The D. W. Howard Realty real estate sales office proudly presents a brief history of our little corner of Fort Erie/South Niagara paradise:

Fort Erie Ontario, population 30,000, sees the end of the QEW and Highway 3, and features the International Peace Bridge to Buffalo NY, and the International Railway Bridge to Buffalo, 36 kilometers southeast of Niagara Falls.

Originally a military post in 1764 by Captain John Montresor, Fort Erie saw heavy action in the War of 1812 when it was taken by the Americans under General Winfield Scott. In attempting to recapture the fort, British Commander-in-Chief Sir Gordon Drummond lost 1,400 men in 2 attacks. When the Americans retreated later that year they blew up the fort. It was restored in the 1930s by the Niagara Parks Commission and is now staffed in summer by students in period dress.

When the first post office was established in 1801, all mail was dispatched under guard.

As Fort Erie grew, it assimilated communities named Victoria, Victoriaville, Waterloo, International Bridge, Amagari, Bridgeburg, and Little Africa, a black settlement. In 1970, Fort Erie annexed the village of Crystal Beach and Bertie Township.

Related: See History of Niagara Falls

You also might find How Ontario Canada got its Name of interest.

D. W. Howard Realty Ltd. Brokerage helps buyers and sellers achieve their real estate dreams in Fort Erie ON waterfront homes, Crystal Beach homes, Port Colborne Real Estate, and Ridgeway homes. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for more reasons to consider a move to Fort Erie.

Fort Erie Ontario is an excellent area to live, work and/or vacation. Homes next to a golf course are a true treasure, and always in demand.

Bridgewater Country Club 700 Gilmore Rd. Fort Erie 905-871-2400

Cherry Hill Golf & Country Club, 912 Cherry Hill Blvd. Ridgeway ON 905-894-1122

Fort Erie Golf Club, 1640 Garrison Rd. Fort Erie 905-991-1122

International Country Club of Niagara, 2900 College Rd. Stevensville ON 905-382-2000

Legends on the Niagara, 9233 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls ON  866-465-3642

Rio Vista Golf Course, 85 Crook St. Fort Erie 905-871-0921


Many of our D. W. Howard Realty team members have golfed on these courses and would be happy to tell you more about them and many other reasons to consider a move to Fort Erie or surrounding south Niagara area. Click here to contact D. W. Howard Realty

Related: Click here for Fort Erie area recreational trails & conservation areas.


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.

Autumn Park Bench

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.



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