Destruction at Waverly Woods/Erie Beach in Fort Erie, Niagara

“Significant Canadian history may have been destroyed (in Niagara, Ontario  this March 14th) With only six weeks to go to the (provincial) Hearing (over an urban developer proposal here)  the bulldozers are now at Waverly Woods/Erie Beach.”

A Message from Marcie Jacklin, a leading member of Community Voices of Fort Erie, a Niagara-based citizens group dedicated to saving Waverly Woods

Posted March 15th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Dear friends

Countless Niagara residents and visitors to the region love Waverly Woods as a place to celebrate for its natural beauty. A developer wants to destroy it. Photo by Doug Draper

Niagara, Ontario – Significant Canadian history may have been destroyed yesterday (this past Monday, March 14th).

With only six weeks to go to the Hearing the bulldozers are now at Waverly Woods/Erie Beach.

There is a high probability that Indigenous History and Indigenous and War of 1812 bodies are being destroyed. A recent analysis of the archaeological reports for this site recommends that it is worthy of UNESCO Heritage Designation.

What a wonderful treasure and opportunity the people of Fort Erie have but are already losing.

Yesterday (this March 14th) the heavy equipment showed up and extended the destruction that was started in January.

One of the many who make Waverly Woods their home

Despite constant reminders to the Town of Fort Erie and Niagara Region from the community, that the ground shouldn’t be disturbed because of archaeological concerns, this is exactly what is happening. Nesting season has also begun for birds and American Woodcock nest in that location.

Apparently, any Conditions of Draft Plan Approval; a Land Tribunal Hearing scheduled in six weeks; and assurances from the Niagara Region, none of that matters. This is slap in the face to the democratic process and sends a strong message to the residents of all of Niagara that if even the most historic site in Canada can’t be saved then citizens have no say in what their communities look like.

The communities that we live in, work, raise our families, and support. This disrespectful attitude also happened in Niagara Falls at the Thundering Waters site this week. Developers are sending a message that they control our communities and our politicians. Citizens have no rights.

If you want to learn more about this property or ask questions come to our Information Night via zoom on March 24th at 7 pm. Anyone interested in attending can email to reserve a space and receive a Zoom link. Zoom links are coming soon. 

Help us fight this shameful behaviour by donating to help us pay for our Experts (The Dream Team), who will be representing us at the Hearing.

April 2 TRIVIA Night Out

Another one of the many friends of Waverly Woods in Fort Erie, Ontario. Only the greed of the worst of Ontario’s land speculators and developers would want to bulldoze a place like this down.

Come and join us for a TRIVIA Night out.  Our trivia night will be held at the Fort Erie Legion, on Saturday, April 2nd, the doors will open at 6:00 with the first question at 7.  You WILL require proof of double vaccination to attend this event.  Tables of 7 are welcome, or individuals. Tickets are $15.00.  Along with Trivia, there will be a Penny Sale and a 50/50 draw.  Please call 905-871-9926 to reserve your table or your ticket!

April 3. Marcie Jacklin, President of Community Voices of Fort Erie, is an invited speaker for a panel discussion hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation. Details soon.

April 6. Second Virtual Open House. Details soon.

April 25. The Hearing starts.

You can help by volunteering any profession services, informing others and asking them to sign the petition or donating. We are looking to form a Indigenous Committee. Please email if you are interested. 

* Share the petition with others Can we get to 10,000 signatures by March 31st?  If you prefer not to sign the petition an alternative is to join our email list by sending your email and name to

* Please donate to help us cover our legal and expert costs. Go to this link or or send a donation to Community Voices of Fort Erie, P.O. Box 273, Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 2S0.

All donations go towards our legal and expert costs. We require experts to testify at the Hearing in areas like Planning, Archaeology, Ornithology, Wetlands, Hydrology, and Military History.

NIAGARA AT LARGE Encourages You To Join The Conversation By Sharing Your Views On This Post In The Space Following The Bernie Sanders Quote Below.

“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders


2 responses to “Destruction at Waverly Woods/Erie Beach in Fort Erie, Niagara

  1. Linda McKellar

    Some people seem to be above the law. Destroy the site before the hearing next month so the hearing will be rendered futile. Where is the town on this? Who will stop this until a fair (hopefully) hearing is held.


  2. Seems to me best possibility of stopping it would be 1st Nations archaeology, anybody tried contacting Niagara Regional Native Centre and tell them ?


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