A 15.06-acre municipal park on the shores of Lake Ontario, Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary boasts one of Canada’s most exotic collections of flowering rhododendrons.
There is also a petting farm, which includes chickens, pigs, horses, rabbits, sheep, goats, llamas, as well as a donkey named ‘Hoti’ — ‘Don Quixote’. Hundreds of ducks, geese and native birds live in the sanctuary’s nearby pond. The pond’s inlet, sheltered by evergreens and bordered by grassy banks and willow trees, offers food and shelter for the resident waterfowl and migratory birds.
There are pathways to the lake, bird feeders, and a barn. It is an ideal location for families or school groups to spend a day picnicking and visiting the animals. There are washrooms, a snack bar and a pavilion with plenty of picnic tables. Happy Rolphs is also available for annual festivals and weddings.
A trail running throughout the park leads to a peaceful waterfront memorial to Canadian victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Those that died are memorialized by twenty seven varieties of decidious trees that line the trail. The wheelchair accessible walkway has benches with beautiful vistas on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Hours of Operation:
Park Daily 7:00 am – Dusk Petting Zoo Seasonal hours Some special events are hosted at Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary. Contact the City of St. Catharines Recreation and Community Services Department for details.
Read Road North from Lakeshore Road
Ownership & Management: City of St. Catharines
Facilities: Parking, Picnic pavilion, Snackbar, Washrooms
Address: Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary, Read Road North, St. Catharines, Ontario L2M 7M3
Telephone: (905) 937-7210
Administration: Recreation and Community Services, City of St. Catharines, 320 Geneva Street, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C2