Crystal Beach

The south coast of Canada

South Coast

A popular summer destination, Crystal Beach in Fort Erie, draws in visitors who come here for a day or even a lengthy stay.
It is a great place to
  • relax
  • swim
  • indulge in water-related activities
  • enjoy waterfront nightlife consisting of local restaurants & bars


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People from all over Ontario as well as Western New York frequent the beach during summer.
The area around the beach is home to a community of about 4,000 people. Crystal Beach and the waterfront property have been popular for a very long time.


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History of Crystal Beach

Back in the day, it was a major tourist attraction due to the presence of the Crystal Beach Amusement Park. The amusement park was a place that tourists visited time and again for more than a 100 years–from 1888 to 1989. It had exciting roller coaster thrills and all kinds of other rides to many eager visitors.
Besides the beach & amusement park, the area was an entertainment hotspot with its
  • grand hotels
  • restaurants
  • concerts
  • dance halls
The Crystal Beach Tennis & Yacht Club now stands at the site of the amusement park.

Activities for the Entire Family

Today, the beach and the waterfront area continue to attract visitors with its varied activities. While weekdays are less crowded, weekends are busy with visitors looking to unwind. It is a great place for families with children, as well as groups, to spend time during summer.
There are a ton of special activities in the area all through the season:
  • Swim in the clear waters of Lake Erie
  • Enjoy a water sport
  • Relax with your family & friends around a picnic table
  • Savour a drink at one of the bars
  • Go shopping in the lovely boutique shops in the area


Pets, alcohol & barbeques are not permitted on the beach. Even when the beach is busy, parking is easy due to the three paid parking lots, as well as free parking for vehicles on Erie Road.
Entry to the beach is free.
All you need to do is land up at the beach and have a good time!
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Crystal Beach, ON L2A 6E2, Canada


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Toronto, Canada

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I had never even heard of Crystal beach until a year ago and now I find myself going there in all seasons. It has sweet little cottages, large beach houses and a full time community there now, but...


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This beach is fantastic. Unfortunately in the peak of summer it does get busy. Likely wouldn’t be as busy if there was a small entrance fee and some kind of control for people who bring big tents.


London, Canada

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She was trying to close early on New Year’s Eve, but she just couldn’t turn strangers away (us), nor regulars. 90 minutes after “closing time”, the place was full, and the locals were having a...

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