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Happy Rolph's Bird Sanctuary

A 15.06-acre municipal park on the shores of Lake Ontario, Happy Rolph's Bird Sanctuary boasts one of Canadas 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 

Further Information

http://video.stcatharinesstandard.ca/video/featured/latest/1418394179001/happy-rolph-bird-sancutuary/1663768697001 (Posted 30 May 2012)

Ownership & Management

City of St. Catharines



Picnic pavilion




Fully Accessible

Accessible Niagara website about Happy Rolphs: http://accessibleniagara.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=58&Itemid=1


Happy Rolph's Bird Sanctuary
Read Road North
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2M 7M3


(905) 937-7210

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.226963864511
Longitude -79.202923221435
UTM easting 645938
UTM northing 4787587


Recreation and Community Services
City of St. Catharines
320 Geneva Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7C2
Tel (905) 937-7210
Fax 905-646-9262
Email jmclaghlin@stcatharines.ca

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