Recreation & Leisure
Pelham and the Niagara Region offer an abundance of recreational outlets and leisure pursuits that cater to a wide range of personal interests. A strong sense of community pride is evident in Pelham, and there's never a lack of support for the Pelham Panthers, 2009-2010 Ontario Minor Hockey Association bantam A/E champions.
Pelham's many side roads, and close proximity to the Welland Canal trail system offers cyclists hundreds of kilometers of roads and trails to explore. The Niagara Region Bicycling Map highlights many routes.
The rink, in Fonthill, is open seasonally from September 15 to March 31. It offers public skating, figure skating and ice skating lessons and adult and youth ice hockey. For more information call 905 892-5694.
Harold S. Bradshaw Memorial Park:
Originally a family farm, this 50-acre section of land was bequeathed by Bradshaw (1900-1982) to the Town of Pelham for use as a public park. For nearly 25 years, the site was allowed to regenerate and mature. Development began in 2002 and the gates were officially opened in summer 2003.
As you walk the 1 km main trail you'll encounter many species of plants and animals, wetlands, an orchard and a tributary of the Coyle Creek. In addition to the main trail, several sub-trails have been created to explore: The Butterfly Trail, The Orchard Trail and the Evergreen Trail.
The park is open year round from dawn to dusk and has accessible parking, washrooms and a picnic area.
- Centennial Park - 999 Church Street, Fenwick, ON
- Marlene Stewart Streit Park - 55 Park Lane, Fonthill, ON
- Haorld Black Park - 953 Haist St., Fonthill, ON
- Hillcrest Park - 199 Pancake Lane, Fonthill, ON
- Hurleston Park - 23 Shorthill Place, Fonthill, ON
- North Pelham Park - 1780 Cream St., North Pelham, ON
- Pelham Corners Park - 1077 Edward Ave., Fonthill, ON
- Peace Park - 20 Pelham Town Square, Fonthill, ON
- Woodstream Park - 79 Spruceside Drive,Fonthill, ON
The Bruce Trail:
The Bruce Trail, an 800 kilometers long trail in Ontario, has portions in the Niagara region along and the Niagara Escarpment. Each year, more than 400,000 people explore and enjoy Ontario's natural beauty on the trail that spans from Niagara all the way north to Tobermory, Ont.
Truly unique to Pelham and Niagara is the Niagara Escarpment, which was designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990. Other reserves include places such as the Everglades, the Galapagos Islands and the Serengeti. The Escarpment is home to more than 300 bird species, 53 species of mammals and various species of fish, reptiles and amphibians.
Steve Bauer Trail:
This is a six-kilometre trail that stretches from Fonthill to Welland and is being expanded as part of Pelham's 2010 Official Plan. Steve Bauer is one of Pelham's great internationally-renowned athletes. The trail recognizes Steve's success in cycling, most notably his wearing of the prestigious yellow jersey 14 times over two Tour de France competitions, and his silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
The trail winds through different subdivisions of Pelham, wooded areas and parallels some roads. A guide to the Steve Bauer Trail System, which includes a full map, is available at Pelham Town Hall.
Peninsula Lakes Golf Course
One of Niagara's premiere golf destinations, Peninsula Lakes hosts more than 10,000 Tournament and Corporate Event Rounds each season. Visit their website for course and tournament details.
Lookout Point Golf & Country Club
Tee-off atop the Niagara Escarpment and be swept away by Lookout Point's stunning view from the clubhouse. On a clear day, the skyline of Niagara Falls can be seen, some 20 kilometres distant. For course information, please visit the Lookout Point Golf & Country Club website.
Pelham Hills Golf & Country Club
A longstanding Niagara favourite, Pelham Hills Golf & Country Club's established parkland-style course offers generous fairways, greenside mounding, numerous bunkers, thick rough, expansive ponds and wooded areas. Pelham Hills Golf Course and Country Club is located in Pelham just outside Welland, easily accessible from Niagara Falls and most anywhere within the Golden Horseshoe. More information is available on the Pelham Hills Golf & Country Club website.
Sawmill Golf Course
Nestled amid Niagara's award-winning wineries, Sawmill offers a memorable experience to all golfers in a picturesque setting. Characterized by rolling hills, deciduous woodlands, and meandering creeks the golf course blends naturally into the surrounding countryside. For more information, visit the Sawmill Golf Course website.
Riverview Golf & Country Club (website under development)
Most come for Riverview Golf and Country Club's friendly, country atmosphere and its "no rush" philosophy on golf. Playing into a bend of the Red River, Riverview Golf and Country Club is almost entirely circled by trees, water hazards, a creek and the river. Water comes into play on the five of the nine holes.
18 holes, Tee Times: 905-892-3774
Website: www.riverviewgolfclub.ca (coming soon)
313 Victoria Ave
Short Hills Provincial Park
Popular activities at Short Hills include, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and mountain biking. The park contains six-side trails including the Bruce Trail and two waterfalls; it offers a mix of both dense forests and open meadows, with meandering creeks and gentle hills. Short Hills is a pristine example of Niagara's natural beauty.
E.C. Brown Conservation Area
Located on the Welland River in the southern portion of Pelham, E.C. Brown has a boat launch and picnic pavilion. Pack a lunch, your fishing rod, and a book to read to enjoy a laid-back summer's day with the family. No camping or horse back riding is permitted.
The last ice age left a geographical feature in Pelham that rises 290 metres above sea level. Composed of sand and gravel, it stands at the highest elevation in the region.
Like the Niagara Escarpment, it greatly affects the local climate by sheltering winds, providing good growing conditions for numerous crops, including grapes for the wine industry. Sand and gravel are also mined in this area.