Boating Surrounded by water, Fort Erie offers lots of opportunity for being on the water. Join a yacht club, harbour a boat at the marina, or trailer your boat and launch it at one of the launch ramps. There are three boat clubs, all located in Port Abino. From Erie Road in Crystal Beach, drive west to Point Abino Road South and turn left. This will take you to the water and the boat clubs.
Bertie Boating Club - This non profit club has 150 slips accommodating members and transient visitors. Water, power, pumpout, showers, laundry room. Clubhouse with casual indoor dining facilities and outdoor patio grill area, open to the public. A pleasant place to stop for a meal or drinks, sit on the patio and watch the boats or take a stroll on the pier. Public parking lot across the road. Buffalo Canoe Club - A private club with a large clubhouse, boathouse, boatyard, sand beach, tennis, and dining rooms. Has hosted several world championship regattas. Buffalo Yacht Club - The sister club to the Buffalo Yacht Club in New York State. 150 slips, clubhouse, tennis, swimming pool. Miller's Creek Marina - Niagara Parkway, 8 kilometres north of the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. Public marina owned by Niagara Parks Commission. 135 seasonal docks, gas pump, washrooms, showers, snack bar, gift shop.
Boat Launch Ramps There are 4 launching ramps into the Niagara River located on the Niagara Parkway and 4 ramps accessing Lake Erie. Niagara Parkway just north of Bertie St., Fort Erie Niagara Parkway just south of Frenchman's Creek at Anger Street, Fort Erie Niagara Parkway at north side of Miller's Creeek Marina, north of Thompson Rd., Fort Erie Niagara Parkway at Netherby Rd., just north of the Black Creek Crystal Beach Boat Launch Ramp - Waterfront Park, at end of Ridgeway Rd., east end of Crystal Beach. Good concrete ramp. A $5.00 parking fee is payable at the machine in the parking lot for any vehicle with a boat trailer attached, effective May 1 - September 30. Seasonal passes are available. Adjacent to the park with a lovely lake view, washroom facilities, pavilion, large parking lot with double drive throughs.
Kraft Rd. Road Access - At the end of Kraft Road, access is fairly rough and you may need a 4x4 vehicle.
Stonemill/Thunder Bay Rd. Road Access - Access over a rough beach. Point Abino Rd. S., west end of Crystal Beach. The boat ramp at the Bertie Boating Club is a public launch site. It is a wide concrete ramp.
Birding & Nature Enjoyment
Birding is a popular activity in Fort Erie. Bird life is rich, with many species of song birds, raptors and waterfowl. Large flocks of migrants pass through in spring and fall. In winter the Niagara River is noted for the variety of ducks and gulls which spend the winter here on open water. For tips on where to go birding see the section "Nature Areas" .
Bert Miller Nature Club
For those interested in local bird and plant life, the Bert Miller Nature Club holds regular meetings and outings. Guests are always welcome at these events. See Website www.bertmillernatureclub.org
Schedule of Meetings and Keynote Speaker - Location Fort Erie Conservation Club, 2555 Ott Rd., Stevensville
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 - Amanda Bichel -You're in an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area
Monday, Mar. 19, 2018 - Lev Frid - Madeira: In Search of Freira (birds)
Monday, Apr. 16, 2018 - George Scott - Honey Bees in Niagara
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Jackie Prime - Community, Conservation and Primates
Monday, June 18, 2018 - Members Night & Dessert Potluck
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - Fort Erie Waterfowl Tour - Meet at Old Fort Erie, Lakeshore Drive, on the river side.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - Winter Tree Identification - Meet at Conservation Club to carpool to Red Hill Valley
Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - Hiking Marcy's Woods - Meet at end of Holloway Bay Road.
Swimming The beach at Crystal Beach in the west end of Greater Fort Erie, has been attracting visitors for over a hundred years. With a wide swath of fine sand, gentle slope and warm clear water, it is ideal for a lazy day at the beach as well as being well suited for children. There are also other smaller beaches in Fort Erie, as well as the option of swimming in a quarry. See the section "Beaches". The outdoor public pool (the Kinsmens Pool) at Sugarbowl Park, was opened again a few years ago and is operational For an alternative indoor pool, visitors may use the swimming pool at the YMCA with a day pass. This is on Garrison Rd. at Buffalo Rd.
Wind Surfing Try your surfing skills on Lake Erie at Pleasant Beach where you have lots of room to move. At the end of summer when the big waves roll in and the swimmers have left, you can get some good surfing in at Thunder Bay Beach (Bernard Avenue Beach). Some even tackle the Niagara River. Be careful, the current is incredibly strong.
Scuba Diving Diving in the Niagara River or Lake Erie is a popular sport with scuba divers. There are some local wrecks which can be visited. A local scuba club, the Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit & Scuba Club (FEURU), offers services to visiting divers, including air/nitrox fills, tank rentals, and escorted dives. All certified divers are invited to join the club.
Fishing the Niagara River
Windsurfers Lake Erie
Divers in Niagara River
Fishing The Niagara Region hosts the most diverse freshwater fish population in Canada, having cold and warm water, fast and slow, shallow and deep. The Fort Erie area shares in much of that population, having on its doorstep the Niagara River, Lake Erie and several inland small streams. Bring your own boat down or you can charter a fishing trip from one of the local suppliers. Or simply fish off the shore. Anglers may fish in the Niagara River along the breakwall from the Old Fort to Princess Street (Southsides Restaurant) and also between Jarvis Street and Central Avenue. There are fish to be caught in every season. Here's what you might expect. Spring - (April - June) - Trout (Steelhead, Brown & Lake), Pickerel (also called Walleye), Perch Summer - (July - September) - White Bass, Rock Bass, Northern Pike, Muskie, Pickerel, Perch Fall - (September - December) - Trout, Pickerel, Bass Winter - (January - April) - Trout, Pike, Perch Fishing and marine supply stores can be found on Niagara Boulevard between the Peace Bridge and Gilmore Road.
Golf There are a variety of Golf clubs in Fort Erie, both public and private. Fort Erie Golf Club - Public course. 9 and 18 holes. Play as you go or memberships and short term passes are available. West end Fort Erie. Rio Vista Golf Course - Public. 9 hole course, in operation over 70 years, owned by JCI Fort Erie (Jaycees). Play as you go. North east end Fort Erie. International Country Club of Niagara - Public. 3 different 9 hole courses. Stevensville, north end Fort Erie. Legends on the Niagara - Public golf course owned by Niagara parks Commission. Although technically located in Niagara Falls, this facility is on the Niagara Parkway just north of the Fort Erie border. Two 18 hole championship courses and one 9 hole course, all with a platinum rating. Golfing for the mobility impaired also provided. Green fees vary widely. Full service restaurant.Various packages available, including hotel/golf packages at Comfort Inn and Hilton Hotel. Open from beginning April. Bridgewater Country Club - Private club, however the clubhouse/dining room is open to the public year round. Cherry Hill Country Club - Private. Member of RCGA and USGA.
Running/Walking/Cycling The Friendship Trail, which runs from Fort Erie to Port Colborne, offers a perfect venue for runners to work out, being flat and asphalted. This Trail also provides bicycle riders the chance to take a long ride with stop offs at points of interest along the way, including lake views. And of course its great for walking. The Friendship Trail starts at Lakeshore Road, runs close to the lake for awhile, then veers inland towards Port Colborne. It is accessible from all north-south roads that it crosses. The Niagara River Recreational Trail provides the opportunity to cycle along a beautiful river route all the way from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake. (See the section Nature Areas, Trails and Parks).
Cross Country Skiing The Stevensville Conservation Area is an excellent place for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Enjoy quiet trails through coniferous and deciduous forest on this 121 acres site. Located at Ott Rd. and West Main St. in Stevensville, north west corner of Greater Fort Erie.
Friendship Trail is ideal for runners
Stevensvillle Conservation Area
Niagara River Trail
Fitness The YMCA offers aerobics classes, a completely equipped gym, racquetball & squash courts and indoor swimming pool. For those who want to continue a fitness regime while away from home, the Y offers a one day pass. For serious walking, there is an indoor 1/7 mile cushioned walking track available free to the public at the Leisureplex. The YMCA and Leisureplex are both located near the Town Hall at the corner of Garrison Rd. & Buffalo Rd. Tennis courts are located at several local parks. For seniors, the Beachcombers Club on Ridge Road in Ridgeway and the The Douglas Heights Seniors Centre, on High St. in Fort Erie offer various exercise and dance classes at very reasonable prices. There are also private fitness studios offering different types of fitness and dance instruction.
The Beachcombers is a self owned social club for persons aged 50+, located at 237 Ridge Road in Ridgeway. It offers various activities such as line dancing, exerise classes, darts, card games, and bingo, at reasonable prices. The Lions Douglas Heights Seniors Centre, at 265 High Street in Fort Erie, offers a variety of programs including cards, bingo, yoga, dance classes, painting, etc. at reasonable prices.
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