Short Hills Provincial Park is a 735 hectare natural environment park. Geographically, the park is situated in the Regional Municipality of Niagara, spanning St. Catharines, Pelham and Thorold. Notable features such as the Niagara Escarpment and Carolinian Forests are protected in the park as they are provincially significant earth science and life science features.
Access to the park’s trails is gained from parking lots located off Pelham, Roland, and Wiley Roads. Gilligan Road, a gravel path into the park from Pelham Road, provides access for emergency vehicles.
Park users can enjoy various activities such as hiking, fishing, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking on authorized trails. Trails have been clearly marked with colour-coded numbers to show their designated activities:
YELLOW markers indicate shared-use (bikers, hikers, horseback riding)
BLUE markers indicate hikers only
RED markers indicate hikers and physically challenged
Visitors are asked to obey all signs posted in and around the park, and are strongly encouraged not to use the park during wet weather. This causes deterioration of trails and severe environmental damage such as erosion.
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Chair – Anne Kubu
Chair Emeritus – George Dewar
Vice-Chair – Paul Humber
Secretary – Alicia Aitchison
Treasurer – Dave Baker
Membership – Brian Custers
- Peter Bryan
- Fred Farnham
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Ontario Parks – Ryan Adams, Assistant Superintendent