Take Wellington out of the city. Merge onto King’s Hwy 401/MacDonald-Cartier Fwy and continue west to Chatham-Kent
Chatham-Kent features some of the most moving tributes of Canadian history and the best recreation this country has to offer, making it well worth the one hour road trip south of London. Within this community of communities is an eclectic selection of more than 60 attractions and tourism experiences to enjoy.
In Chatham-Kent 11 museums and several historic sites provide a glimpse of key highlights including the time of freedom seekers and the Underground Railroad, the fierce battles of the War of 1812, and the 1860 discovery of oil highlighted at the Bothwell-Zone Oil Museum to the modern-day green energy windmills at Port Alma. Visitors can walk the land of the infamous battlefield where Shawnee leader Chief Tecumseh was killed during the War of 1812 and tour the tiny cabin of Rev. Josiah Henson, known worldwide as Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Premier attractions such as the RM Classic Car Exhibit and famed automotive festivals highlight this region’s prominence as Classic Car Capital of Canada. In Chatham-Kent visitors can get up close to rare and luxurious vehicles.
Chatham-Kent is a world-class destination for fishing and birding. Along the migratory route, Chatham-Kent parklands offer frequent sightings of many rare birds. East of Chatham-Kent, anglers can enjoy sport or game fishing in Lake Erie with its abundance of walleye, pickerel and perch. On the western shore, Lake St. Clair offers excellent sport fishing as one of the last muskie lakes in existence.
Seasoned golfers, scuba divers and fans of extreme water sports consider this area a recreational resort for its pristine and challenging greens at nine well-maintained public and semi-private courses, 20 intact shipwrecks near local shoreline, and ideal conditions on local lakes and bays for extreme water sports.
Downtowns invite exploration with cultural venues, quaint boutiques, and fine restaurants all within walking distance. Scenic towns, waterfront villages, and urban centres appeal to numerous vacation styles. Whether the trip includes a visit to Smith & Wilson Estate Wines, the start of the southwestern Ontario Wine Route, a family attraction or racetrack and casino, Chatham-Kent is worth the visit.