Barn Quilt Trails
As you make your way through rural Chatham-Kent you will often times come across a barn with what looks like a quilt patch on it. That's exactly what it is! One of the best features of these trails, is that they are visible in any season, allowing for visitors in any climate, to enjoy their beauty.
Barn quilts are eight-foot square (and larger) painted replicas of actual fabric quilt blocks installed on barns. Barn quilts become rural eye candy glimpsed as we roll down our rural highways. Barn quilts draw attention to Canada’s disappearing rural landscapes, timber frame barns, and the family farm. Not always can they be found on barns however. You could see them posted as signs and other structures.
- Barn Quilts tell a story,
- Barn Quilts draw attention to unmarked historical places
- Barn Quilts make a trail
- Barn Quilts can create a themed route
- Barn Quilts lead visitors from one site to the next
Within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, there are three such trails to discover.
Ride, be free and explore what Chatham-Kent has to offer. Below you will find several touring maps made especially in mind for those of you that love to ride. These routes are not only scenic, but in many cases, they will take you to some of Chatham-Kent's most unique landmarks.
Cruise the Coast - Motorcycle Route
- Chatham-Kent has partnered with our neighbouring counties along Highway 3. You can cruise the scenic Lake Erie overlook all the way from the iconic "Friday the 13th" Port Dover. Come cruise the scenic, winding roads of Chatham-Kent. Need a Cruise the Coast map before you come, call 1.800.561.6125 and we'll send you one!
- Take a cruise through some of Chatham-Kent’s rural roads and explore the northern terminus of the Underground Railroad. Experience these three authentic and engaging sites - Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, and the Chatham-Kent Black Mecca Museum which are located in the Chatham-Kent communities of North Buxton, Dresden and Downtown Chatham. Buxton was featured on an episode of the hit CBC Television Show “Still Standing”! Ride the Freedom Trail Route and don’t miss your opportunity to tour the museums and original, historic buildings of this significant part of Chatham-Kent’s history!
Hub & Spoke
- Take a ride on this route’s winding roads and discover just a few of the many treasured communities of Chatham-Kent. Each community on this route have their own distinct blend of charm and hometown feel. With plenty of unique shopping, attractions, and restaurants will give riders an experience they won’t soon forget. The beauty of Lake St. Clair & Lake Erie can also be enjoyed along this route with must see stops at the waterfront communities of Mitchell’s Bay, Rondeau and Erieau. Renowned for some of the best fishing around, enjoy the scenic waterfronts and don’t forget to check out our beaches and other local amenities. All this and so much more while you cruise the Hub & Spoke Route in Chatham-Kent!
- The rural landscapes surrounding Mitchell's Bay, Grande Pointe, Pain Court and Tilbury showcases agricultural prosperity. These communities have maintained their French heritage. In front of the church in Pain Court an Ontario Heritage Foundation Plaque commemorates the arrival of French settlers from Quebec in the early 1800's.
- In the thick of Carolinian forest riders can choose the natural settings of two provincial parks. Both Rondeau and Wheatley provincial parks are situated along Lake Erie. Rondeau is home to the largest Carolinian forest left in Canada. Rare habitats accustomed to southern climates include the endangered Prothonotary Warbler, Sassafras and Virginia Opossum. Oak Savannah, Hickory, Sumac and Tulip trees can also be found in both parks.
The Tecumseh Parkway traces the October 1813 pursuit of the British and First Nations armies by the Americans that culminated in the Battle of the Thames. The parkway includes a stop at the Tecumseh Monument commemorating Native leader, Tecumseh.The Parkway brings visitors to eleven sites across Chatham-Kent that tell an important part of the story of the retreat. For a printable map of the Tecumseh Parkway, click here.