Historically known as a tourism mecca made famous in the late 1800’s by its boardwalks, bathhouses, majestic hotels, and a seemingly endless throngs of ferry passengers, Crystal Beach enjoyed a reputation as a destination like no other.
Roller-coasters, big band concerts, dancehalls, white sand beaches, and luxurious restaurants all combined to create a romantic and exciting atmosphere which would go unrivaled for almost a century.
On Labour Day, 1989, Crystal Beach’s most famous and transcendent landmark, the Crystal Beach Amusement Park was closed, ushering in a new era in Crystal Beach.
In recent years, Crystal Beach has begun to evolve into an enchanting mix of residents and businesses. A $60 million residential development, on the location of the former waterfront amusement park, has sparked the Beach, showcasing its wonderful quality of life. Community organizations, which have historically been very active in the Beach, also continue to play a part in the areas continuing development and growth, pumping over $4 million into public spaces.
Ideally located Crystal Beach’s population of 3,800 swells during the summer months from the thousands of “day trippers” and summer cottage residents enjoying its beaches and natural sites.
Today Crystal Beach offers a growing antique and specialty shop market, fine and casual dining, lakefront nightlife, convenience markets, and a charm that shall never wear off.
Come to Crystal Beach and enjoy its natural beauty, specialty shopping, white sand beaches and its colourful history.
Directions for Crystal Beach
Getting to Crystal Beach from Buffalo: Cross at the Peace Bridge. Exit QEW at Thompson Road exit. At second lights (Garrison Road/HWY 3) veer right. Follow Garrison Road/Hwy 3 for approximately 9km/5.6m to Gorham Road. Turn left onto Gorham Road. Follow Gorham Road (which becomes Ridgeway Road) to Erie Road. Turn Right on Erie Road. Public Beach is located on the left approximately 0.5km/0.3m.
Getting to Crystal Beach from Toronto: Take the QEW toward Niagara Falls. At Niagara Falls continue on the QEW toward Fort Erie/Buffalo. Exit the QEW at Sodom Road. Follow Sodom Road (which becomes Gorham Road, which then becomes Ridgeway Road for approximately 13km/8.1m until you reach Erie Road. Turn Right on Erie Road. Public Beach is located on the left approximately 0.5km/0.3m.
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