Chatham-Kent is a rural community in Southwestern Ontario and a Waterfront Trail Community Partner. It is in the traditional territory of the Chippewa, Odawa, Potawatomi and Delaware Nations. The Chatham-Kent area played an important part in Canadian history. The community became the centre for anti-slavery activity in the 1850s, acting as a terminus for the Underground Railroad (bringing fugitives of slavery to freedom in Canada). Many descendants of formerly enslaved people still form an integral part of this community. You can explore this part of Chatham-Kent’s past at the Buxton National Historic Site just south of Chatham. Along with these historic sites, there is an abundance of wildlife to see in Chatham-Kent, with its two provincial parks (Wheatley and Rondeau) and Clear Creek Forest. Clear Creek Forest preserves a piece of ancient Carolinian forest. These old-growth forests help to protect internationally significant bird migration areas and rare ecosystems. And don’t miss out on a visit to the mouth of the Thames River, where one of Ontario’s oldest lighthouses can be found!