Tilbury, Ontario

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Unincorporated community
The Tilbury water tower.≠±
The Tilbury water tower.≠±
Nickname(s): small village
Motto: "The Light Between The Lakes"
Coordinates: 42°15′30″N 82°25′55″W / 42.25833°N 82.43194°W / 42.25833; -82.43194
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Municipality Chatham-Kent
 • City Mayor Randy Hope
 • Governing body Chatham-Kent Municipal Council
 • Councillors Bryon Fluker
Brian W. King
 • Total 5.80 km2 (2.24 sq mi)
Elevation 198 m (650 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 4,809
 • Density 2,053.6/km2 (5,319/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area N0P 2L0
Area code(s) 519 and 226
NTS Map 040J08
Website tilburyontario.com

Tilbury (2006 population 4,809[1]) is a community within the municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada. It is located 26.5 kilometres southwest of Chatham and 57.3 kilometres east of Windsor on Highway 401.


The nearby townships of Tilbury West in Essex County and Tilbury East in Kent County were named for the port of Tilbury in the English county of Essex. A settlement, called Henderson after the local postmaster, was established with the construction of the Canada Southern Railway in 1875. The name of the post office was changed to Tilbury Centre after the adjoining townships and the community was incorporated as a village in 1887. The name changed again to Tilbury a few years later and incorporation as a town followed in 1910. Tilbury is also home to the largest antique mall in Southern Ontario.[2] Tilbury is also famous for its murals which depicts part of its history.[3]

A mural in Tilbury showing its automotive history.

In 1998, the town was amalgamated with the City of Chatham and all municipalities of Kent County to form the municipality of Chatham-Kent.[4]

Notable businesses[edit]

Some notable stores in Tilbury include Foodland,[5] No Frills,[6] Canadian Tire,[7] Home Hardware,[8] Dollarama,[9] and Mr. Video.[10] Tilbury is also home to many locally owned restaurants and bars including The Tibby Tavern, Uncle Chows,[11] 18 Wheeler Restaurant,[12] Naples Pizza,[13] The Dog House,[14] Fong's Restaurant,[15] and FlapJacks.[16] Tilbury is also home to larger franchise restaurants such as Tim Hortons,[17] Subway,[18] KFC,[19] and Little Caesars Pizza.,[20] as well as Burger King on the service centres on Highway 401. There are several gasoline stations in Tilbury that serve regular fuel and diesel, including flying j travel center, Mac's,[21] Shell,[22] UPI,[23] and two Esso stations[24][25] as well as two Canadian Tire gas stations on Highway 401.[26][27] In 2011, Mac's moved their convenience store from Queen St. to Highway 2 and added a fuel station that serves gasoline and diesel. There are several car dealerships in Tilbury. The 4 main dealerships are Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram, and General Motors brands. All of which are part of a stretch of road called "The Tilbury Auto Mall".[28]


Tilbury is home to a number of industries related mainly to the auto sector. Companies present in the community include Mahle, Autoliv, AP Plasman and others. A number of plants have closed in recent years, includingWoodbridge Foam,Fleetwood Metal Industries and KS Centoco and recently ArvinMeritor (formerly Rockwell International), in June 2009. Tilbury is also home to many small businesses and also has an economic relationship to agriculture and renewable energy.

Tilbury's post office.


Tilbury have two clinics. One is the Tilbury District Family Health unit, next to Shoppers Drug Mart and another one is the walk-in clinic. There is also an eye care clinic and a dental clinic.


Tilbury is also home of the Titans of Tilbury District High School, with an attendance of around 300 students. There is also a French elementary school, a public elementary school as well as a catholic elementary school. Famous residents include actress Margaret Mather. Along with the former townships of Tilbury East and Dover, Tilbury is a designated French language service area under Ontario's French Language Services Act. Tilbury have an arena located next to the Knights of Columbus hall and provides free skating in the wintertime. Tilbury also have a splashpad near the arena and a park with a skateboard park, a tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool, and a baseball field. Near the end of June, the organizers host a Canada Day fireworks event around dusk at the park. Organizers hosts the Santa Claus Parade in late November/early December and the Canada Day Parade in late June.


Tilbury has a weekly newspaper named the Tilbury Times. It features local news, sports, and highlights. In some instances, news from Tilbury may be heard on CKSY FM 94.3, Country 92.9 FM/AM 630 CKCO and CKUE FM 95.1 The Rock on radio, as well as CBC News Windsor and CTV News Windsor on TV.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°15′30″N 82°25′55″W / 42.25833°N 82.43194°W / 42.25833; -82.43194


  1. ^ "Chatham-Kent Community Profile". Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Retrieved 1/1/12. 
  2. ^ "Southern Ontario Tourism--Tilbury, ON". Southern Ontario Tourism. Retrieved 1/1/12. 
  3. ^ "Southern Ontario Tourism--Tilbury, ON". Southern Ontario Tourism. Retrieved 1/1/12. 
  4. ^ "Chatham-Kent Merge". www.angelfire.com. Retrieved 1/1/12. 
  5. ^ "Tilbury Foodland". Facebook. Retrieved 1/1/12. 
  6. ^ "No Frills". No Frills. Retrieved 1/1/12. 
  7. ^ "Canadian Tire". Canadian Tire. Retrieved 1/1/12. 
  8. ^ "Home Hardware". Home Hardware. Retrieved 1/1/12. 
  9. ^ "Dollarama". Bing Maps (Microsoft). Retrieved 1/1/12. 
  10. ^ "Mr. Video". Retrieved 1/12/12. 
  11. ^ "Uncle Chows". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  12. ^ "18 Wheeler". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  13. ^ "Naples Pizza". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  14. ^ "The Dog House". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  15. ^ "Fongs Restaurant". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  16. ^ "FlapJacks". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  17. ^ "Tim Hortons". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  18. ^ "Subway". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  19. ^ "KFC". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  20. ^ "Little Caesars". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  21. ^ "Mac's". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  22. ^ "Shell". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  23. ^ "UPI Energy". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  24. ^ "Esso #1". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  25. ^ "Esso #2". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  26. ^ "Eastbound Station". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  27. ^ "Westbound Station". Retrieved 12/31/11. 
  28. ^ "Tilbury Auto Mall". Retrieved 12/31/11.