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Old Erie Beach Amusement Park

Erie Beach Amusement Park was located along Lake Erie, about 3.5 kilometres southwest of the Peace Bridge, and about 4 kilometres west across the Niagara River from Downtown Buffalo, New York.

The park began in 1885 as Snake Hill Grove and was a simple picnic area in the woods along the lake. The park catered primarily to Buffalo residents. In 1887, rail service – known by passengers as the “Sandfly Express” – began from a dock at the foot of Bertie Street on the Buffalo & Fort Erie Ferry Railway.

In 1904, a group of speculators bought land at Erie Beach, planning to build an amusement park, and sell lots around the park to vacationers from Buffalo. From the main gate, visitors could gambol down the beautiful lakefront promenade to the various midway concessions, casino, the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool, roller coaster rides, an elegant hotel, and two small stadiums featuring circus acts, as well as equestrian shows.

The last season of Erie Beach Amusement Park was 1930 It went bankrupt during the Depression and closed down on Labour Day weekend.

Today, much of the old amusement park is part of Waverly Beach Park. A concrete promenade was built in 2008 to go through the ruins of the amusement park, and to provide a lakeside walking.

Edgemere Rd, Fort Erie, ON L2A 1A1

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Old Fort Erie

Old Fort Erie played a prominent role in the War of 1812. The fort was home to where the most men fought on Canadian soil. On August 14th and September 27th, 1814 two major battles saw 2094 casualties.

Old Fort Erie is a National Historic Site of Canada. The Fort was built in 1764 by the British during the Pontiac rebellion and became the site of the bloodiest battle of the war of 1812 between the British and the Americans.

The fort is strategically located at the mouth of the Niagara River & Lake Erie converge and was the only stone fort constructed by the British.

Special events are planned throughout the summer including historical re-enactments for guests to watch and participate in.

350 Lakeshore Rd, Fort Erie, ON L2A 1B1

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Niagara Parkway

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The Niagara Parkway, formerly known as Niagara Boulevard and historically as the Niagara Road, is a scenic drive running parallel to the Niagara River 55 km from Fort Erie in the south, to Niagara-on-the-Lake in the north. The parkway is one of the oldest in Ontario. Construction of the Niagara Parkway began in 1908 and was completed in 1931.

When British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill visited Niagara Falls in 1943 and he is quoted as saying

the Niagara Parkway is the “prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.”

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Friendship Recreational Trail

The Friendship Recreational Trail extends 16 km across Fort Erie; forming the southernly link of the Greater Niagara Circle Route. This popular, multi-use trail is used by walkers, hikers, cyclists, in-line skating and cross-country skiers.

Beginning at the Port Colborne border in the west, this relaxing and picturesque trail takes visitors through lush farmland, quaint villages, pristine watersheds, and quiet residential areas as it leads to historic Old Fort Erie, Lake Erie and the Niagara River Recreation Trail.

You can find the trail at the beginning of Lakeshore Road, near small parking lot.

Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 1B5

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Waverly Beach Park

Waverly Beach offers shady trees as well as cool lake waters and a large sandy beach on a hot summer’s day. You can sit on the benches here and look across Lake Erie to the Buffalo skyline.

You can enjoy grassy views of the Buffalo Wind Turbines, plus historical information on what was once the promenade to the Erie Beach Amusement Park.

Free parking and washrooms are also available.

271 Helena St, Fort Erie, ON L2A 5Z7

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Peace Bridge

The idea of a bridge joining Canada and the United States between Buffalo and Fort Erie was discussed as early as 1853.

Alonzo Mather, an American born in Fairfield, NY, believed that a bridge should be built. He invested much of his fortune from the Union Stockyards Bank (Buffalo) in purchasing lands on the Canadian and American shores, at the places where the Peace bridge terminals now stand.

The agreement that resulted was that private investors would construct the bridge and recoup their investment through tolls until the bonds were retired, and then the bridge would become the property of the State of New York and the Dominion of Canada. Construction began in 1925.

On June 1st, 1927, the Peace Bridge was opened to the public. An official ceremony was held on August 7th, 1927.

The Peace Bridge consisted of five arched spans over the Niagara River and a Parker through-truss which spans the Black Rock Canal on the American side. The total length of this bridge is 1,770 m.

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Mather Arch

Built by Niagara Parks in 1939 in the historic town of Fort Erie, Mather Arch is a beautiful monument surrounded by manicured gardens. Dedicated to the architect of the International Peace Bridge, this is one of our largest outdoor wedding ceremony sites.

Mather Arch Park, located just to the south of the Peace Bridge, is on land donated by American citizen Alonzo C. Mather in tribute to the peace and friendship between Canada and the United States.

11 Niagara Pkwy, Fort Erie, ON L0S 1J0

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Fort Erie Race Track

Fort Erie Race Track was opened on June 16, 1897. The historic border oval is regarded as having one of the most picturesque infields in North America.  The venue offers live thoroughbred racing, free concerts, a farmers market and much more.

Its most important race is the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

230 Catherine Street, Fort Erie, Ontario

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Fort Erie Railway Museum

Canadian National Railway steam engine 6218 is the cornerstone artifact of the Fort Erie Railway Museum. Built in 1942, the 4-8-4 wheel configuration Northern type served well into the 1960s.

In its retirement, it serves as a reminder of days past when Fort Erie boasted the third-largest rail yard in Canada. Visitors can sit where the engineers once commanded this mighty 40804 Northern or explore the caboose, a “tiny house” which served as living quarters for the crew.

The original Grand Trunk Railway Station in Ridgeway and the CN B-1 station were moved to the railroad museum site.

400 Central Ave., Fort Erie, Ontario

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