Enjoy some of what St. Catharines and Niagara have to offer outdoors.
Visit this wonderful provincial park for hiking, biking, bird & wildlife watching. Visit its website for useful maps, and other information on the Short Hills Park.
Friends of Short Hills Park is a community-based organization dedicated to preserving the cultural and natural integrity of Short Hills Provincial Park through liaising with Ontario Parks, volunteer work, public education and fundraising activities.
Happy Rolph's Animal Farm is a 15.06-acre municipal park on the shores of Lake Ontario. It boasts one of Canada's most exotic collections of flowering rhododendrons and a petting farm, which operates from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving weekend.
Hundreds of ducks, geese and native birds live in the adjacent pond. The site is home to the 9/11 Memorial Walkway, commemorating Canadians who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 tragedy. Picnic and playground facilities include a pavilion and washrooms.
The Bruce Trail, 800 km along the breathtaking and always interesting Niagara Escarpment, is visited by more than 400,000 people a year. Conceived in 1960 and opened in 1967, it is the oldest and longest hiking trail in Canada.
The trail traverses public lands, roads and road allowances, with land purchased by the Bruce Trail Association and private land whose owners generously allow the trail on their property. It is maintained by volunteers from the nine local Bruce Trail Clubs, including the Niagara Club.
From the majestic Escarpment to the Great Lakes, Niagara's conservation areas offer a treasure trove of activities for your enjoyment in any season. Spectacular waterfalls, walking trails, fishing and hunting opportunities, campgrounds, natural and built historical sites, sandy beaches and picnicking areas are just a few gems waiting for you to discover and enjoy in the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Area.
Enjoy White Meadows Farms' own pure maple syrup, as well as many other pure maple products, including several items using all-natural products from its farm. Visitors can take a self guided tour to learn the rich history of one of Canada's first agricultural products, maple syrup. Delicious pancakes, famous sausages and maple butter tarts are served on weekends (January to mid-April).