Hotels in Chatham, Ontario

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Located on a narrow peninsula between Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, Chatham is a gateway into Canada. With several areas of beautiful, forested parkland and the chance for sailing trips on Lake Erie, it is a place where you can breathe fresh Canadian air and enjoy nature. Yet it still has plenty for culture-lovers, with a wealth of museums, representing Chatham’s long history and connection with the Underground Railroad slaves, who arrived in the area to start new lives.

Things to see

The city center of Chatham has a range of shops and restaurants, with pleasant walkways and green spaces to enjoy in the warmer months. There is also a regular Farmers’ Market, selling pungent cheeses, freshly baked bread, and rich, choclatley brownies. The museums of Chatham are particularly interesting and worth visiting, because of the town’s connection to the Underground Railroad – the secret route slaves took to their freedom. Visit the Buxton National Historic Site, which still has some preserved buildings, constructed by the slaves who set about creating a new life for themselves here. Also unmissable is Uncle Tom’s Cabin, home of the most famous former slave, abolitionist and minister, Rev Josaiah Henson, who inspired the novel of the same name. For outdoor adventures, Lake St. Clair offers the best of the wildlife and fishing, as well as dives to shipwrecks. Lake Erie also offers watersports activities in tis rippling waters.

Hotels in Chatham

Chatham hotels offer good value for money, with plenty of budget hotels on offer. You’ll find familiar name hotels and motels with plenty of parking available. Rooms tend to be spacious and are comfortable, with sofas or comfy chairs in addition to beds. Flat-screen TVs are also common and complimentary WiFi is widely available both in rooms and in common areas. Most of the room rates include breakfast, while there are tea and coffee making facilities within the rooms. A couple of mid-range hotels, which provide leisure facilities, including indoor pools and fitness equipment, are also available close by.

Where to stay

The city center of Chatham has the majority of the hotels, offering plenty of choice. Here, you’ll be close to the main historic attractions, as well as having easy access to both Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. There are numerous shops and restaurants along the main streets. The neighboring district of Wallaceburg is very close to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, if you want to make the most of the historic sites here, and offers access to the north edge of Lake St. Clair. Comfortable, budget accommodation is also available here; similar hotels to those available in the center of Chatham.

How to get to Chatham

Detroit’s Wayne County International Airport is the closest to Chatham, located just across the border on the other side of Lake St. Clair. It is a major global airport, so convenient for visitors from all over the world. From the airport, it takes an hour and a half by road to reach Chatham. Hiring a car is the best option for visiting all the historic sites. There are also buses connecting Toronto and Detroit airports, which stop in Chatham and surrounding places. Arriving into Toronto’s Pearson Airport is an alternative option. From there, the journey by road takes 4 hours.