On the shores of Lake Huron and south of Grand Bend, Ontario is one of the finest parks in the province of Ontario’s park system. In this Pinery Provincial Park guide, we detail what you need to know before planning your camping trip here.
Overview of Pinery Provincial Park
With winding dunes leading to a beautiful beach, and a river in bloom with water lilies, Oak Savannah is so incredibly biodiverse and rare that it’s easily one of the most beautiful parks in Ontario.
While the Grand Bend and Pinery sunsets can’t precisely be confirmed as being ranked “World’s Top 10 Most Beautiful” by National Geographic, I’ll wager my claim that sunsets here will be an experience pretty awesome.
The park was established in 1957 and operated year-round, which makes this a multi-purpose park for all seasons. Location wise, the park is halfway between Grand Bend and Port Franks
Two prominent features of the Pinery are the dunes and the Oak Savannah. These rolling dunes help protect the sand from the shock of waves from Lake Huron and 10 kilometers of beach. In Oak Savannah, you have a dense oak-dominated grassland and a rare forest that is no longer common.
In addition to Pinery Provincial Park for its numerous hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails, the Old Ausable Canal is ideal for canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddles, and socks. The campsites are, of course, well-managed, offering a variety of sites, facilities, and amenity stations.
In particular, Pinery Provincial Park is also one of the few parks in Ontario that has winter.
Featured activities you must try when visiting this Park
Cycling: Take advantage of the 14km loop known as the Savanna Trail that cuts between the woods and the main road. You can also cycle at the campground.
Hiking – With ten trails to choose from, there’s a lot of fun hiking!
Hear the Birds – Along with hikes or anywhere in the park, Pinery has space for 319 different species of birds that you can spot if you’re patient.
On the Water – Whether renting or bringing your watercraft, there’s nothing like being on the Old Ausable Channel.
Fishing – You can fish anywhere on the Old Ausable Channel except south of Burley Bridge and right at the rental pier. Make sure you bring your license with you.
Swimming – With Lake Huron, you can hop in for a cool dip.
Winter Sports – There are 39 kilometers of packed and groomed cross-country trails, snowshoeing, outdoor rink skating, and tobogganing in winter.