Map of Chatham-Kent and the Thames Valley. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Chatham-Kent and the Thames Valley with cities and towns

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Map of Chatham-Kent and the Thames Valley. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Chatham-Kent and the Thames Valley with cities and towns

Chatham-Kent and the Thames Valley

 

Sandwiched between the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Erie lies the Thames River valley, a fertile wedge of land dotted with picturesque towns and villages and fruit and vegetable markets. The region has a curious, polyglot history and captures the true spirit of agricultural innovation. Much of the former County of Kent, including the city of Chatham and the towns of Blenheim, Bothwell, Dresden, Ridgetown, Thamesville, Tilbury, Wallaceburg, and Wheatley, was amalgamated into the new city of Chatham-Kent on January 1, 1998.

 

Chatham [D3-D4] The heart of the Chatham-Kent region, this city has a winning mix of history and family attractions. The Chatham Cultural Centre houses the Thames Art Gallery and the Chatham-Kent Museum, which counts an Egyptian mummy and an 1870 steam fire engine among its exhibits. The Chatham Railroad Museum displays local railroad artifacts in a restored 1955 Canadian National baggage car. Kids meanwhile will love Wild Zone Adventures, an indoor amusement park featuring a roller coaster, mini-golf, and laser tag.

 

Dresden [B4] Dresden was a terminus of the mid-1800s Underground Railroad bringing fugitive slaves into Canada, and is home to the Rev. Josiah Henson's 1841 British American Institute, a vocational school for escaped slaves. The school, the model for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, is now a museum. Dresden also offers summer harness racing at the Dresden Raceway.

 

Moraviantown [Вб] The Fairfield Museum commemorates Moravian missionaries and Delaware Indians who came from Ohio and founded Old Fairfield Village in 1792. The Moravians, who claim to belong to the world's oldest Protestant Church, were persecuted and scattered throughout Europe, before emigrating to the New World as missionaries in the 1700s. Old Fairfield was destroyed in the Battle of the Thames in 1813.

 

Ridgetown [D6] Home to the Ridgetown College of Agricultural Technology, part of the University of Guelph, Ridgetown is also worth a stop for the Ridge House Museum, which features artifacts in an 1875 restored middle-class Victorian home.

 

Rondeau Provincial Park [E6] Ontario's second oldest park is a prime location for bird-ing. Some 334 species of birds have been observed while 134 have nested in the park. The park's interpretation center sets out the natural and human history of Rondeau through displays and live exhibits.

 

Thamesville [B5] The Battle of the Thames was a defeat for British and Canadian forces as they retreated up the Thames River from the invading American army. Shawnee Native war chief Tecumseh was killed in the battle after the British had broken and fled. Markers and a gravel road 6.5 km east of Thamesville identify the site.

 

Wallaceburg [B2] The scenic Sydenham River flows through Wallaceburg, providing visiting boaters full facilities at public docks. The Wallaceburg and District Museum affords a look at both a strong farming and an industrial community. II Walpole Island embraces 6,900 hectares of the richest and most diverse wetlands in all of the Great Lakes, offering excellent bass and pickerel fishing, as well as duck hunting in the fall. The island is a First Nations Reserve, home to over 2,000 Ojibwa, Potawatomi, and Ottawa. Walpole Island Heritage Centre provides historical, archaeological, and environmental displays and a resource library with over 5,000 items.

 

ATTRACTIONS

CHATHAM

Chatham Cultural Centre Chatham-Kent Museum J ft J Doll Museum Wild Zone Adventures Chatham Golf and Fun Centre

 

DRESDEN

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Historic Site Dresden Raceway

 

MORAVIANTOWN

Fairfield Museum

 

RIDGETOWN

Ridgetown College of Agricultural Technology Ridge House Museum

 

THAMESVILLE

Battle of the Thames Memorial Site

 

WALLACEBURG

Wallaceburg and District Museum Walpole Island Heritage Centre

 

Map of Chatham-Kent and the Thames Valley. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Chatham-Kent and the Thames Valley with cities and towns