Downtown Chatham with three storey brick buildings, detailed architecture, and tree lined sidewalks

Chatham residents enjoy an attractive lifestyle that is simply not possible in many larger urban centers. 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 Chatham 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. From corporate head offices, such as Enbridge GasPioneer Hi-Bred Limited (a DuPont Company) and internet/telecommunications company Teksavvy, to local and family-owned small businesses, Chatham is home to a broad range of local employers. A number of contact center businesses, including YA Canada and Concentrix, 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, grab a coffee and a quick bite next door at the William St Café, or head down the street to Sons of Kent for locally brewed beer.

Also located in the downtown core, the Capitol Theatre and the Chatham Cultural Centre provide visitors and locals 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. 

Chatham is also home to a Cascades Casino for a fun night out, and various diverse restaurants, cafes, and shops, always a close drive away. There are many recreational activities for families in Chatham as well. A modern YMCA facility offers affordable recreational activities for residents of all ages, and several fitness clubs are located across the city. 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 sports teams in Chatham, ranging from recreational leagues for children and adults to competitive travel teams.

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