5 picturesque kid-friendly walking trails

I love to get outside and walk in nature as often as possible. It can restore my sanity after busy week. However, weekends also mean finding energy-burning activities for the kids. So I am always happy to find spots to combine both.

Here are 5 tranquil trails that are accessible with a stroller and easy for young kids to walk.

Happy Rolph’s Animal 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… find out more.

Walking trail at Happy Rolph's Petting Farm
Walking trail at Happy Rolph’s Petting Farm


Ball’s Falls

Set amongst the beautiful Twenty Valley, Ball’s Falls is only a 20 minute drive from St Catharines. The hikes to the upper and lower falls are easy 20 minute strolls from the Ball’s Falls Conservation Centre, where there is parking, information and facilities… find out more.

The upper falls at Ball's Falls
The upper falls at Ball’s Falls


Jaycee Gardens Park to Lakeside Park

Parents will enjoy the beautiful leafy surrounds of Jaycee Gardens and the water views and appreciate the fun available for kids. This walk takes about 20 minutes one way, and includes two different playgrounds: one near the beginning of the walk and one at the end… find out more.

Walking bridge from Jaycee Gardens Park to Rennie Park, Port Dalhousie
Walking bridge from Jaycee Gardens Park to Rennie Park, Port Dalhousie


Rotary park

If you don’t have a lot of time, but need to get the kids (or your fur baby) out for a walk, this is a very pretty spot. It only takes us about 20 minutes to do a slow loop of the park, including a stop to take in the beautiful view of the Niagara Escarpment and Twelve Mile Creek… find out more.

The view of Twelve Mile Creek from Rotary Park
The view of Twelve Mile Creek from Rotary Park


Historic Knifeworks

When we want to take the kids for a walk, but don’t have time to venture too far from our home base in St Catharines, we like to visit the Historic Knifeworks site. Enjoy this easy walk through a leafy landscape along a creek and spot a little bit of St Catharines history… find out more.

Crossing the bridge on the Merritt Trail near the Historic Knifeworks site
Crossing the bridge on the Merritt Trail near the Historic Knifeworks site

Do you know of other beautiful kid-friendly trails in the Niagara Region we should try? We’d love to hear about it – Instagram (@stcatharinesstreet)FacebookTwitter.