Remembering Crystal Beach!

By Steve Cichon

suckerguyBuffalo, NY – Whether you drove across the Peace Bridge… or you drove down to the foot of Main Street to hop on “The Crystal Beach Boat” (as the Canadiana was known by most for most of its existence)…

Whether it was the dime dances, the clear blue water, the suckers and waffles, or one of the half-dozen roller coasters over the years that drew you there….

If you grew up in Buffalo between 1883 and 1989…. there’s little doubt that you spent some time at “Buffalo’s Coney Island,” Crystal Beach, Ontario.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.