Pinery October 2013

I love to visit Pinery Provincial Park in winter, spring and fall because there are few other people about to disturb my personal enjoyment of this peaceful place. Pinery is located on Lake Huron about 10km south of Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada. Along with 8km of sandy dune-side beach, visitors enjoy many hiking trails and the picnic areas along the Ausable River which flows through the park property.

The park has three main campground areas – Dunes, Riverside and Burley. Burley closes after Labour Day weekend and is not accessible by car until late June. I drive to the Carolinian Trail parking lot and walk in along the Burley campground road. Riverside is open year-round for campers and has a few yurts available, too. Dunes closes to campers after Thanksgiving weekend.

During the off-seasons, exploring the empty campsites and hiking the dunes to the beach is my idea of a fun afternoon. I hope you enjoy these photos of my October 20, 2013 day trip to Pinery Provincial Park.

Pinery Provincial Park is not a wilderness camp area. The sites are relatively close to each other. If you enjoy the sights and sounds of other campers, you will love this park. There is a restaurant, camp store, ice cream parlour and the campground washrooms are clean, with showers and laundry rooms. You can rent bikes for getting around this very big park. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboats are rentable for exploring the Ausable River.

I love it in the spring for the many birds that migrate through or live year round. I have seen several types of woodpeckers, loons, hawks, orioles, finches, cedar waxwings, tanagers and the perennial robins and red-wings. Waterfowl seen include Canada goose, wood ducks, grebes. I own a Canon PowerShot; it’s telephoto capabilities are very limited, or I would have amazing bird pics! One of these days I will be able to afford a better camera.

If you have been to Pinery, please comment about your experience there. If not, get there, if you can – you will love it.

Wishing you safe and happy travels.


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