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About Our Home

Shrewsbury is a small hamlet, of about 345 residents on the North Shore of Rondeau Bay within the Municipality of Chatham Kent, in Southwestern Ontario.

We have the unique distinction of being the oldest planned community in Kent County, originally envisioned by Upper Canada Governor, John Graves Simcoe as a County Seat, and port town for the Suffok County that preceded Kent. The town plan, a series of 5 acre blocks arranged in a regular grid was created on the high ground of Rondeau Bay by Abraham Iredell in 1797 along with the "Communication Road", linking Rondeau Bay with the Thames River and the Military Town of Chatham, to the North.

Today, Shrewsbury provides a quiet, safe home for families and retired residents with a number of opportunities for small town community engagement. Our events include a spring Maple Syrup Festival, an Earth Day Celebration, monthly community Bingo's, Yearly community Yardsales, our annual Ribs and Blues Festival, an Autumn Chili Cookoff and a Christmas Parade. There are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy enjoy ourselves.

Shrewsbury also has the distinction of being surrounded by marsh wetlands along the north shore of Rondeau Bay. A home for many fish, amphibian and bird species including many species a risk. In the summer, Canoeing and Kayaking along the shore and up the 6 canals and channels reveals a beauty rarely seen and a closeness to nature never forgotten.

For those who love fishing and hunting, a free boatwell at the end of Brock St, is an early morning destination.

We love our little village and hope you will too.

Our Past

Series of photos from the Chatham Kent Museum showing Shrewsbury and Raglan from the 1960's and 70's.

Wellington St.

Willsons Dock. (Photo Mirror Reversed)



Brock St and Bayview