Lo and I loaded up for a winter walk through the Short Hills provincial park. We had a full trunk of snow shoes, poles, coats and all sorts of fun clothing layers, cooking gear and a single burner stove (for hot chocolate after of course!). Our TomTom GPS had the main parking lot off of Pelham Road as a POI (update form the Internet) near Pelham.
When we got to the parking lot a few couples were making their way out. We said hello and I asked how the trails were and if we’d need our snow shoes. We were informed the trails were pretty well packed and easily passable so we left the shoes in the trunk. There were only a few spots where I wished I had put on my gators as the snow hugged my upper ankles but other than that hiking boots were fine. We came across a few people using snow shoes – either for fun or for the metal treads to help with some of the climbs and descents.
I chose to do hike Number 6: Terrace Creek Trail. There are blue 6’s painted on trees through out the hike and while it is mostly well marked there were a few spots where I wished I had a compass to go with our little map. The hike loop is just under 5k but it felt like 10. Lots of hills and it did actually take us 2 hours as advertised. I don’t think the distance included getting to the loop from the parking lot. The final hill to get up to the parking lot feels a lot steeper than it looks going down.
After hiking we had some hot chocolate and then went to my Parents for dinner. Niagara has easily 8-12 inches of snow where South of St. Catharines – where we were – is only 4-6 inches I’d say. Mississauga is of course barely trace amounts maybe 1-2 inches.
We have some pictures but I need to find the cable for my new camera. My laptop doesn’t have an XD card reader.
Edit: Photos are posted here.