Firefly Walk

Join the Friends the evenings of June 17 and 24 (rain date June 18 and 25) for a Firefly Walk with Brad Demers. Meet at 8:30pm in the Pelham Road parking lot. Dress for hiking in the dark, bug spray is recommended.

April 2023 Events

Saturday, April 8 – Stargazing at Wiley Road

Please join us just before sunset (7:30pm) at the Wiley Road parking lot to view the spring skies. Telescopes and information provided by the Royal Astronomical Society – Niagara Centre. It is important to arrive before the sun sets to prevent car lights from blinding the viewers. Dress warmly and hope for clear skies.

Wednesday, April 12  – Friends of Short Hills General Meeting. E.L. Crossley Secondary School

The Friends is excited to announce that explorer Adam Shoalts will be speaking at our April 12 meeting about his early adventures in and around the Short Hills. Our GM starts at 7:30pm, followed by the talk by Adam. Please RSVP your attendance by April 7 to

Saturday, April 22 – Trash Bash 2023

To celebrate Earth Day, the Friends of Short Hills Park is again hosting its annual Trash Bash. This event targets the perimeter of the park and the three parking lots. Volunteers are asked to meet at the bottom of First Street Louth for 9am. Wear bright clothing, sturdy foot wear and gloves – garbage bags will be provided as well as refreshments. Community service hours available to high school students.

Replacement of Swayze Falls Bridge

Work on replacing the bridge above the falls is nearing completion with the new bridge now in position. Work is still being done on the approach to the site and stone being added and graded. The Roland Road entrance to the Short Hills should be open soon. Thanks for your patience and thanks to all those involved in getting this Herculean task done.

January 2023 General Meeting

Interested in learning more about the Friends of Short Hills Park – first general meeting since January 2020 is Wednesday January 11th at 7:30pm, room 101 at E.L. Crossley Secondary School in Fonthill. Speaker is board member and geologist Bert Murphy who will talk about the “Real Age of the Earth”. All welcome!

Trash Bash 2022 -Thanks to our volunteers!

To celebrate Earth Day, the Friends of Short Hills Park is hosting our annual Trash Bash on Saturday, April 23 from 9 am to noon. Please meet at the white Ontario Parks building at the bottom of First Street Louth, wear bright clothing, sturdy shoes and gloves. Refreshments will be provided. We are tackling the perimeter of the park (roadways) so this event is not suitable for children, however high school students can earn community service credits for helping us. Hope to see you there!

Birds of Ontario: an Introduction to Birdwatching

We’d like to let our community know about a free online lecture on Friday, September 17th at 7pm by naturalist and vice chair of the Parks Ontario board, David Lindsay, entitled “Birds of Ontario: an Introduction to Birdwatching.”

The lecture is hosted by the Yorkminster Park Speakers Series,, and is open to all.

This event is free but registration is required, which can be done through the Eventbrite page at the above link.