Crystal Beach, Fort Erie © Images Courtesy of Fort Erie
Nature, Beauty, and Culture in Fort Erie
Located at the point where Lake Erie enters the Niagara River, this busy border town is the second busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada. Fort Erie is a community of communities that includes the small villages of Bridgeburg, Crystal Beach, Garrison Road Corridor, Ridgeway, and Stevensville. When the summer is in its prime, visitors flock to lakefront cottages to soak up every moment of the blissful solitude.
Whatever you are looking for, whatever your lifestyle craves, we have it for you in Fort Erie: sightseeing, fishing at world-class locations, cycling, boating, golfing, a day at the beach, visiting historic sites, shopping, or just relaxing at one of the many restaurants in town that cater to all tastes and styles of dining.
We have it all in Fort Erie—just waiting for you to explore!
Fort Erie boasts some of the most splendid beaches in North America and is by 46 kilometres of shoreline along Lake Erie and the Niagara River. The freshwater beaches vary in character from sandy to rocky to naturalized and grassy. Plan your next beach day at one of Fort Erie’s many beaches; Bernard Beach, Crescent Beach, Waverly Beach, and the infamous Bay Beach in Crystal Beach.
Bay Beach has a vast sandy area with clear water where locals and visitors can enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. Bay Beach has undergone extensive renovations to provide an accessible and modern beach facility for locals and visitors alike. These new features include; a state-of-the-art washroom facility, a new playground, pavilion, festival square for community events, an accessible ramp to the beach, accessible beach mats providing access to the waterfront, and a viewing deck that extends over the beach—making it the perfect destination for your next beach day!
Boating and Fishing
Lake Erie and the Niagara River offer extensive boating and fishing opportunities. With eight boat launches and 11 public lake access points, there is no shortage of water activities and entertainment in Fort Erie.
There are a variety of golf experiences in Fort Erie. From executive Par 3 and practice courses to beautifully manicured resort-style courses, Fort Erie’s local clubs offer beginners and enthusiasts alike challenging courses to enjoy and improve their game.
Fort Erie’s recreational trails connect scenic nature, lush farmland, quaint villages, waterfront views and Niagara’s diverse regions. Along the way, there is no shortage of attractions and places to stop. Walk, jog, bicycle, in-line skate, snowshoe or cross-country ski; the outdoors can be enjoyed year-round with Fort Erie’s recreational trails! This network of multi-purpose trails includes the Friendship Recreation Trail (16 km), the Niagara River Recreational Trail (56 km), and the Trans-Canada Trail (24,000 km).
From ancient artifacts dating back 11,000 years to the War of 1812, Fort Erie’s deep roots and unique rich heritage are featured at Fort Erie’s many museums:
- Old Fort Erie
- Mewinzha Archaeology Gallery
- Railway Museum
- Ridgeway Battlefield Site
- LaFrance Firefighters Museum
- Heritage Arts Sports Gallery
- Fort Erie Historical Museum
Shopping & Dining
Whether you’ve had a relaxing day at the beach or a day sightseeing, finish off an afternoon with a cool drink at one of the many restaurant patios nearby. The streets of Fort Erie’s communities are lined with a wide selection of unique boutiques and specialty shops that feature trendy fashion, thrifty finds, home décor, gifts and more! Shop at a wide array of specialty retailers and make time for a quick bite or sit-down dinner along the way. Choose from fine dining, quaint cafes, family dining, outdoor patios or a craft brewery—you will surely find tempting fare in Fort Erie!
Plan your trip today at forterie.ca