The Peace Bridge that joins Canada to the U.S. stands as an iconic beacon of Fort Erie’s history, namely the role the town played in the War of 1812. In recent years, the town has been undergoing rapid residential and commercial development. With a population of nearly 31,000, this riverside town contains the perfect mix of small-town charm with big-city amenities, many of which are literally within arm’s reach. As the end point for the QEW, road traffic continues over the Peace Bridge and into Buffalo and points beyond. Garrison Road, which is also known as Highway 3, is Fort Erie’s main commercial corridor and the major east-west connection through town. Fort Erie is also the last stop for those taking the scenic drive along the Niagara Parkway from Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Fort Erie was home to the waterfront Crystal Beach Amusement Park, a favourite destination for families for more than 100 years until the park closed in 1989. It is evolving into a charming lakeside community, complete with new residential and commercial developments, excellent dining, antique shops, specialty boutiques, nightlife and those eternally pristine beaches.