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Chatham Classic Car Capital of Canada

Chatham has the distinction of having an historic downtown shopping sector with an abundance of heritage architecture that is easily accessed by road or public dockage and riverside promenade along the Thames River that parallels downtown King Street. Tecumseh Park and Chatham Cultural Centre's museums, galleries and theatre provide fascinating diversions that are all within close walking distance of the downtown.

Chatham-Kent is Classic Car Capital of Canada since it has the largest concentration of car festivals, car clubs and industries in the country. RM Classic Cars is located north of Blenheim, just off Hwy 40 beside Hwy 401 exit 90. The shop is one of North America's leading automobile restoration facilities and has won glowing reviews from customers and industry experts around the world.

Chatham Skate Park features numerous ramps, rails and step-ups for roller sports or BMX bike enthusiasts. It is located in front of the municipal offices at 445 Grand Avenue West.

Thames Grove Conservation Area has a lovely picnic area, pavilion and boat launch located at 8 Kingsway Drive in Chatham.

Lighthouse Cove is a scenic port located at the end of County Rd 39 and the mouth of the Thames River. The 20-metre high stone lighthouse, built in the 1800's, marks the location of Lighthouse Cove Conservation Area, which is a picturesque picnic spot on the lake that is known to anglers for its gigantic fish.

C.M. Wilson Conservation Area is located south of Chatham off Hwy 40 at 21799 Fargo Rd. The park has a beautiful campground and picnic area with an adventure playground, nature trails and a small lake for swimming and fishing.

Chatham-Kent is home to prominent historic sites that are part of the African Canadian Heritage Tour: Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden commemorates the work of Josiah Henson who helped runaway American slaves start new lives after following the "Underground Railroad" to freedom. An interpretive centre and pioneer homestead, located at 29251 Uncle Tom's Road, present the story of this international hero; Buxton National Historic Site & Museum is located at 21975 A.D. Shadd Rd, south of North Buxton. The museum preserves period artifacts of this black settlement's cemetery and historic schoolhouse.


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