Open House Sunday January 20th, 2013 at 730 Kraft Road, Fort Erie ON proudly presented by D. W. Howard Realty.

Completed in 1990 this two storey home has been constructed and maintained with an emphasis on detail and quality of craftsmanship.

This Sunday, January 13th D. W. Howard Realty is proud to host an Open House from 2-4 p.m. at 3701 Willson Street, Ridgeway ON

Super cute 4 bedroom home in central Ridgeway. Steps to the shops and charms of this beautiful area. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for more information or to make an appointment to view if you are unable to attend the open house.


The province of Ontario Canada is an enormous 1,070,000 square kilometers, roughly 1,600 km wide and 1,600 km deep (1,000 miles x 1,000 miles).

Samuel Champlain visited Ontario (which was then called New France) in 1632 and jotted Lake Ontario down on his map as Lac St. Louis. In 1656 Nicolas Sanson marked the lake on a map as Ontario, ou Lac de St. Louys. A few years later, Rene de Brehant de Glinee called it Lac Ontario, and after that Louis Jolliet called it Lac Frontenac ou Ontario. Lasalle also called it Lac Frontenac in 1684, both men honouring the colonial governor Louis de Buade, Comte de Palluau et de Frontenac, governor of New France 1672-1682 and 1689-1698.

In 1683, Father Louis Hennepin reported that the name Ontario meant “beautiful lake.” He also reported that Niagara Falls was 600 feet high, when in fact it is only 176 feet. It seems he got it wrong about Lake Ontario too: beauty in geogreaphical features has never been a factor in Aboriginal naming. In one or more Iroquioan languages such as Mohawk, Seneca or Huron, the name Ontario means simply “a large body of water.”


The province was officially named in 1867, and was named after Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes.

This brief history lesson is brought to you by D. W. Howard Realty, specializing in lakefront homes for sale in Fort Erie and surrounding area.

D. W. Howard Realty Ridgeway Ontario Canada real estate sales office would be happy to help you in your search for Port Colborne ON homes. We have extensive local knowledge that can save you some unpleasant surprises later! Contact D. W. Howard Realty now.

The City of Port Colborne Ontario was settled in the early 1800’s, with the first recorded settler, Robert Richardson arriving in 1802. Permanent settlement started along with construction of the Welland Canal in 1832.

The Port Colborne area was first known as Gravelly Bay but was later named after Lt. Gov. Sir John Colborne, governor of Canada, by Hon. William Hamilton Merritt.

For a quirky history lesson on Niagara Falls ON click here.

Click here for a virtual tour of 4965 Sherkston Road, one of many beautiful Port Colborne homes for sale that we would love to introduce you to.

Talk to D. W. Howard Realty about why Stevensville, Ontario is a great place to consider if you are thinking of moving. Click here to search Niagara Falls homes, Fort Erie homes, Stevensville homes, Ridgeway homes, and more.

Stevensville is part of the Town of Fort Erie, Regional Municipality of Niagara, located on Black Creek, 10 kilometers west of Fort Erie.  Established in 1835 when the post office was named. Stevensville is said to have been given its name by a carpenter named Stevens, employed to build McCarthy’s Hotel. When the frame was up, Stevens went to the peak, waving a bottle of liquor, and proclaimed the place Stevensville.

Stevensville is a great place to live if you love nature and an outdoor, country lifestyle. Click here for a directory of nature trails in the Stevensville, Fort Erie area.

Minutes to Niagara Falls and the QEW highway, Stevensville is a great place to enjoy a rural lifestyle while being within a short commute to Buffalo NY,  and St. Catharines Ontario. This central location allows you to enjoy beautiful Crystal Beach, all the attractions of Niagara Falls, fishing, hiking, boating or golf, making it a great area for a cottage or year round residence.






Let D. W. Howard Realty show you all the great reasons to own Fort Erie lakefront property, Ridgeway homes, Crystal Beach real estate, or Niagara Falls homes.

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Fort Erie Ontario boasts numerous recreation trails for you to enjoy year round.

 Fort Erie Ontario Canada has a number of recreation trails that connect communities and offer natural areas for all to enjoy:


Erie Beach Trail – Recognized for excellence in Urban Design with a prestigious Niagara Community Design Award in 2008. Formerly a CN rail corridor. Maintained by Fort Erie Infrastructure Services Department and volunteers through the Adopt-A-Trail program.

Friendship Trail – Along with the Niagara River Recreational Trail for 50 kilometers of beautiful trail for walking, jogging, cycling and rollerblading. Also popular in winter for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The Friendship Trail forms the southerly link of the Trans-Canada Trail System and Greater Niagara Circle Route. Attractions along the Friendship Trail include Old Fort Erie; Fort Erie Historical Museum; Ridgeway Battlefield Museum; Shagbark Trail, Crystal Beach Waterfront Park, and access to Lake Erie & camping areas.

Lions Nature Trail – Located behind Crystal Ridge Library 89 Ridge Rd. S. and is popular with walkers and joggers.

Niagara River Recreational Trail – Considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world, the Fort Erie leg of the Niagara Parkway overlooks the Niagara River, Peace Bridge and Riverwalk. Many locations for public parking.

Stevensville Conservation Area – 121 acres containing Carolinian forest, wetland, fishing pond, open picnic area and the meandering Black Creek. Conservation efforts are assisted by the Fort Erie Conservation Club. Located at the west end of Main Street, Stevensville at Ott Road.

Shagbark Trail – Wooded & meadowed 64-acre nature park enjoyable for its birds, wildflowers, grasses, and other natural life. Located at the corner of Dominion Road and Burleigh Road, a project of the the Town of Fort Erie and Bert Miller Nature Club, with public parking.

Trans-Canada Trail – Fort Erie is one of the few communities in the country selected to host a pavilion for the 17,000-km Trans-Canada Trail. This trail stretches from St. John, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia and as far north as Tukuoyaktuk.

There’s no doubt that homes backing onto or near one of these trails are a delight, and enhance your enjoyment of the area. The D. W. Howard Realty team would love to help you search for Fort Erie homes, Niagara Falls homes, Stevensville homes, or Ridgeway homes that would suit your nature-loving lifestyle: Contact us or call 905-894-1703


Looking for advice with the Niagara real estate market? Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for expertise & experience with Niagara Falls homes, Fort Erie waterfront homes, Crystal Beach cottages for sale, Niagara rental property, and more.

Across Canada, the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. predicts a housing cool-down in the first half 2013, with prices rising and sales slowing, and Niagara will not be immune.

Locally, the Niagara Association of Realtors doesn’t predict the same softening of the real estate market. Average Niagara house sales prices are up, as are number of units sold.  This could be a great time to invest in Niagara residential real estate, since you can count on the market right now to have nice, sustained steady growth.

Interesting facts: In 2003 the average sale price of a Niagara home was $156,294, and in 2011 it was $226,670.

Winter slowdown is natural, and consumer debt as well as tighter mortgage lending rules in Canada are factors that affect house prices and the time a house takes to sell.

Talk to D. W. Howard Realty about the current state of the housing market in Niagara!

Click here to contact D. W. Howard Realty or call 905-894-1703 for assistance with all your real estate needs from our experience team of Realtors. Nobody knows the northeast shore of Lake Erie like D. W. Howard Realty, selling more Fort Erie lakefront homes than all other brokerages combined.

Thinking of buying a home or business in Chippawa (Niagara Falls) Ontario Canada? Contact D. W. Howard Realty to search Niagara Real Estate for sale, Chippawa homes for sale, Niagara Falls vacation property for sale, and more.

Chippawa Ontario is part of the City of Niagara Falls, Regional Municipality of Niagara, and lies on the Welland and Niagara Rivers, 5 kilometers south of Niagara Falls city centre. Click here for a brief history of Niagara Falls Ontario.

The village of Chippawa was the site of a French stockade before the British conquest of Canada in 1759. During the American Revolution a British blockhouse known as Fort Chippewa stood here.

Thomas Cummings, a Scot who had lived in Albany New York, was the first settler, and built a house in 1783 on the anks of the Welland River, then known as Chippewa Creek.

In 1779 the settlement was called Fort Welland, and in 1835 the name was changed to Bridgewater. The post office, called Chippawa, opened in 1801. The name Chippawa is believed to have derived from an Ojibwa word.

The community was heavily damaged during the War of 1812. In 1813 a British and Canadian force crossed to the American side of the Niagara River from Chippewa and attacked the depot at Fort Schlosser. This successful raid inspired other raids along the frontier.

On December 29th, 1837, under the cover of darkness, volunteers commanded by Captain Andrew Drew of the Royal Navy captured American schooner Caroline which had been supplying Mackenzie’s rebel forces on Navy Island in the Niagara River. The ship was set on fire and sunk in the Niagara River.

In 1841 at the age of 65, heroine Laura Secord bought a house in Chippawa and lived in it until her death at age 93. A memorial stone in a local cemetery describes her heroic act of 1813.

The Sir Adam Beck Hydro-Electric Power Project, began in 1917, used an intake from the Niagara River at Chippawa through a cut made a century before for the first Welland Canal.

See D. W. Howard Realty for what’s happening currently that affects today’s Chippawa Niagara Falls real estate market.



Aerial of Niagara Area  For Niagara Falls real estate, Niagra vacation property, Niagara Falls cottages for sale and more, please contact D. W. Howard Realty now for all your real estate needs.

The City of Niagara Falls Ontario Canada is within the Regional Municipality of Niagara, on the Niagara River and the QEW highway and the Niagara Parkway, and lies 20 kilometers southeast of St. Catharines. It is connected to Niagara Falls, New York by three bridges, the Rainbow, Whirlpool Rapids, and Cantilever bridges.

The Falls are 176 feet high

The first white man to discover Niagara Falls was Father Louis Hennepin. The reports he published back in Europe were grossly exaggerated, describing the height as 600 feet.

The first village in the area, formed in 1831 was Drummondville, named for Gen. Sir Gordon Drummond.

The Village of Clifton was started in 1832 by Captain Ogden Creighton.

The first bridge across the Niagara Gorge was built in 1848 by Samuel Zimmerman, who founded the Village of Elgin in 1855.

The post office was called Suspension Bridge and was established in 1852. In 1881 the post office name was changed to Niagara Falls.

The name Niagara that was assigned to the area comes from the First Nations word “Onghiara” or “Oniawgarah” which means “thundering waters.”

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In the late 1850’s Jean-Francois Gravelet of France (aka The Great Blondin) walked a tightrope across the gorge.  He expanded his act to include somersaults, walking blindfolded, and riding a bicycle. He also walked the tightrope with his hands and feet manacled, cooked an omelette, and once even lowered a rope to the Maid of the Mist, pulled up a bottle of Champagne, and drank it.

Annie Taylor was the first person to go over the Falls in a barrel in 1901. She was unhurt. Eight people have survived a plunge over the Falls in a variety of contraptions, (the list of those who have died is much longer.) Two have survived with no protective devices.

Scenic Niagara FallsNiagara Falls calls itself The Honeymoon City and in 2001 also claimed Easter Egg Hunt Capital of the World after an estimated 8,000 children competed against several hundred adults to find 254,000 Easter eggs hidden in Queen Victoria Park.

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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.

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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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