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Facts About Fort Erie For Kids

Fort Erie is a town on the Niagara River in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. Fort Erie is one of the fastest growing communities in Niagara, and has experienced a high level of residential and commercial development in the past few years. Fort Erie is also home to a number of other commercial core areas as a result of the 1970 amalgamation of Bertie Township and the village of Crystal Beach with Fort Erie.

  • The town’s beaches on Lake Erie, most notably Crystal Beach and Bay Beach, are considered the best in the area and draw many weekend recreationists from the Toronto and Buffalo areas.
  • Modern settlement of the area was established when a British military fort, Fort Erie, was constructed in 1764.
  • When the War of 1812 started, the troops stationed at Fort Erie were caught off guard due to the fort being in the middle of rebuilding.
  • The former “Dolls House Museum”, located on the Niagara River near downtown Fort Erie, was a supposed hiding place on the Underground Railroad for fugitive slaves in the 1800s.
  • In 1866, the Battle of Ridgeway was fought here between invading Irish-Americans and the Canadian defenders.
  • The historic Point Abino Lighthouse was built by the Canadian government in 1918.
  • Since its decommissioning in 1995, the Point Abino Lighthouse was designated as a National Historic Site.
  • The 2011 Census of Canada indicates a current population of 29,960 for Fort Erie.
  • Fort Erie Secondary School and Ridgeway-Crystal Beach High School are the two public high schools serving Fort Erie and area communities.
  • An annual car show hosted by the Rods and Relics Car Club of Fort Erie that is usually held on a Sunday in the middle of June.
  • The event takes place on the south-east grounds of the Fort Erie Race Track.
  • The streets are closed off, and thousands of visitors stroll the historical downtown enjoying music, food, vendors, shows, and friendly atmosphere.
  • The event aims to introduce local residents and returning visitors to the variety of businesses at Bridgeburg Station.
  • The Siege of Fort Erie is a historical re-enactment of the famous 1814 battle, which takes place during the second weekend of August.