Young girl picking blue berries

Recreational Activities

Residents of all ages and interests enjoy year-round sports and recreation in Chatham-Kent. From walking or running along one of over 40 municipal trails to joining local sports clubs and teams, there are plenty of opportunities to make friends and stay fit! A number of organizations in Chatham-Kent offer indoor and outdoor sports. There are many teams and leagues to join and sports facilities that offer activities and bookings. Visit Live Active, Experience Recreation to learn more and to check out RecConnect – Chatham-Kent’s online program registration and facility browsing tool. 

Other programs can be found through the Thames Art Gallery and the YMCA, which provide state-of-the-art programs and facilities to the area for adults and children. More information about children’s activities can be found through schools, and places of worship.

Chatham Camera Club offers photographers the ability to connect, share resources, and develop their skills year-round. The group actively interacts with other clubs and national organizations to promote and further the art of photography in the community. Club members sometimes judge and promote local photography contests, and host seminars to help educate and encourage the enjoyment of photography.

Seasonal Activities

Enjoy all four seasons, and extended warm weather months, in Chatham-Kent with a variety of activities. Bird watching, swimming, camping, hunting, hiking, golf, water sports, and visiting the zoo are some of the seasonal activities available during the warmer months. Boating is enjoyed throughout Chatham-Kent with docs in Wallaceburg and Chatham, and public boat launches and marinas in several communities.

Spend the autumns going for ghost walks and visiting agricultural attractions like the Corn Maize and fruit picking, and your winters skatingcurling, and ice fishing.

Special Events

There are many special events and festivals for you and your family to enjoy in Chatham-Kent throughout the year. Popular annual events include the Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing (WAMBO),  RetroFest, Canada D'eh, Ridgetown's Festival of Porches & Verandahs, and North Buxton's Homecoming. Annual agricultural events include Blenheim Cherry Fest, the Pain Court Truck & Tractor Pull, and the Thamesville Threshing Festival. In 2019, Flight Fest was held for the first time at the local Chatham-Kent Airport.

Visit the Tourism site to learn more about our community’s activities and family outings, and the Chatham-Kent Event Calendar for upcoming events.