There are so many restaurants to try, places to shop, and adventures to be had from the Lake Erie shores to the shores of Lake St. Clair in Chatham-Kent. Whether you are going on a date, bringing the kids or are a kid at heart, here are few great ideas for the perfect Shore to Shore Day in CK.
Hiking Shore to Shore
Start out the morning with a beautiful nature hike in the Clear Creek Provincial Park, near Lake Erie. Travel along the north of Chatham-Kent to Dresden to hike the beautiful historic Trillium Trail. This trail is a perfect way to explore the town, enjoying the lush greenery and learning local stories along the way. Stop in at Union Block Bakery for a delicious lunch and treat. From here, take the short drive to Wallaceburg, grab an ice cream cone from The Sugar Shack to enjoy while hiking the Wallace St. Recreational Trail. Afterwards head to Mitchell's Bay for a hike on the South Lakeshore Trail with a must take Instagram photo in the Flintstone's car. Finish the day with dinner at the Parkside or Bob 'n' Buoys and watching the sunset over the bay. CK has over 55 hiking trails scattered throughout the communities, you can mix and match several hiking combos as you explore nature from shore to shore.
The Playground Hop
This is a jam-packed day to keep the kids busy. Start out the morning climbing the rock wall at the Mitchell's Bay playground, while overlooking wide-open skies and water. Then travel into Chatham to cool off at the amazing Kingston Park with a giant splash pad and multiple play areas. Grab a sweet treat at Bowl of Cream (check their social media for times) while you watch the kids play, before heading to your next stop. As you head out to explore Erieau's beach playground, stop at Willow Ridge Pub and Eatery in Blenheim. Nothing beats a delicious meal to fuel little tanks before more play, building sand castles and making memories from shore to shore.
Early Bird Gets the Worm
Enjoy a quiet morning in nature with some bird watching at the St. Clair National Wildlife Area, a 242-hectare wetlands. Take a stroll through the historic Pain Court, one of the earliest French-speaking communities in Southern Ontario. Head to Sons of Kent's patio in Chatham for lunch and a tasting flight of their craft beers on tap. From here, you can stroll and shop Chatham's boutique downtown. When you're ready to leave the city, enjoy the views of open skies and fields as you visit Crazy 8 Barn for the best butter tarts in the region. Travel Talbot Trail to Rondeau for a relaxing evening watching the sunset over the bay with dinner on the patio at Rondeau Joe's.
Shopping Shore to Shore
Grab a friend and take a self-guided tour of CK's unique locally-owned shops. Start the day in Wheatley visiting stores like Briar Patch Studio and Old School on the 8th. Try some Lebanese cuisine for lunch at Sally's Restaurant in Tilbury, and explore the main street to shop at Bricks & Blooms and Little Bo-Tique. Head over to Chatham to shop Purple Pansy, Sonya Roe Jewellers, Barrypatch Collectibles and The Mercantile. Finish the day at Mitchell's Bay for dinner at Parkside Restaurant or Bob n' Buoys Bar & Boil. Watch the sunset over the bay while you share your amazing shopping finds and plan your next shore to shore shopping route.
Why not extend your stay and take advantage of one of our many hotels or bed and breakfast locations.
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