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Day on the Road

Chatham-Kent is big.

At 2,500 sq km, we are the same size as the entire province of PEI, so there are lots of roads to travel!
Wide open roads, interesting sites at every turn, and an array of foodie options and picnic spots for on-the-go snacking – the Perfect Driving Day in CK!

Our Top 11 iconic driving routes include...

1. Barn Quilt Trails – with 3 routes to choose from, how many quilts will you see in one day?

2. Tecumseh Parkway – taking you from one end of CK to the other, tracing the War of 1812.

3. Talbot Trail / Highway 3 – running parallel to the north shore of Lake Erie, starting at Clearville in the north and running to Wheatley in the south, this route offers lake vistas and lots of opportunities for shopping and dining (Note: parts of Highway 3 are closed due to erosion, please follow detours and obey all signage). 

4. Longwoods Road / Highway 2. 87.7 km of the highway run through CK, tracking the Thames River and taking you from Tilbury to Thamesville (and a little beyond).

5. Shore to Shore – from Lake Erie (Erieau) to Lake St Clair (Mitchell's Bay). 

6. Sun up, to sun down (Wheatley to Wallaceburg), this route takes you through small towns and villages (detour to Dresden on your way) and lets you track the sun's path.

7. Chatham's Round the River Trail is a circular route around the Thames River in Chatham - start at Parry Bridge (Enbridge Gas Head Office), cross Prairie Siding Bridge and back to Parry.

8. French Heritage – From Tilbury/Jeanettes Creek to Pain Court (est. 1854) and onwards to Grande Pointe / Mitchell's Bay – check out the Franco-Ontarian communities along the way.

9. Run the Ridge on County Road 19 – from Ridgetown to Blenheim and one quaint village to another, this route offers great views and great downtown shopping options.

10. Drive for Food & Snacks – drive our Bakery Trail, Ice Cream spots, or Patios and sample delights along the way.

11. Farm Stand Stock-Up – drive around CK to stock up on locally grown, fresh-from-the-farm products. This really is Buy Local, Buy Fresh at its finest.

Take the road less travelled and please share it with cyclists and pedestrians, and be patient with slow-moving farm equipment (We Grow for the World in CK). Drive safely.

Why not extend your stay and take advantage of one of our many hotels or bed and breakfast locations. 

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