Wallaceburg is a community of 10,323 residents, located on the northern border of Chatham-Kent. It sits along the banks of the scenic Sydenham River, which flows directly into the St. Clair River and connects to the Great Lakes. The region has been home to First Nations peoples for over six thousand years. Today, Wallaceburg is minutes away from the Bkejwanong Walpole Island First Nations community. Wallaceburg is only a short drive away from a number of Canadian-US border crossings.
Wallaceburg locals enjoy a fantastic quality of life. The town offers affordable housing and a bustling downtown core with a variety of boutique shops and restaurants. Wallaceburg's marinas make the town an ideal spot for fishing, boating, and hunting. After enjoying a day out on the river or lake, boaters dock alongside the main street for an evening of shopping and dining. Wallaceburg is also home to WAMBO (Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing), an annual event that showcases antique cars, boats, buses and firetrucks. Started in 1988, WAMBO is now one of the largest transportation shows in Canada. The weekend-long event also includes music, dancing, food, and craft displays.
With the town's state-of-the-art trails and pathways for cyclists and walkers, and access to water trails, you have access to a healthy and active lifestyle. Local clubs, such as the Wallaceburg Canoe & Kayak Club, and events like the Sydenham Challenge Dragon Boat Festival highlight the great quality of life that Wallaceburg offers. Locals are active year-round, frequenting the indoor pool, arena, athletic fields, Sydenham Community Curling Club, playgrounds, tennis courts, and a skateboard park. The Wallaceburg Farmers' Market is one of the most popular in the region, featuring local produce and artisans. The Sydenham Campus of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is conveniently located for you and your family.
The community has a rich history, which is showcased and celebrated at the Wallaceburg and District Museum. Visitors to the museum can learn more about the Baldoon Mystery, a series of unexplained events which occurred near the town in 1830 and which attracted attention from across the province. In more recent history, the town has a strong association with the manufacturing sector, and until very recently was famous for its glass, brass, and sugar industries. Today Wallaceburg is home to a number of manufacturing companies including Rulmeca Canada, Aarkel Tool and Die Inc., Wabtec Foundry, and Lambton Conveyor. The town markets itself as the "Tool and Die Capital of North America" and is very proud of its skilled labour force.
Wallaceburg families have a choice of education for their children, including public school for primary and secondary years, the Wallaceburg Christian School and Catholic school for primary ages. Wallaceburg is also home to the Edward International Academy, a private boarding school welcoming students from abroad to study in English and enjoy all that Chatham-Kent has to offer. Contact North is an online adult education service which is also headquartered in Wallaceburg, and individuals of all ages have access to the Chatham-Kent Public Library at the centrally located Wallaceburg library branch.