Chatham is the urban hub and geographic centre of Chatham-Kent, with a population of just over 45,000. The Thames River flows through the city, providing a beautiful backdrop for the historic downtown area. There are two interchanges from Highway 401 into Chatham.
Chatham residents enjoy an attractive lifestyle that is simply not possible in many larger urban centres. With its reasonable house prices, urban amenities, and proximity to natural attractions, Chatham is the perfect base for young families, professionals, and retirees. Home to the Thames Campus of the St Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology and the main campus of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham-Kent also welcomes large numbers of college students and medical residents every autumn.
Several companies have recognized the benefits of doing business in Chatham. Union Gas Limited (a Spectra Energy Company), Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited (a DuPont Company) and internet/telecommunications company Teksavvy have their Canadian head offices in Chatham. A number of contact centre businesses, including YA Canada and Aditya Birla Minacs, have also opened offices in Chatham.
Chatham’s historic downtown is easily accessible from any location in the city. The main street is home to beautiful boutique shops, restaurants, and cafes, many located in carefully restored turn-of-the-century buildings. The Retro Suites Hotel is a must-see for visitors and is a popular choice for wedding parties. Locals head to the hotel for dinner at the Chilled Cork, or else grab a coffee and a quick bite next door at the William St Café.
Also located in the downtown core, the Capitol Theatre and the Chatham Cultural Centre provide visitors and residents with access to art exhibits and theatrical productions. Numerous festivals and special events take place in historic downtown Chatham, including Retrofest, a renown classic car festival, and Firefest, which showcases the skills of firefighters from across North America.
There are many recreational activities for families in Chatham. A modern YMCA facility was built in the city in 2011, offering affordable recreational activities for residents of all ages. During the summer months, Chatham residents have access to three outdoor public swimming pools and an impressive splash pad at Kingston Park. There are numerous recreational clubs and teams in Chatham, ranging from recreational leagues for children and adults to competitive travel teams.
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