Nature - Always Just a Short Walk Away in Pelham

Whether your ideal hike is a walk about Town or an escape into nature there is much to explore in Pelham.

Recognizing the cultural value of a walk-friendly environment, one of the first priorities when the Rotary Club of Fonthill was founded in 1991 was to sponsor the establishment of the Steve Bauer Trail system. This 6-kilometre multi-use trail loops through various Fonthill neighbourhoods, linking into Thorold to the north and Welland to the south.

Being home to the headwaters of the Twelve Mile Creek has sculpted a unique beauty to our landscape creating not only the ‘Short Hill’s that lends its name to our local provincial park but also imparts a ridged terrain to the John Nemy Nature Trail and adjacent Lathrop Nature Preserve.

Be sure to enjoy this hidden gem, located just minutes from Downtown Fonthill. You can access the trail from either Marlene Stewart Streit Park or from the Elm Street access point at Giles Street. Bring your skates in the winter there is a pond that is lovingly maintained by a kind local Citizen.

If you’re looking for a longer hike through natural landscapes, Short Hills Provincial Park offers a variety of multi-use trails and the St. John's Conservation Area, has nature trails highlighting our local Carolinian forest zone along with a small cold water trout pond.

Pelham’s newest community pathway is especially near and dear to my heart. The Gerry Berkhout Trail is a 6.5 kilometer straight away that follows the former Hamilton, Toronto, Buffalo rail line extending from Centennial Park in Fenwick to Murdoch Road, just north of Webber Road.

There are various access points as the Gerry Berkhout Trail crosses several rural roads including Balfour Rd., Cream St., Centre St, Poth St., Effingham St. and Pihach St. It is a flat, mixed use trail ideal for walkers and cyclists of all ages and often used for horse-riding as well.

While you’re there remember how generations before your also experienced our beautiful countryside as they gazed out the window of their railway car – if you listen very carefully you can still hear the train.

Article by Cathy Berkhout-Bosse as featured in Life in Pelham Community Guide Fall/Winter 2019 (Page 6)