Nestled in the southwest corner of Chatham-Kent, the town of Wheatley is home to 2,868 people. The town sits on the shore of Lake Erie and boasts the nickname "Freshwater Fishing Capital of the World".
Wheatley is a growing town where locals and visitors alike enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. Amateur anglers fish for perch, walleye, trout, and salmon on Lake Erie. Sport charters, commercial fisheries, and recreational boaters take advantage of the port facilities of the Wheatley Harbour. Wheatley celebrates its connection to the Great Lakes each year with its annual Fish Festival in August. The festival includes family activities, rides, a signing contest, and all-you-can-eat fish fry. Locals also enjoy weekly outdoor concerts held in Two Creeks Conservation Area throughout the summer. Birdwatchers visit the town in spring and autumn to observe the seasonal waterfowl migrations. Year-round, you and your family will love Wheatley's close proximity to Two Creeks Conservation Area, Wheatley Provincial Park, and Point Pelee National Park.
Families often choose the Wheatley Area Public School for primary aged children and have access to other education options throughout Chatham-Kent for later school years. The Wheatley Public Library is also centrally located, along with locally owned shops, restaurants, a post office, and many services to meet daily needs. A short drive out of town will take you to the Old School on the 8th, an antiques and collectibles gift shop full of unique treasures in an old schoolhouse.
Wheatley is located on the busiest of the Great Lakes, making it ideal for marine-based businesses, and the town's proximity to the United States facilitates cross-border trade and distribution. Wheatley is home to Hike Metal Products, which manufactures lake and ocean-going vessels, as well as food processor Cavendish Farms.
Come explore Wheatley and stay at one of the many bed and breakfasts, cottage rentals, or at Camper's Cove, the local campground. You're sure to fall in love with the community and will be eager to make it home.