham-Kent Black Mecca Museum.
Some of the events to consider timing your trip with are the Battle of Longwoods reenactment (War of 1812), an annual ghost tour (Historic Chatham Downtown Buildings) and the Buxton Homecoming (Underground Railroad).
Chatham acts as the retail centre of the region. Services important in and around the community include accommodations, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, shopping, tours, guides, gift shops, coffee houses, liquor stores, campgrounds, cell service, internet and transportation services including rail, taxi, bus and the Chatham-Kent Airport.