What to do and see in Chatham, Canada: The Best Places and Tips

August 27, 2017 Hector Krause

Discover the best top things to do in Chatham, Canada including Kingston Park, Chatham Capitol Theatre, Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, Chatham-Kent John D Bradley Convention Centre, Black Mecca Museum, Thames Art Gallery, ARTspace, Sons of Kent Brewing Co, Chatham-Kent Museum, Kent Branch Library of The Ontario Genealogical Society.
Restaurants in Chatham

1. Kingston Park

Off St. Clair Street, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Kingston Park

Reviewed By amber m

Seriously awesome park and it's great to ride your bike there and especially go on the huge hill and it's off of St.clair in Chatham ontario and the best part is actually the water park it's huge

2. Chatham Capitol Theatre

238 King St W, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N7M 1E7, Canada +1 519-380-0174
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Chatham Capitol Theatre

The Chatham Capitol Theatre is a 1208-seat performing arts centre in the heart of downtown Chatham that presents over 100 Performances and 75 films annually.

Reviewed By Larson-7 - Oakville

The renovations to this movie theatre are superb in terms of Seating comfort, visibility and overall decor.
The Seating is 1200 + with great views from all seats, good acoustics, stage size and washrooms and bar areas.
We recently attended a Buddy Holly tribute show starring Jeff Giles who put on a fun filled , excellent musical show featuring music of that era.
Parking is nearby and free , restaurant choices are available within a 2 minute walk or all over the city.
Well done City of Chatham and St. Clair College on the renovations and use of this great venue !!

3. Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

21975 Ad Shadd Rd | N0P 1Y0, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N0P 1Y0, Canada +1 519-352-4799
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5 based on 36 reviews

Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

THE ELGIN SETTLEMENT, which was for many the last stop on the Underground Railroad, was founded in 1849. THE MUSEUM SITE INCLUDES the Buxton Museum, S.S. #13 Raleigh (Buxton) Schoolhouse (1861), the Colbert/Henderson Cabin (1854), and the Shadd Barn (restoration completed in 2009). Local church Cemeteries (1857) are on the grounds adjacent to the museum. Facilities include a large picnic shelter and barbecue, washrooms, a wheelchair access ramp to the museum and plenty of free parking. Of special note is the Research Area, which contains resource materials, pertaining to local history and genealogy.

Reviewed By MARYLOUESSEX - ESSEX

This is a fantastic place to visit to learn all about the Black slaves who settled here on the Underground Road. The lady who rook us on a personal tour, Shannon Prince, is a 6th generation relative of one of these free slaves.
She gave us a fantastic history of the area, took us in the school, which she attended along with her siblings in the 60.s. The schoolhouse alone is worth the entrance fee of just $5 for seniors. Here were taught, in one big classroom, children from Grade 1 to Grade 8. There were over 100 children taught by one teacher back in the late 1800's. It still has the original tin walls & is a brilliant place to reminisce about your own school days & what an easy ride we had in education.
The church on the site is worth a visit too as is the cemetery where a lot of the first settlers are laid to rest..
This little piece of history is well worth a visit & worth every penny of the entrance fee.

4. Chatham-Kent John D Bradley Convention Centre

565 Richmond St | N7M 1R2, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N7M 1R2, Canada +1 866-437-8703
Excellent
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Chatham-Kent John D Bradley Convention Centre

The Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre is the preferred option for conventions, conferences, weddings, tradeshows and special events in Southwestern Ontario. The Centre offers the best of both worlds. We are the fresh face amid your meeting and convention venue choices and we have the respected experience of the Compass Group management behind us. With rooms that can accommodate from 10 to 1800 people, you will enjoy the highest quality facilities for small and large groups.

Reviewed By tbrandall - Chatham, Ontario, Canada

The OPP Veterans' Association held its 47th Annual General Meeting at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre on May 26th and 27th, 2016. It was a two day affair culminating with a closing banquet. The event was almost two years in the planning in consultation with Carol Summers, the Event Manager. She was a great help in coordinating our meetings and responding to our every whim. The meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner were all catered and worth every penny.....a hearty well done to Andy, Carol and all the support staff for a job well done!

5. Black Mecca Museum

177 King St E, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N7M 3N1, Canada +1 519-352-3565
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5 based on 10 reviews

Black Mecca Museum

The Black Mecca Museum is a Black History Museum in the heart of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Located in close proximity to Downtown Chatham, The Black Mecca Museum tells the story from Slavery, the Underground Railroad and Life in Chatham. The Black Mecca Museum will offer a great learning experience about part of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent.

Reviewed By carleecar - Chatham, Canada

I visited the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society on my lunch break and took a self-guided tour. It was perfect for what I was looking for and the amount of information available on site was incredible. I received great customer service and the employees were very...MoreHi carleecar, thank you so much for stopping in to the museum. We are extremely glad you enjoyed your learning experience! We are hoping to open a new exhibit for our Churches later this year, hope you'll stop back in then to see something new!!

75 William St N, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N7M 4L4, Canada +1 519-354-8346
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Thames Art Gallery

Reviewed By Yazhen X - Kitchener

it's a really small gallery but it contains video, real artifacts, poems, providing an interesting view experience. right now it's slave history and students' art.

7. ARTspace

165 1/2 King St W, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N7M 1E4, Canada +1 519-352-1064
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

ARTspace

ARTspace is a not-for-profit gallery dedicated to the promotion and development of Chatham-Kent artists engaged in contemporary visual arts practice. Exhibitions and art works change every 6 weeks and are accompanied by artist talks and workshops. ARTspace features a gift shop with locally, hand made goods such as fashions, jewellery, bird houses and ceramics.

Reviewed By Laurie L

The people at ARTspace are very friendly. I feel very welcome. I have been there a few times and have often run into an ARTspace artist. They've taken the time to explain their work to me, which I have greatly appreciated. The artwork is beautiful...MoreThanks for the lovely review Laurie, we're glad to hear it.

8. Sons of Kent Brewing Co

27 Adelaide St S, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N7M 4P9, Canada +1 519-354-2337
Excellent
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Sons of Kent Brewing Co

Downtown Chatham's Craft Brewery! Modern Beer. Tasting Room. Bottle Shop. Live Music. Retail Store. Good Eats.

Reviewed By Jim L

Great selection of craft beers coupled with great service. Sons of Kent provides a unique anchor to the eastern section of the downtown core. Steps from the Retro Suites, Armories and Tecumseh Park. Great place to visit. They do not have a food menu at the present time but are looking into options. Highly recommended - stop by for a sampler of beer.

9. Chatham-Kent Museum

75 William St N | N7M 4L4, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N7M 4L4, Canada +1 519-360-1998
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4 based on 13 reviews

Chatham-Kent Museum

For over 60 years, the museum has been selectively acquiring artifacts of local and national significance. Through Exhibitions, public programs, educational tours, and a museum gift shop, the museum staff provide opportunities for people to engage, interact, and enjoy the community's stories and artifacts. The Chatham-Kent Museum also includes the restored Milner Heritage House that depicts the turn-of-the-century lifestyle of a successful industrialist and his family. Costumed interpreters take visitors back in time to 1905 when stereoscopes, gramophones, and magic lanterns were the family's means of entertainment and a "modern" kitchen consisted of a wood stove, ice box and a new, all-purpose "Chatham" cupboard.

Reviewed By acedaddy - Mississauga, Canada

While the museum presents artifacts of the the cities past it was passive and not very engaging. Like a lot of small town museums they provide local info for history buffs.Thank you for your comment. We will take your feedback on visitor engagement into consideration as we continue to develop our services. We hope you will visit again!

10. Kent Branch Library of The Ontario Genealogical Society

120 Queen St | 2nd Floor, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N7M 2G6, Canada +1 855-697-6687 ext. 314
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5 based on 5 reviews

Kent Branch Library of The Ontario Genealogical Society

Reviewed By FromChathamOntario - Chatham, Canada

Staff is super helpful. Easy access to newspaper archives, geneological records, you name it. Also a dozen computers available upstairs for easy internet access. Btw, there is a cafe off the downstairs front lobby that offers fresh home made baked goods , all beverages, and light lunches.

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