Walking trail at Happy Rolph's Petting Farm

Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary and Petting Farm

Happy Rolph’s Petting Farm is not aptly named. You can’t “pet” the cute farm animals, which may disappoint some. However, this is one of my favourite places in the Niagara Region to take my children for beautiful walks along the lake, fun on the playground, and, of course, watching the adorable farm animals.


When we visit Happy Rolph’s, we like to park the car at the far end of the play equipment, rather than enter straight through the animal enclosures. Taking the first path through the trees to our right we circle down to the water to take in the picturesque view, and maybe stop for a morning snack.


If you feel like a longer walk, you can continue along the water front from here. However, with our young kids, it’s normally time to circle back up to feed the ducks and Canada geese. The kids love spotting turtles peeking there heads up in the pond too.


Once back to the start of our walk the kids laugh at the goats munching on piles of hay, cluck at the chickens and coo over the cute calf, among other animals.


The play equipment here is quite large with tunnels to climb through and a few different slides, and swings. There are also decent washrooms near the playground, and picnic tables for lunch.


Bring the family here to enjoy the beautiful scenery, look at the cute farm animals and play on the equipment.


Approximate walk time It takes us about 30 minutes to walk the loop from the car park and back up past duck pond with small kids in tow.

Facilities Yes. There are bathrooms near the playground

Picnic tables Yes.

Play equipment Yes.

Is there coffee nearby? There are no cafes or coffee shops in walking distance. Bring a takeaway!

Other features Feed the ducks, and see the farm animals

Location 650 Read Rd, St Catharines, ON L2R 7K6

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