Set on the Niagara River, Fort Erie is a lively town known for its rich military history, 19th-century stronghold and the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It cradles some of Ontario's top attractions, including a world-class safari park and one of Lake Erie's best beaches.
Things to do in Fort Erie
Now listed as a Canadian National Historic Site, Old Fort Erie recalls the sacrifices made by British, American and First Nations soldiers during the War of 1812. You can explore the ancient fort with costumed guides and watch live musket demonstrations.
Swim, sunbathe and cool off in Lake Erie at Crystal Beach, a popular stretch of sand fringed by shallow water. Other activities include fishing for walleye, kayaking in Point Abino Bay or enjoying fish and chips at one of the waterfront patio restaurants.
Set in more than 40 hectares of parkland, Safari Niagara will transport you to Africa. Inside you can discover exotic animals, including giraffes, lions, zebras and cheetahs. It's easy to spend an entire day riding the trolley, checking out educational displays and enjoying the shady picnic areas.
A 20-minute drive north, Niagara Falls sees over 2,300 cubic metres of water every second plunge into a rugged gorge. Sign up for a mist-shrouded boat cruise or spend a few hours exploring Niagara on the Lake, a historic town filled with characterful shops, cafes and boutiques.
Getting around Fort Erie
Downtown Fort Erie is easy to get around on foot, with most major attractions within walking distance of the town centre. A rental car is best for exploring the Niagara Region. Fort Erie is a two-hour drive south of Toronto and 10 minutes from the city of Buffalo in the United States.