Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend

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Explore the rare ecosystems at Pinery Provincial Park. Established in 1957, the 2,500 hectare (6,189 acre) park is dedicated to protecting the ecology of oak savannah and coastal dunes, as well as their respective wildlife. Choose one of the numerous scenic hiking trails, or cycle along the savannah path. Enjoy the picturesque lakeside views with a relaxing walk on the shores of Lake Huron, and rent a canoe or paddleboat to get out on the water. A birdwatcher's haven, the park also has facilities for overnight camping and fishing. See Pinery Provincial Park and all Grand Bend has to offer by arranging your trip with our Grand Bend tour app .
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  • This park is always booked solid in the summertime, but I finally had the chance to visit over Thanks Giving (October 2017) and now I know why. It's absolutely fantastic, and easily the nicest conserv...  more »
  • This was our first visit to Pinery and we rented a Deluxe yurt at the last minute, for 1 night. The yurt is bigger than the standard one, sleeps 6 comfortably, has a microwave/coffee maker/fridge, big...  more »
  • An amazing sand filled provincial park with pine and oak trees everywhere, campsites are semi-private but not in a aseptically organized fashion so there‚Äôs cool coats areas that are pretty intimate. B...  more »
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  • I like to refer to The Pinery Provincial Park as the Outer Banks of the Great Lakes. We like camping there that much. There are dunes near shore. The beaches are rarely all that crowded. The water is beautiful. And, the people seem to be more civilized than many others who camp and RV.
  • Fun experience! Definitely check the weather before going. Super cold and windy the day I went, but still gorgeous. Deer just walked by us while we were on certain trails. Definitely going to try cross country skiing!
  • It is my favourite provincial park in Ontario. You will have an amazing time with your family and friends. It has many great activities within the park, the beach is very nice, clear and clean water. The picnic areas are wonderful even for a day's visit. The staff are friendly and very helpful.
  • This park is massive. We went during the fall so they had a few sections of the park closed for the season but the beach front is very nice. They also have beach wheelchair for free rental!
  • This is a nice family getaway. Has lots of activities for children including biking, hiking, kayaking/canoeing. It's also a great place for wildlife watching. We saw several different birds and a turtle basking on a log while on the riverside trail. Another group near us was identifying all sorts of animal and plant life. Beach was also very nice, full of soft sand. We stayed at Dunes area 3 and camped for 2 nights over Thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately, there isn't a "leave no trace" policy enforced in this park and the campsite is littered with garbage. Access to the beach was a bit further than I'd like; was about a 10 minute walk. Comfort station was in good condition and showers were definitely a plus. There was ample privacy as far as car camping goes. The trees and bushes gave enough cover to shield from neighbouring sites but doesn't stop passerbys from looking in from busy roadways. Park store and rentals closes at 5 but on the brochure it mentioned that the store closes at 10pm. Those were summer hours perhaps? All in all for 2 nights stay, we did what we wanted to do without a bike and still enjoyed ourselves. We think the experience would have been even better if we had brought our bikes as the Savanna trail runs around the park and places aren't exactly walkable from the campsite (30 min walk to the store maybe?). We drove everywhere around the park which kind of defeats the purpose of being in the nature.

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