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The Wheels is a hotel and conference centre, as well as the closest thing Chatham has to an Indoor amusement park. Bowling alley, swimming pool with water slide, Gorilla (mini) golf, arcade, ferris wheel, and the only indoor roller coaster in Ontario, etc, etc. The kids apparently love this place. It gives me a giant headache, but that's probably why they like it. ;-)
Written Apr 18, 2003
Address: 615 Richmond St.
Oh my god! This company is one of the world's leading experts in restoration. They have some of the most amazing classic and rare cars on display, and you can watch them at work on restorations. They offer guided tours with a VERY knowledgeable and pleasant guide. A huge collection, and not just the older classics -- they also have several Jaguar XJ-220s (Nicholas Cage came here a couple of years ago to purchase one) and other great sports cars. *drool* Well worth a visit, and not only for serious car fans.
Written Apr 3, 2003
Address: 1 Classic Car Drive, Blenheim, Ontario.
The former home of Rev. Josiah Henson, who was the inspiration for the character of Uncle Tom in the famous book by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Rev. Henson was a former slave who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad, and later established the Dawn Settlement in Dresden to provide a refuge for fugitive slaves. The site includes his home and family cemetary, the Pioneer Church where he preached, the Josiah Henson Interpretive Centre & the Underground Railroad Freedom Gallery. An important historic and educational site.
Written Apr 2, 2003
I like the decor of the place.
The price is OK, $22 for all you can eat (dinner time). ($51 for 2 pers. with coffee) the problem is we don't want to eat this meal :(
Services... Hm... Not really too much friendly.
Favorite Dish: Sushi... Honestly I don't know why they call that ‘sushi’ at all.
They ruined even rolls some how.
I do not know what to say....
But some people love this place.
Updated Apr 29, 2011
Address: 150 Richmond Street, Chatham
Phone: (519) 351-6688
Okay, so honestly, I think it's more Mexican than Cajun. But in a city with a serious lack of interesting or spicy food, I'll take it anyway. Cool decor with chair backs shaped like cacti and jalapeno-shaped silverware. Good food and a wide variety of choices.
Favorite Dish: Wagon wheel (appetizer). Vaguely like a fried Mexican pizza??
Written Apr 3, 2003
Address: 150 Richmond St.
Local customs include:
-Getting very very drunk and then exclaiming at the top of your lungs that "everyone in Chatham is a wh*re!" (My friend actually did this in the middle of a bar. We ran. Fast.).
-Impregnating multiple members of the same family. Again, I really do know someone who did this.
-Piercing your own navel. (as above)
-Cornstock: used to be a highly amusing annual drunk-fest set in the middle of a cornfield, but was discontinued after someone passed out under a pickup and got run over.
-Making fun of people from Tilbury (aka Tilbillies), Wallaceburg (Wallaceburgers), Ridgetown (don't think we have a name for them. hmmm...), and Oungah, just on general principles.
-Smashing mailboxes with a baseball bat. This one is pretty damned annoying when you're on the receiving end. Same goes for the little b*stards who decided it would be fun to scratch my car with a key...
-Complaining about how trashy the local bars are, but then going there anyway because there's nothing better to do.
-When you come back for a visit, checking out all the people you hated in high school to see who got fat, has 6 kids, still wears the same clothes, or shovels manure for a living. And then gloating.
-Cow-tipping. No, not really, but sounds like fun, doesn't it??
Written May 15, 2003
I consider this a huge tourist trap, although for many it will be a 'must-see activity'. The Wheels is a hotel and conference centre, as well as the closest thing Chatham has to an Indoor amusement park. Bowling alley, swimming pool with water slide, Gorilla (mini) golf, arcade, ferris wheel, and the only indoor roller coaster in Ontario, etc, etc. The kids apparently love this place.
Unique Suggestions: Bring earplugs to drown out the noise from hundreds of screeching rugrats. And a big ol' bottle of aspirin.
Fun Alternatives: Go visit Uncle Tom's Cabin near Dresden (about 1/2 hour drive from Chatham). It has historical and educational value, and is much less annoying.
Written Apr 2, 2003
A good place to spend the afternoon regressing to your childhood. Think mini-golf, bumper boats, arcade, batting cage, and ice cream shop. If your skill with a golf club is like mine, this is the only place you can go and not get laughed at. Actually, they'll still laugh at you, but it will be more funny and less condescending. ;-)
Equipment: Bring your sense of humour and some crazy friends. Or a kid & his / her friends for a birthday party.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 936 Charing Cross Road (Queen St. extension)