Profile Last Updated: May 06, 2008
Located south of Grand Bend at the lip of Lake Huron, Pinery Provincial Park is site to a sprawling 6,330 acres of nature’s goodness. Home to diverse breeds of flora and fauna, the environment contains hundreds of plant, bird, butterfly and reptile species and is the largest protected forest in southwestern Ontario. Also included within Pinery Park is the Oak Savanna ecosystem, a rare and fragile habitat that exists on the fringe between prairie grasslands and oak forests. Truly a scarce specimen, Pinery Park protects nearly 50 percent of the remaining Oak Savanna in the world. Aside from woodlands and thickets, the freshwater coastal dunes found along the shores of the Huron are blanketed by grasses, wormwood and other robust vegetation able to withstand the extreme temperatures and harsh conditions found in this sand-laden zone. In accordance with the Park’s mandate, boardwalks allow visitors to explore this unique area without trampling its natural wonders.
Things to Do While You See
Just as amazing as the natural landscape, the recreational activities at Pinery Park are as equally exciting. With 10 kilometres of beaches, 10 nature trails, 38 kilometres of ski trails, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, cycling and hydro-biking, there’s plenty to do while sight-seeing and the Park contains rental shops for many of these fun diversions. The Park also offers three campgrounds with a total of 1,000 campsites, including optional electric utilities. Whether you wish to tent, trailer, or use one of their 12 yurts (heated tents with bunk beds, electricity, BBQ and picnic shelter), the grounds at Pinery offer many options for short or longer term stays. Education, too, is part of the roster with conducted walks, canoe and bike hikes, a kids program, aquatic discovery and nightly entertainment in the Park’s Outdoor Theatre.