Short Hills Provincial Park will be closed to the public November 11 and 12, November 25 and 26 and December 4 and 5, 2017 for a First Nation deer harvest. The harvest will begin one half-hour before sunrise and end one half-hour after sunset.
First Nation harvesters will use archery equipment and follow mandatory safety protocols.
The harvest will take place in the southern portion of the park, which has the fewest trails. Park staff will be monitoring access points to make the public aware that the park is closed for public safety.
Ontario respects Aboriginal and treaty rights, as recognized and affirmed under the Constitution Act, 1982, and is committed to meeting the province's constitutional and other obligations regarding Indigenous peoples.
For more information about the harvest call Melanie Milczynski, Ontario Parks Acting Southwest Zone Manager, at 519-873-4616.
Sedimentary deposits and glacial till once filled this valley, until Twelve Mile Creek sliced through, forming the “Short Hills.” Animals living here include white-tailed deer, coyote, and meadow vole. Pawpaw and sweet chestnut trees are among the southern plants.
Park Facilities and Activities: There are trails and three parking lots but no other visitor facilities. Hiking, horseback riding, fishing and mountain biking are popular activities in the park. There are trails restricted to hiking only. Please also check out the Friends of Short Hills Park website.
Location: About 4 km southwest of St. Catharines, along the Niagara Escarpment. Access is via Cataract, Roland, or Pelham roads.