When mention is made of Fort Erie you might ask Where is Fort Erie? We are the little town south of Niagara Falls where the QEW leads to the Peace Bridge crossing into the Unites States. The Town of Fort Erie offers the best of small town living with big city amenities close by. While local stores provide the basic necessities it is only a 20 or 30 minute drive to Niagara Falls, St. Catherines or Buffalo for a wider choice. Shopping here is a pleasant experience - no fighting for parking spaces and you never have to feed a parking meter! Night life usually means a good meal out, or a barbecue in your backyard, although bingo is also available. Quiet and peaceful evenings turn into starry nights, and would you believe, the stars actually shine brighter here than in the cities!
There are ample schools, parks, public libraries, arenas, natural areas, a skateboard park and YMCA. You have opportunities to get involved in local issues and join special interest clubs and volunteer groups. Sporting clubs include yacht clubs, golf clubs, tennis club, scuba diving club, sportsmans club, hockey and baseball leagues. There is a garden club, nature club, horticultural society, history association, and conservation club, as well as dance and fitness studios. Service groups include Royal Canadian Legion, Rotary, Optimists/Mrs., Kinsmen/Kinettes, Lions/Lionesses, Jaycees, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Women's' Institute.
The climate here is tempered by the lake. Warm summers are ideal for enjoying the beaches, with warm water. Winters are often mild, providing favourable conditions for tender plants. For nature lovers, walking trails are close by and access to the lake is easy. There is an amazing array of bird life and plant species to enjoy. This is a Carolinian zone, with plants and trees rarely found farther north, such as sassafras, cottonwoods, and tulip trees. We have sometimes have "silver white winters that melt into spring", with lake effect snow flurries keeping the trails fresh and white. As spring unfolds, the landscape makes an amazing change from an arctic scene of frozen lake as far as the eye can see, to an idyllic vision of golden beaches kissed by blue waters and white capped waves. Summer is soon underway, with all the attendant festivities and events.
Fort Erie is a border town, being located at the gateway to Buffalo USA. There is something unique about living on the edge, the edge of the country that is, the last stop on the QEW. This area has had a long history of close ties with Buffalo and it shows in subtle ways. Cars with New York and Florida license plates are frequently seen in summer, the temperature is given in centigrade and fahrenheit on the Niagara radio station , the Buffalo News is available on the news stands, and the soft twang of a western New York accent is commonly heard. For snowbirds, being on the border means the convenience of flying out of Buffalo Airport, or shortening the drive south. If you are looking to relocate, consider Fort Erie!
Places to Live
Greater Fort Erie is made up of several small communities that were joined together by municipal proclamation in 1970. These villages have very strong roots and people still tend to identify with the original placename.
Fort Erie Proper The town first grew up in the late 1700's around the ferry boat landings near the British garrison of Fort Erie, and later in the 1800's around the International Railroad Bridge to the USA. The original downtown, referred to as Bridgeburg, is in the Jarvis St. area. However the real commercial strip with the supermarkets and other major stores is all along Garrison Road from the Peace Bridge westward to the outskirts of town. Residential neighbourhoods and older subdivisions are found throughout Fort Erie proper. Living here provides one the convenience of having all the basic amenities of dayly life within a few minutes drive while at the same time, being close to the water and the countryside. With the long stretch of river and lake shoreline forming a semi-circle, many homes in town provide the opportunity of walking to the waterfront, something that is difficult to find in a large city.
Ridgeway The village of Ridgeway grew up in the 1700's, serving the needs of the agricultural settlers. The shops along the main street, Ridge Road, have now been largely converted to the tourist trade. The shopkeepers here go out of their way to make shopping a special experience, with a summer festival and Christmas event. Several newer subdivisions have added more modern upscale homes to the housing stock and are attracting new residents from Ontario's larger cities. Just to the east is the neighbourhood of Thunder Bay, a residential subdivision near the bay of the same name. Ridgeway is a charming place to live truly offering a small town feel.
Crystal Beach Life is a beach in Crystal Beach. It has been described as a laid back summer beach town. In summer large numbers of seasonal residents and visitors swell the population, then it quietens down through the winter. An amusement park and beautiful beach from whence came the name, attracted literally thousands of visitors from Ontario and New York state for a hundred years, from 1888 to 1989. The closure of the park had a negative effect on the economy. Crystal Beach, whose life and soul is still the beach, is working hard to bring about a revival. This is slowly happening and there is lots of opportunity here for entrepreneurs, artists, artisans, and investors, to make a contribution in a truly unique community. To the west is Point Abino, famous for its lighthouse. This peninsula is home to a private association of cottage owners.
Stevensville/Black Creek The village of Stevensville, in the north west corner of Greater Fort Erie, was settled by United Empire Loyalists in the 1700's. It is comprised of a few shops and surrounded by agricultural lands with working farms where horses may still be seen in the meadow. Black Creek is the neighbourhood around the Black Creek which flows into the Niagara River at the far north end of Fort Erie.
Where is Fort Erie? At the End of the Rainbow
What we have in Fort Erie
Stressfree living Friendly people Soft sand beaches Silver white winters Stars that shine brighter