Outdoor Fun

In Outdoor Fun by Melanie Cons

Enjoy the sand between your toes 

Hike, walk, swim and camp at one of the few Carolinian Forests in Canada, at Rondeau Provincial Park and Wheatley Provincial Park. Enjoy the flora, fauna and fantastic sunrises and sunsets. Take a breath. Draw in the peace that only a walk along the sandy beaches of Chatham-Kent can offer.

Join in the festivities of a fantastic fish festival at one of the busiest fishing ports in North America: Wheatley. The Wheatley Fish Festival welcomes visitors who love fish (and those who just love fun) to enjoy a parade and the best fresh fish fry you’ll find in the region.


Compete in a frog jump…with real frogs! That’s just one of the unique events that makes the Thamesville Threshing Festival such a wildly popular annual event. The festival is launched with one of the longest parades in Canada…then flows into a cute Baby Show, Zoo to You Animal Display, horse show and acrobatic performers. And don’t forget about the lawn tractor racing that gets louder, smokier and more exciting every year.

Thamesville Threshing Festival: June 26-27, 2020


Saddle up, take a ride and start a life-time love of horses. TJ Stables is an award-winning, fully accessible equine facility that is ideal for experienced and rookie riders alike. From public trail riding to pony rides, they will ensure you see our community in a unique way.

Wonder at the delights of a Barn Quilt Trail. What is a Barn Quilt? Large painted replicas of actual fabric quilt blocks installed on barns. Barn Quilts tell stories, draw attention to unmarked historical places, become focals point on a trail, create themes for routes, and lead visitors from site to site. With three different trails to choose from, you will enjoy this uniqu eye-candy that decorate our rural landscapes while discovering new pathways through beautiful and historical Chatham-Kent.  For trail maps and descriptions of each barn quilt, check the website www.ontariobarnquilttrails.ca