Fort Erie is considered a Gateway Economic Corridor within Niagara due to its close proximity to the United States border. With 23 new major investors and 15 major industrial businesses expanding their operations within the area, and it has become the fastest growing community in Niagara. Green space is plentiful and residents enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and more! Fort Erie boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Ontario as well as plenty of waterfront access. Fort Erie is rich in Canadian history. It is the site of Old Fort Erie, Canada’s bloodiest battlefield, and also the first Fort built in Ontario by the British in 1764. It was also the major crossing point into Canada of the Underground Railroad from 1793 to 1865. Visitors to the area can tour both Old Fort Erie and the Historical Museum to learn more and to experience a taste of what life was like in Ontario circa 1812. Fort Erie provides many business opportunities for commercial, retail and manufacturing firms. Strategically located directly across the United States border from Buffalo, N.Y., and at the mouth of the Niagara River, it offers convenient transportation routes by land, air and sea. The Fort Erie Peace Bridge which provides easy passage between Canada and the United States transports approximately 20% of all commodities traded between the two countries.