Here are our suggestions of some cool FREE things to do in Fort Erie or close by.
Go see the Old Fort – Fort Erie
Fort Erie is one of the most significant historic landmarks in the area. You can get a taste of life during the War of 1812. Battle reenactments take place during the summer drawing thousands of visitors and participants to Old Fort Erie and the Ridgeway Battlefield Site. The Fort saw a lot of action in the War of 1812 including the capture of two American ships, the ‘Ohio’ and the ‘Somers’. There is a decent museum and you can find out more by calling 905-871-0540 for more information.
Check out a great beach – Crystal Beach
Discover Caribbean rated sandy beaches, the cool, clear waters of Lake Erie, wonderful dining options and water-sport opportunities galore…all in Crystal Beach. Crystal Beach is rated as being one of Fort Erie’s favorite tourist attractions, drawing thousands throughout the summer months from across Niagara, and beyond. Go for a swim, lounge on the white sand, take in a cool drink on one of the areas many restaurant patios.
Check out the past – Fort Erie Museum
Discover the unique history and character of the places and people of Fort Erie through programs, research facilities and exhibits. Located at 402 Ridge Road, Ridgeway, Ontario. or phone (905) 894-5322. Open 9 am – 5 pm. From September to May it is open Sunday – Friday and from June to August it is open daily. Admission is by donation. www.museum.forterie.ca
Check out the Trains – Fort Erie Railway Museum
The Canadian National Steam Locomotive No. 6218 stands as the focal point at this location. 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 Ridgeway Station has been transformed into an exhibition space. The gift shop in the B-1Station features railway related merchandise. Located at 400 Central Ave., Fort Erie, Phone: (905) 894-5322 or www.museum.forterie.ca. Open 9 am to 5 pm daily from Victoria Day to Labour Day. Admission is by donation.
Step back in Time – Ridgeway Battlefield Site
Walk in the footsteps of those who fought here and lived through the Battle of Ridgeway on June 2, 1866. This outdoor exhibit details the local, national and international impact of the battle. Use the interactive timeline and map wall to follow the battle and its aftermath. Visit the exterior of the Teal House to see a snapshot of life in Bertie Township. Pause at the memorial and cairn to honour the soldiers who fought and died protecting this land, in a battle which prompted the confederation of Canada. This outdoor site is open 7 days a week and admission is free.
Get some Exercise – Walk or Bike the Friendship Trail
Discover the quiet side of Fort Erie by cycling or walking along the newly developed Fort Erie Friendship Trail. When completed, this trail will become part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route and the Trans Canada Trail System. This 13.6 kilometer scenic pathway is paved and safe for cycling and ideal for walking, jogging, and rollerblading. The trail ends at Historic Fort Erie where it meets up with the Niagara Parks Commission Recreation Trail.