Chatham-Kent Tourism is proud to host travel writers, influencers and bloggers throughout the year. Other times, people just have great things to say about us! 

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Summer, 2019


July 29, 2019 

Narcity Media Inc. is an online media company that owns and operates Narcity and MTL Blog. The company was founded in 2015, and is based in Toronto, Canada with offices in Montreal, Quebec. The company focuses on creating content for millennials in Canada and the United States. In July of 2019, picked up VisitCK Chatter throughout social media from Arienne (See You Soon Travel) who was visiting Erieau, resulting in this blog. 

July/August, 2019 

Lake Erie Living - 10 New Escapes (including Erieau)

In March of 2019, CK Tourism was approached by Lake Erie Living Writer/Photographer Laura Watilo Blake for content on Erieau. It's represented as one of ten "not so common" places you think of when travelling around Lake Erie. The focus on Erieau highlights it as an unexpected place in Chatham-Kent to find untapped beach beauty. You can link to the article here

June, 2019

Traveling Mitch, International Blogger/Influencer

One of the largest celebrations in Chatham-Kent in 2019 was RM Sotheby's 40th Anniversary in June of 2019, which coincided with RetroFest celebrations. Traveling Mitch (aka Christopher Mitchell) began his visit to Chatham-Kent with a stop in Erieau, a pint at Bayside Brewing Co. and a visit to capture iconic Erieau Pier photos. The trip hosted by Chatham-Kent Tourism and SWOTC included a night at RetroSuites to ensure the full breath of the celebration could be had. Dinner at Mamma Maria's Ristorante while watching a parade that included Kid Rock, Classic Cars and Mechanical Elephants. A concert in Tecumseh Park featuring the Sam Roberts Band, breakfast at Chilled Cork and plenty of up front and centre time at the Concours d'Elegance did not disappoint. 

Click here for his blog on this trip. You can also follow him for photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

June, 2019

Globe and Mail, Lifestyle Blogger Shannae Ingleton Smith

Chatham-Kent's Underground Railroad was the feature in a "Tri-Fecta Road Trip" blog with Toronto based lifestyle blogger Shannae Ingleton Smith. Chatham-Kent Tourism along with SWOTC hosted Ms. Ingleton Smith and a friend for a "girlfriend's get-away", which included stops at Buxton National Historic Site and MuseumChatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum and at Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site. To ensure each site was given ample time for exploration and discovery, the two stayed at RetroSuites, and dined at Chilled Cork and the Chatham Breakfast House Grille and Churrascaria

The article featuring the trip can be found here

July, 2019 

Radio France Internationale (RFI) "Si loin proche"

In June of 2019, Chatham-Kent Tourism collaborated with SWOTC and Destination Canada to bring Radio France hosts Celine and Laure to the three Underground Railroad sites in Chatham-Kent. Their focus was to create a show on Ontario's Black History and the Underground Railroad, and CK was among several visits. 

During their tours Chatham-Kent, interviews were conducted with site operators at Buxton National Historic Site and MuseumChatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum and at Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

July, 2019 

See You Soon Travel, Blogger/Vlogger Arienne Parzei

Stay tuned for a stunning video series on Small Town Travel featuring Chatham-Kent with See You Soon Travel. Chatham-Kent Tourism and SWOTC worked together to host Arienne to capture "24 hours in Erieau". The episode also features neighbouring tourist attractions such as Pardo's Berrie Farm and Rondeau Joe's Pub

Arienne stayed at Erie-O Motel, ensuring plenty of time to explore the beach town. Dining took place at Molly and OJ's and Bayside Brewing Co. while shopping was plentiful at the Gift Cabin in Erieau. Arienne also enjoyed time on Lake Erie with Southwest Wave Runnerz, capturing drone footage to be enjoyed by all. 

Follow Arienne on Twitter and on Facebook to see her great photos and content now!

Winter, 2019

February, 2019 

Jenelle Smit, Lifestyle Blogger/Influence

In February of 2019, Chatham-Kent Tourism and SWOTC hosted Jenelle Smit for a winter get-away. Her trip was taken to experience CK in the winter, with an eye on culinary, craft beer, boutique shopping and iconic winter sights. 

Her visit included a stay at RetroSuites, touring downtown Chatham and Erieau. Stops included Bayside Brewing CompanySons of KentBella Chocolatier and Chatham Breakfast House

You can find her video and blog here

A look back at 2018 

Valerie Howes, Freelance Writer

Today's Parent MagazineWestJet Magazine

Chatham-Kent Tourism and SWOTC hosted Valerie in the fall of 2018 with sole purpose of learning more about the Underground Railroad in Chatham-Kent. Her visit was limited to sites that would be open for regular hours during Black History Month, to share her passion and to encourage others to visit the sites. She took this opportunity to explore, with her daughter, Buxton National Historical Site & Museum along with the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum and the BME Freedom Park. She shares with us two unique perspectives. One with her daughter, for Today's Parent Magazine which you can access here, the other for WestJet Magazine which you can access here

To Do Canada

To Do Canada calls Chatham-Kent one of the top five places to visit in Ontario this February.

Click here to see why and their feature on Black History and Ice Fishing in CK.

Heather Greenwood Davis

Canadian Geographic Magazine 

In the fall of 2018, Chatham-Kent Tourism and SWOTC hosted Travel Writer and Influencer Heather Greenwood Davis who visited all three Underground Railroad sites in Chatham-Kent. You can pick up a copy of the January/February edition of Canadian Geographic to read what she has to say about Buxton National Historic Site & Museum and the Chatham Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum. She also has an exclusive online story profiling Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site which you can find here

January, 2019

Chatham-Kent has been chosen as of the the best places to visit in 2019. asked 1,000 Canadians where they would recommend travellers visit in 2019, and Chatham-Kent is a destination of choice. Read the article here.

In Case you Missed It 

 Stay tuned...we are adding all 2018 VisitCK Chatter as we speak!