About the Route

200 years ago one of the most important events in American and British history happened along the banks of the Thames River right here in present-day Chatham-Kent. Follow the newly established Tecumseh Parkway which begins at the Historic St. Peter’s Church nestled on the Thames River. The picturesque Thames River winds its way through Chatham-Kent and features over 12 pull-offs where you can read about thefateful journey taken by First Nations and the British as they were chased by the American forces in 1813 during the War of 1812. Trace the steps of the past, leading to the site of the Tecumseh Monument and the site of the Battle of the Thames where the great Chief Tecumseh was killed, the dream of a Native nation was shattered, U.S. presidential dreams were made and a British General’s career was destroyed. You can finish your day by stopping at Parks Blueberries and Country Store or by visiting Fairfield Museum commemorating the Moravian Settlement that was burned to the ground following the fateful Battle of the Thames. START Driving directions to Longwoods Rd. Via Baptiste Rd/County Road 1, Merritt Ave, William St S, River Line, River Line, River Line/County Road 39, River Line, River Line


Events in Chatham-Kent

  • Retrofest – Chatham – May
  • Ribfest – Chatham – July
  • Blenheim Cherry Fest – Blenheim – July
  • Boothill Country Jamboree Duart – August
  • Wheatley Fish Festival
  • Wheatley –  August
  • Bothwell Car Show – August
  • Wambo –  Wallaceburg – August
  • BikeFest – Chatham – August

Chatham-Kent, www.visitck.ca