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.)

First Free Concert rocked Waterfront Park as The Skins from Welland performed. Sponsored by The Friends of Crystal Beach, the next concert is on Sunday(July 28) when The Toronto All-Star band brings its Big Band Sound to town.

On a Beautiful Summer Evening, The Skins delighted the large crowd.

See more pictures at our Waterfront Concert Series 2019 page.

Ad that appeared in The Fort Erie Post July 11, 2019

FOCB FREE SUNDAY WATERFRONT CONCERTS Continue with the Swinging Sounds of The Toronto All Star Big Band on July 28 @ 7:00 pm.

Young musicians and singers will replicate the sounds of the 30s and 40s big bands on Sunday, July 28 starting at 7:00 pm. In the past, bands like this entertained thousands at the fabled Crystal Beach Amusement Park’s Crystal Ballroom, once located near Waterfront Park.

Gather up your lawn chair and follow the crowd down to Crystal Beach’s Waterfront Park on beautiful Lake Erie to see and hear a free Sunday summer concert brought to you by The Friends of Crystal Beach. Parking is limited, so come early and enjoy the offerings of Bob Steckley’s Crystal Beach Candy Company’s food truck. Washroom facilities available. Please, no alcohol. See you there.

There’s a New Mural at the Entrance to Bay Beach at Ashwood.

(FOCB sponsored new welcome to our Beautiful Bay Beach to replace earlier damaged mural.)

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.


Just in time for the summer season, the welcome sign that greets visitors to Crystal Beach has been replaced with a beautiful new model. The original design elements have been retained while the new sign, made by MJ Sign Craft in Ridgeway, and mainly funded by the Friends of Crystal Beach with construction costs borne by the Crystal Beach Business Improvement Association is better able to withstand the elements that took a toll on its predecessor. Lots of activity in the Beach as it gets prepared to welcome the influx of summer visitors.

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.)