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Enjoy some of what St. Catharines and Niagara have to offer outdoors.

 Friends of The Short Hills Park

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.

Want to get invovled?

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

Happy Rolph's Animal Farm is a 15.06-acre municipal park on the shores of Lake Ontario. Happy Rolph's boasts one of Canada's most exotic collections of flowering rhododendrons and houses a number of farm animals from Victoria Day until Thanksgiving.

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.

Niagara Bruce Trail Club

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.

 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Areas

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

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