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Overview of Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada

Chatham-Kent is located in Southwestern Ontario. In 1998 Chatham city merged with that of Kent County to form the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Chatham-Kent has an diverse economy, with a base in the agricultural and automotive sectors. Chatham`s roots in the automotive sector go back to Gray-Dort Motors Ltd., one of Canada`s earliest automobile manufacturers.

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  • Population: 111,925 (2001)
  • Population Density: 43.7/km²
  • Area: 2,458 km²
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 198 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Chatham-Kent, Ontario

The former city of Chatham began as a naval dockyard in the 1790`s, as it straddles the Thames River. In the War of 1812, the Battle of the Thames took place between Moraviantown and Thamesville, near Chatham. During the 19th century, the area was part of the Underground Railroad. As a result, Chatham is now part of the African-Canadian Heritage Tour. Uncle Tom`s Cabin Historic Site is a museum of the Dawn Settlement, establisherd in 1841 by Josiah Henson as refuge for the many slaves who escaped to Canada from the United States.

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Chatham-Kent's Demographics

Of the current population of Chatham-Kent, 9.5% were born outside Canada, with 70 countries of origin represented. Recent immigrants are only 1.5% of the population, compared to a Canadian average of 6.2%.

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Chatham-Kent's Climate

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Education in Chatham-Kent, Ontario

There are two main school boards in Chatham-Kent. These are the Lambton-Kent District School Board and the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. They consist of 7 secondary and 21 elementary schools. Chatham-Kent is the home of two colleges - St. Clair College and Ridgetown College.

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Transportation around Chatham-Kent, Ontario

There are four local bus routes within the city of Chatham, providing services every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday. Chatham-Kent also has intercity bus services, with Greyhound Canada services to and from Windsor, London and Toronto, and through Detroit, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois.

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Tourism and Attractions of Chatham-Kent

There are many different things to explore in Chatham-Kent like the Underground Railroad, fishing in one of the many lakes and rivers surrounding the municipality, and some unique attractions like sunken ships. Fans of rare classic & antique cars may not find a better destination to view them up close than Chatham-Kent. Stay at one of the great hotels when in town and try some of the fantastic restaurants Chatham-Kent has to offer.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Chatham
  • Kent
  • Wallaceburg
  • Charlemont
  • Muirkirk
  • Tupperville
  • Dresden
  • Dawn Mills
  • Thorncliffe
  • Appledore
  • Eberts
  • Darrell
  • Oldfield
  • Electric
  • Baldoon
  • Mitchell's Bay
  • Grande Pointe
  • Bradley
  • Jeannette's Creek
  • Jeannette
  • Tilbury
  • Quinn
  • Glenwood
  • Port Crewe
  • Ouvry
  • Dealtown
  • Cedar Springs
  • Blenheim
  • Fargo Station
  • Huffman Corners
  • Kent Centre
  • Charing Cross
  • Wilsons Bush
  • Van Horne
  • Northwood
  • Kent Bridge
  • Botany
  • McKay's Corners
  • Pinehurst
  • Mull
  • Lake Morningstar
  • Wabash
  • Louisville
  • Vosburg
  • Bearline
  • Oungah
  • Dover Centre
  • Plaincourt
  • Ringold
  • Prairie Siding
  • Bagnall
  • Fletcher
  • North Buxton
  • South Buxton
  • Sandison
  • Merlin
  • Valetta
  • Stewart
  • Quinn
  • Turnerville
  • Chatham-Kent

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Geography of Chatham-Kent, Ontario

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Chatham-Kent's Government

Chatham-Kent is governed by Mayor Diane Gagner and Councillors representing each of the six wards in the municipality. MP's, Bev Shipley and Dave Van Kesteren are both representatives of the Conservative Party of Canada.

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Chatham-Kent's Economy and Industry

Chatham-Kent has an increasingly diverse economy, with a base in the agricultural and automotive sectors. Chatham`s roots in the automotive sector go back to Gray-Dort Motors Ltd., one of Canada`s earliest automobile manufacturers. In 1996, Chatham became the home of Commercial Alcohols, which is the largest ethanol plant in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. It produces ethanol for industrial, medical, and beverage uses. Chatham is home to the headquarters of Union Gas, a natural gas utility. Union Gas is a Duke Energy company. RM Classic Cars, and automobile restoration company and auction house, is located in Chatham. The nickname 'The Classic Car Capital of Canada' comes from this company and numerous related community events.

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Chatham-Kent's Culture and Significant Events

Chatham-Kent's Premier Car Shows and Events--RetroFest in Historic Downtown Chatham in the month of May. During this two-day event, up to 700 classic cars line the streets of downtown Chatham. This family fun street festival includes a car show, ‘50s and ‘60s-themed music and events and free bus shuttle service to the RM Classic Car Exhibit.

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Sports in Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Chatham has a team in the OHA Western Junior B hockey league: Chatham Jr. Maroons. Across Chatham-Kent, there are several top quality golf courses that will challenge even the most avid enthusiast. Both bodies of water have great opportunities for sport fishing, boating, waterskiing.

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Media of Chatham-Kent

The Chatham Sun is a free local newspaper published Monday to Friday, the Chatham Daily News: a local newspaper for Chatham-Kent that keeps residents up to date on local and world news and current events. Chatham is also home to many AM and FM radio stations.

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