Great Pictures, Great People to explain the site
Wish I knew a little more about the schedule of events before I went
Canada's Bloodiest Battlefield: Old Fort Erie
Here are photos shown in the order you will see them, to help prepare you for the border crosssing.
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This is a rather parochial museum of rail history with one full engine parked and boardable and a station full of local momentos about the railroad days of Fort Erie. There are railmen tools and telegraph equipment and photo albums and old tickets, pamphlets and postcards.
We went on a Sunday and no one was around (and no charge). Took about 40 minutes to see everything and fiddle with the steam engine. Normal charge is $2. Parking lot at the front of the station building.
Crystal Beach Amusement park was one of the premiere places to go in my day. We hit there in the mid-1980's and the kids spent all day (literally) on the rides. They had some of the best roller coasters, the old wood and rail kind (clickity clack): Cyclone, Canadiana, Comet, The Wild Mouse. There were the huge swinging chairs on long chains; the gondola rides swaying way up over the park; the Laff in the Dark "spooky" ride; the tunnel of love; and lots more.
You could buy puff pastries and sugar waffles and flavored ice. They had all the kiddy rides in Frolic Land.
The park closed in the early 90's and there was hope that it might make a comeback.
But here it is 2006 and my grandkids won't be able to enjoy the place.
The park area is still there but the amusement has gone along with the rides and the cotton candy and the sideshows and the crowds of people. Now you can just sit on a bench and feed the pigeons and ducks and seagulls.
Fort Erie is a collection of unique communities based on historical, economic and ethnic factors which range from railroad-centered neighborhoods to beach from locales to Black-freedom homesteads of the US slavery period.
The active communities in Fort Erie today are:
Rose Hill Estates
Normally I am the type of person who'd rather drive rusty nails into my head than take a long boring tour with some guide that drones on and on and gives you so much information that you couldn't possibly absorb it let alone retain it.
However, I'm so glad my family wanted to follow the tour guides around (Teen Daughter thought they were "hot").
They were informative - entertaining and we learned quite a bit.
So if you end up going to the Fort - Do yourself a favour and take the tour.