The Friends of Crystal Beach End of Summer Parade was a big hit with people in Crystal Beach as a pack of cars made its way through the village as children along the way gathered candy thrown from the cars. A brief stop at the Crystal Chandelier parking lot for some words between Mother Nature and Old Man Summer; a couple of other speeches about the great things happening in Crystal Beach and then back to the staging area at Crystal Ridge Park and it was soon over, although Old Man Summer did promise Mother Nature another three weeks of fine summer weather. (But he often lies.)

Mother Nature and Old Man Summer

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Neo Young brings record crowd to the final Summer Sunday Concert at Waterfront Park

An estimated 800 people watched the popular local Neil Young Tribute Band perform at the Waterfront Park in Crystal Beach. As the park darkened with a spectacular sunset, cell phones lit up and people bundled up to hear every last note from Gary Pooler and his band-mates.

It was a lovely end to a perfect concert season that has been going strong ever since the Friends of Crystal Beach started hosting the free concerts over fifteen years ago.

Of course, the concerts will return again next summer. Stay tuned for the 2020 line-up shortly after the New Year.

Gary Pooler, the leader and the “voice” behind the Neil Young Tribute Band Neo Young. (Photo by Rick Doan)
Huge Crowd enjoys Neo Young and A beautiful sunset.
Neo Young “Roadies” The Poolers: Alex, Liam and Ethan.

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FOCB Receives Recognition for Replacement Sign

Fort Erie Communities in Bloom held its annual awards ceremony on Sunday, August 18, 2019 (Picture of decorated cookie from the beautiful selection of treats available at the event held in the Leisureplex Hall.)

When the Friends of Crystal Beach decided to fund the replacement of the Welcome Sign on Ridgeway Road, the community group did not realize that it would be given recognition for the effort. The restoration was done because the beautiful sign had deteriorated badly over the years and was in danger of falling down. So, the FOCB contacted Mike at MJ SignCraft and he agreed to remove the sign; replace it and re-install it in the Spring. Just in time for the summer season, the bright new sign reappeared on Ridgeway Road. The Crystal Beach BIA paid for the installation and the Crystal Beach Beautification Committee placed flowers around the sign.

The original sign was erected over twenty years ago by some Crystal Beach residents. The FOCB is trying to track them down to give them proper recognition for their brilliant idea. If you have any information about the original sign, please contact

Replacement Welcome Sign on Ridgeway Road

WESTWIND Gives a toe-tapping, clapping, dancing, performance at Waterfront Park.


On a perfect Sunday evening, Westwind, the popular local band, made its first appearance at the Friends of Crystal Beach Free Summer Sunday Concert series. And they brought the crowd its toe-tapping, clapping, dancing vast array of music. Billed as a “smooth country band” the five member group ran the gamut from country to rock and back again. Songs from Ricky Skaggs, John Denver, Bachman Turner Overdrive, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Johnny Cash and even Box Car Willie entertained the crowd for more than two hours.

This is the third installment n the annual summer concert season; one more to go when Neo Young, a local Neil Young Tribute Band appears on Sunday, August 25. Emcee Paul Lewis explained that the Sunday concert series has been going on for sixteen years. It was started when Paul was president of the Friends of Crystal Beach and has showcased some very talented bands over the years.

Westwind fits in nicely with that proud tradition. Special mention to the “Bucket Ladies” who gather donations from folks during the band intermission. Some of the ladies have been doing this since the concerts started all those years ago. Although the concert is free, the donations help defray the expenses of putting on the event. As always, Bob Steckley parked his Crystal Beach Candy Company truck on site to provide food and famous Crystal Beach Waffles and Suckers to concert goers.

As the sun set in a beautiful red sky, the audience remained until the end, which went past the nine o’clock hour. Mighty fine music on a mighty fine night.

See more pictures at our Waterfront Concert Series 2019 page.

The Murals are Done!

The Friends of Crystal Beach paid for the murals that greet visitors to Bay Beach at Ashwood Avenue. Designs by M.J. Signcraft.
Photos by Rick Doan
Memories of times past include Queen’s Circle and Derby Road as they appeared in the 1940s. The Point Abino Light House celebrated its centennial in 2017.

5th Circle of Art: another success for The Friends of Crystal Beach

The Ladies of FOCB who are responsible for another great event. From left to right: Heather McGowan, Shirley Grace, creator and chair of COA Gayle Martineau, and Ruth Bruyns. (Photo by Rick Doan)

Another one for the books. Whew. It was hot but the predicted thunderstorms stayed away and the artists and visitors to the Fifth Annual Circle of Art Festival enjoyed a fun-filled day. Fifty-two artists and artisans set up their displays while Bob Steckley got his Crystal Beach Candy Company food truck ready to provide food and treats to the visitors.

(More pictures on the Circle of Art 2019 page.)

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Beautification Committee Receives Donation from FOCB

Friends of Crystal Beach’s Shirley Grace) presents a cheque to Crystal Beach Beautification Committee Chair Bruce Lowther as former chair Winnie Swalm looks on.

At the May 30 Friends of Crystal Beach Meeting held at the Crystal Ridge Library, Shirley Grace, representing the Friends of Crystal Beach, presented a cheque for $1000 to the new chair of the Crystal Beach Beautification Committee, Bruce Lowther. The CBBC is responsible for the flower beds, bicycles and colourful baskets that greet and delight visitors to Crystal Beach every year. The group works hard to plant and maintain the prize-winning floral displays around the village and the Friends of Crystal Beach is pleased to assist in the group’s efforts. Former CBBC chair, Winnie Swalm attended the presentation. She is the founder of the group and is still involved while she also enjoys a well-deserved retirement. She leaves the group in the capable hands of Bruce, who, along with his wife, decided to move to Crystal Beach upon seeing the welcoming floral displays on Ridgeway Road.

Starting on Victoria Day Weekend, Beach Charges will apply. See Below:


  • Admission to the beach will be in effect from Victoria Day through Labour Day.
  • Fort Erie Residents can purchase a season pass for $10.
  • Non-residents and residents without a season pass can purchase a day pass for $5 per person.
  • Children 10 and under are free.

Season Pass

  • Local Residents can purchase a season pass from Town Hall during business hours.
  • Local Residents must provide proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, tax bill, or a bill that shows your name and address.
  • Local Residents may also buy a season pass for your spouse/partner as well as for your children over the age of 10.
  • One season pass will be issued per person per season. 

Pay Admission Hours

  • 10 am – 4 pm on weekdays. and 9 am – 5 pm on weekends and holidays
  • If you arrive before these times there will not be a charge. However, if you leave the beach and re-enter you will have to pay admission again or show your season pass. 


  • Paid parking is available at the municipal parking lot at Erie Road and Eastwood Avenue, between May 1 and September 30.
  • The parking fee is $4.00 per hour, or a flat rate of $15 per car between 8 am and 9 pm. 
  • Additionally this year, 14 parking meters have been installed on streets surrounding the park (see map below). Parking will be enforced from Victoria Day through Labour Day, from 10 am to 6 pm. The rate of meter parking is $2 per hour or a flat fee of $10 for the day. 

This plan for admission costs and parking is to ensure that some of the abuses and problems of last season will not be repeated. This plan will be appraised at the end of the season to see what worked or what needs to be improved on. With the brand new park at Bay Beach now open, there is a new effort to keep the public beach area clean and family-friendly. Please e-mail or contact the Town with your opinions and concerns about the new rules and charges. (Better yet, come to a Friends of Crystal Beach meeting on the last Thursday of each month at the Crystal Ridge Library and express your opinions, suggestions, etc.)