You’re Welcome #4, Southwestern Ontario West – Pinery Provincial Park
Pinery is one of my fav destinations for fun and photography. Don’t tell anybody, or it may become overrun with tourists. Already it is extremely busy during summer weekends, particularly the official ‘long’ weekends with holidays attached to them – Victoria Day in May, Canada Day on July 1, Civic Holiday (at least in Ontario) first of August, Labour Day first week of September (except for Canada Day, the dates are not constant). Camping is busy, then, too. But, this park is camp site sold-out on a regular basis during the summer months. Reservations can be booked, I think it’s 5 months in advance on the Ontario Parks reservation service; Pinery fills up fast, it is that great a place to be. I rarely camp there in summer, it’s too busy for me, but I day use regularly after work and on weekends. On summer weekends, I tend to get there for 8AM opening and stay til 1 if it gets busy, later if it’s not so much.
I have taken quite a while to get to my introduction of Pinery Provincial Park, representing the west of my north, east, west and south travel destinations in southwestern Ontario. The reason? As my main focus is photos of my fav places in this region, it has taken a lot of time to go through my pics of Pinery. I have an Ontario Provincial Park pass for the year which gets me into any of these parks for day use. It costs $150 per year. Because it is only a 40 minute drive from home, I get to Pinery at least 3 times a week average during April to November, so it’s worth it for me to buy the pass. And because I go there a lot, I have many, many pics to review for this blog.
Pinery Provincial Park is located about 10km south of Grand Bend, the local town where many young people beach it up. I don’t go to Grand Bend; it’s too busy for me. It’s a great place, if you like that sort of thing. The main ‘strip’ used to be charming with an arcade, mini-golf, amusement park, etc.; those features may still be there. However, the municipality reworked the road and now it’s rather ugly, in my opinion. There are great burger shops, clothing and souvenir places, but it’s not for me.
For me: the beauty of Pinery. It’s huge, with many trails, a river, 8km of beach, hundreds of camp sites and lots of day use picnic spots. The flora – oak, cedar and pine – combined with the fauna – deer, raccoons, birds – make this an amazing place to while away my hours. I love the outdoors and Pinery provides me with everything that I need to enjoy being part of the natural world.
I will in time return to a more in-depth look at Pinery. For now, here’s some pics of the place.
As you can see, sunsets are big there. When I get to a more detailed review of Pinery (and I will, one day blog that), I will include much more of the woods.
Please feel free to ask me more about Pinery and fun places to go in southwestern Ontario. Next blog will be the south as represented by Long Point Provincial Park – my other fav place to go for camping, hiking, nature and photography. Until then, may your life be full of the wonder of the world.