Chatham is located at the banks of the Thames, the Sydenham river and the Snye River. The municipality of Chatham has a population of approximately 108 000.
Chatham in October
We loved the busy downtown area. No parking fees were charged when we visited this town.
We were pleased to see shops which did not belong to one of the well known franchises. It is much more exciting to explore something unknown and to talk to the owners who can run their business as they want to.
Unfortunately the weather was not exactly friendly during our brief visit in October.
We learned that Chatham offers some interesting events during the summer for visitors. They take place in the "Tecumseh Park".
Also Canada Day will be celebrated as a big event. Ethnic groups add a special flavor by presenting their original cultures which they brought to our country.
I am always happy to see how everybody works together and is being accepted.
Unfortunately we did not know that at the beginning of October an event too place which I would have loved to see.
It is dedicated to a battle in the year 1813 on the river Thames. Chief Tecumseh lost his live fighting on the British side against the American invaders.
Collect more information about the history of Chatham and the surrounding area such as about the "Underground Railway" which helped slaves which found refuge in Canada.
I was told that Chatham was the first Canadian town which had black coated streets. The ship building industry was a major employer.
Whenever we come back to this town, we will explore more things.
We had heavy rain shortly before we took these pictures. I assume that this is the reason for the muddy looking water.
We saw at the same time a groundhog posing for us.
A groundhog) was exploring the park
Unfortunately, we had to reduce our travel activities for various reasons. Despite that we visited Chatham again in 2010 to see some friends who moved to this pretty town.
they had purchased a property direct on the banks of the Thames River and were still busy moving furniture. So we could not stay for a long time.
To live here would be also our dream
A sunset at the Thames River
The "Rondeau Provincial Park" - many thanks to "Quozl" and Wikipedia
When we traveled in Ontario nature and relics from the past were attracting us. Many towns and even smaller villages look to me the same when you enter them. I could see the same chain restaurants, motels, hotels and stores.
Normally we visited downtown to find a difference by finding little privately owned stores, boutiques, artists and unique restaurants.
This applies also to Chatham.
We did not only enjoy downtown and seeing our friends but also the close by Provincial Parks. We had visited a few times Point Pelee and must come back to the Rondeau Provincial Park. I want to go swimming in Lake Erie and Elizabeth may just get an overdose of sun on the sandy beach. She always tells me that the water is too cold for her.
We also will do again some bird watching and hopefully we can rent a canoe.
So far we have not visited the Wheatley Provincial Park and its marsh.
We never had any bad experience in any National or Provincial Parks in Canada. I only wish they would offer cottages. Nobody will carry camping equipment from Europe or other far away places to Canada or feels comfortable to drive a motor home.
Wheatley Provincial Park - many thanks to "JohnTIZ" and Wikipedia
According to my judgment Chatham is not a place tailored mainly for tourism. I like such places much better than so called "tourist traps". It is certainly a good place to stay to explore all the surroundings.
Just check the Internet for reviews of the various accommodations.
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