Parks and Trails
Chatham-Kent is home to 166 family-friendly community parks, as well as two lakeside Provincial Paks (Rondeau and Wheatley), and over 45 public trails. Together, they provide ample opportunity for residents and guests to explore nature, and have a great time outdoors.
Twelve of the community parks are equipped with picnic shelters. These shelters can be reserved for events to guarantee shade and protection from wind and rain. Some parks are also equipped with splash pads, water fountains, bathrooms and portable toilets.
Rondeau Provincial Park is located off the shores of Lake Erie, and is prized for being the largest Carolinian forest in Canada. Rondeau offers:
- A wide variety of beautiful trees and prairie grass
- Excellent bird watching – identified as a Canadian Important Bird Area
- Camping – opens April 1st and closes the last Sunday in October
- Boating, canoeing, kayaking, sail-boating, windsurfing and motor boating
- Fishing and phenomenal wildlife viewing
- Hiking on six unique trails
- Biking on three trails
Wheatley Provincial Park is one of the most visited provincial parks in Ontario, and is home to lush forests and creeks. The 596-acre park provides an excellent recreational setting for birders, naturalists and campers. One of the highlights of this provincial park is the astonishing view of many migrating and breeding birds. Wheatley offers:
- Excellent bird watching along a bird migration route
- Camping on 220 sites, including three group sites that accommodate up to 50 people
- Boating and canoeing
- Fishing and wildlife viewing
- Hiking on two trails
For information on all public trails, including location and amenities, visit the Chatham-Kent Trails website.
Chatham-Kent is home to eight sandy beaches along the shores of Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and Mitchell's Bay. Residents and visitors participate in fun activities like swimming, beach volleyball, sunbathing, and so on. Chatham-Kent's docks also allow for boating. Some of our more popular beaches include:
- Rondeau Provincial Park – Boasts the regions longest beach with 14 km of sand stretching along Lake Erie.
- Erieau – Features a scenic pier with a lighthouse, park and playground, beach volleyball court, and barbecue grills.
- Mitchell's Bay – Known for warm shallow waters, and offers a playground with a splash pad.
Many of the beaches and rivers have access to boating. Find more information here
All beach locations are listed below:
- Mitchell’s Bay, 2 Main St.
- Clearville Park, 18498, Clearville Rd.
- Erieau Beach, 1315 Mariners Rd.
- Rondeau Provincial Park, 18050 Rondeau Park Rd., Morpeth
- Terrace Beach, 12102 Rose Beach Line
- Wheatley Provincial Park, 21116, Klondyke Rd.
- Getty’s Beach, Pier Rd., Wheatley
The Seasonal transit route to recreational activities in the North Kent (Mitchell Bay) and South Kent (Erieau) runs during the summer months. Route "S1" will serve Chatham, Erieau and Mitchell Bay with stops in Grande Point, Pain Court, Charing Cross and Blenheim. The service runs annually from the Victoria Day weekend in May and continues though until Labour Day. Route S1 will operate every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between the hours of 9:00am and 8:00pm.
Campers in Chatham-Kent are spoiled with a pleasant southern climate and extended camping season. Whether you choose a setting in the thick of a Carolinian forest, or along the shore of a great lake, our campsites provide scenic backdrops for people looking for a getaway. Campsites can be found at our two provincial parks (Rondeau and Wheatley), Private Campgrounds, C.M. Wilson Conservation Area, and Cabins for rent in one of Chatham-Kent’s waterfront communities.
Click here for more information about camping in Chatham-Kent.