The landscape in the Short Hills area is Quiet unlike anywhere else in Niagara. It has been moulded into a jumble of small but steep hills and valleys by the last ice age. With its varied topography, enchanting woods, winding lanes, and historic buildings, Short Hills is a delightful area for for walking, biking, and car touring.

The tiny community of St. Johns is a good starting point for many a tour through the Short Hills. It is hard to believe that the tiny, sleepy hamlet of St. John was once a thriving, bustling community.

Trilliums in the Short Hills Provincial Park

The village formed around a sawmill that was built on Twelve Mile Creek in 1792. A post office was established in 1831, at which time the village boasted a woollen factory, a tannery, a foundry, stores, and several mills. Sadly, the village declined to almost nothing when the early water power of Short Hills was replaced by the greater resources and transportation convenience of the Welland Canal. The hamlet, although greatly reduced in size from its hey day, has retained its picturesque charm.


Short Hills Provincial Park, located in the centre of the Niagara region, covers are area of 660 hectares. It is the largest provincial park in Niagara Region. Visitors can enjoy the wide variety of animal and plant life in the park.

Short Hills Provincial Park is a prime destination for various recreational activities like hiking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding.

The park contains seven established trails including the Bruce Trail and several waterfalls. The park is a mix of dense forests, open meadows, creeks and gentle hills that creates a good hiking environment.

Short Hills Provincial Park

Each of the seven trails are designated as either "hikers only" or "hikers and physically challenged" or multi-use (horses, cyclists, and hikers).

Short Hills Provincial Park - General Information

  • Admission to the park is free.
  • The park is open 7 days a week.
  • Camping is not permitted in the park.
  • No cooking fires or campfires are allowed.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed in the park.
  • Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. Must not defecate on pathways.

Short Hills Provincial Park,
Pelham Rd, St. Catharines, ON, Canada

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