29th Dec, 2012

History of Crystal Beach Ontario

We at D. W. Howard Realty would love to take you on a tour of some Crystal Beach Ontario waterfront homes for sale, and tell you about Crystal Beach’s unique history. Here’s some fun facts to get started:

Population 3,800, part of the Town of Fort Erie, Regional Municipality of Niagara, Crystal Beach is located on Lake Erie, 16 kilometers southwest of Fort Erie.

In its heyday, Crystal Beach was a resort designed for Americans from nearby Buffalo, and was nicknamed the “Atlantic City of the Great Lakes.” In the early 20th century, two of the finest steam vessels of their class ferried holidayers from Buffalo to the amusement park. The community was settled in the 1780s and farmed by United Empire Loyalists.

It was named for the “crystal” clear waters at the beach.

In 1814, a small British fleet masquerading as supply craft embarked from Crystal Beach and captured two armed American schooners. This daring exploit was the last naval battle on the Great Lakes in the War of 1812.

A summer post office was opened in 1896, and a year-round post office has been in operation since 1908.

Click here for information on the future Crystal Beach Gateway Project.


Please contact D. W. Howard Realty by clicking here or calling 905-894-1703. We look forward to chatting with you about why Crystal Beach is a paradise you should consider if dreaming of owning a cottage, home, or rental property.





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