Pinery Provincial Park
Pinery Provincial Park
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  • ausisteve
    Dundas, Canada9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great park but....
    The Pinery is a fabulous Provincial Park with so much to see and do. The beaches are amazing and the sunsets are spectacular. The one issue that we had is tje condition of the roads. With the park being large and spread out there are many kilometers of roadways to traverse. The roads are so bad oin some spots due to gigantic pot holes you'd think you were in a third world country. This is one of tje most popular parks in the province with hundreds of camp sites, surely tje province can come up with the finds to fix this glaring problem. Drive very slow folks and keep your eyes on the road ahead or you may find yourself needing a front end alignment.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Jamie_Canada1
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winter RV Camping at the Pinery.
    We winter camped twice at the pinery in 2024 with our 36 foot fifth wheel camper. What a lovely time of year to camp. The park is very empty at this time and you can explore the trails and beach without hardly running into anyone. The section of the park that is open during the winter months is called Riverside #1. They have heated showers and heated washrooms in this area of the park only. The map and trailer size needs to updated. There are a lot of lots when booking online that say a trailer over 32 feet won't fit on certain sites which minimizes the spots available. This map/website information is not accurate and needs to be updated as larger trailers will fit on many but not all lots that are zoned out for over 32 feet. This is the case in many parts of the park. We walked through the park looking for sites in the summer, some lots said 32 and under and there lots that will fit a 40 foot trailer, so keep this in mind when booking. Also, take note of how far away the electrical is, some sites you need a lot of cord to reach, that part is accurate. The dump station is open but there is no water available. We just brought a big water jug to flush out our toilet when dumping and then re-winterized immediately. We did not use water in our trailer otherwise, washrooms were close. Lots of birds to be found in the park and the chickadees will eat out of your hand. The visitor center is open on weekends. Staff is friendly and helpful. Wood can be bought at the front gate and we found it to be nice and dry. Overall, great stay, we wish they would open more of the park up to camping opportunities in the winter. Especially the sites along the river. It seems to be a popular spot.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2024
  • CdnGoldy
    Kitchener, Canada937 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pinery provides most things you would want in a beachside provincial park
    We stayed in the Riverside campground 1 which is a very high density campground with drive through sites and 30 and 15 amp power. The showers and comfort stations (toilets) are kept very clean. The playgrounds are very nice, and the Pinery has beautiful extraordinary fresh water sandy beaches. There are 11 trails ranging from under 1 km to, I think, 14 km. Some of the trails are accessible. The chalet (entrance building) sells dry firewood, kindling and ice.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2024
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CdnGoldy
Kitchener, Canada937 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We stayed in the Riverside campground 1 which is a very high density campground with drive through sites and 30 and 15 amp power.

The showers and comfort stations (toilets) are kept very clean. The playgrounds are very nice, and the Pinery has beautiful extraordinary fresh water sandy beaches.

There are 11 trails ranging from under 1 km to, I think, 14 km. Some of the trails are accessible. The chalet (entrance building) sells dry firewood, kindling and ice.

Written April 6, 2024
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Jamie_Canada1
Ontario29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We winter camped twice at the pinery in 2024 with our 36 foot fifth wheel camper. What a lovely time of year to camp. The park is very empty at this time and you can explore the trails and beach without hardly running into anyone.

The section of the park that is open during the winter months is called Riverside #1. They have heated showers and heated washrooms in this area of the park only. The map and trailer size needs to updated. There are a lot of lots when booking online that say a trailer over 32 feet won't fit on certain sites which minimizes the spots available. This map/website information is not accurate and needs to be updated as larger trailers will fit on many but not all lots that are zoned out for over 32 feet. This is the case in many parts of the park. We walked through the park looking for sites in the summer, some lots said 32 and under and there lots that will fit a 40 foot trailer, so keep this in mind when booking. Also, take note of how far away the electrical is, some sites you need a lot of cord to reach, that part is accurate.

The dump station is open but there is no water available. We just brought a big water jug to flush out our toilet when dumping and then re-winterized immediately. We did not use water in our trailer otherwise, washrooms were close.

Lots of birds to be found in the park and the chickadees will eat out of your hand.

The visitor center is open on weekends. Staff is friendly and helpful.
Wood can be bought at the front gate and we found it to be nice and dry.

Overall, great stay, we wish they would open more of the park up to camping opportunities in the winter. Especially the sites along the river. It seems to be a popular spot.
Written March 18, 2024
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Glenn S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
This provincial park would be one of the gems of the Ontario provincial park system but sadly due to cattle ranching operations in the area the entire Beach is infested with stable flies.

Stable flies are one of the worst human pests because they are so well adapted to us that they seem almost intelligent.

They will bite your ankles and arms relentlessly and the bites are very painful. Deet is totally ineffective against them, and there is only one repellent that marginally repels them and I'm not telling you what it is.

At some times there may be 10 or 20 flies attacking you at the time and all you can do is run or suffer their intensely painful bites.

Their mode of biting is that like a mosquito so they can bite right through most clothing.

They are a nightmare that are Ontario provincial government is doing nothing about.

Pinery is one of my favorite places that I never visit anymore because you never know how bad it's going to be and the Ontario park system has no reporting system.

It is a mess of denial and incompetence
Written August 28, 2023
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ausisteve
Dundas, Canada9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Pinery is a fabulous Provincial Park with so much to see and do. The beaches are amazing and the sunsets are spectacular. The one issue that we had is tje condition of the roads. With the park being large and spread out there are many kilometers of roadways to traverse. The roads are so bad oin some spots due to gigantic pot holes you'd think you were in a third world country. This is one of tje most popular parks in the province with hundreds of camp sites, surely tje province can come up with the finds to fix this glaring problem. Drive very slow folks and keep your eyes on the road ahead or you may find yourself needing a front end alignment.
Written July 30, 2023
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betty l
Brampton, Canada10,617 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Right after our visit to Grand Bend beach we decided to visit the Pinery Provincial Park and check out their beach area.

There are 10 parking lots near the beach.Parking lots 1& 2 are pet friendly so you can walk your dogs here.We decided to park in Parking Lot 3 which has access to the beach thru wooden stairs.

The sand in this beach is much finer than the one in the Grand Bend beach.We collected some pebble stones from the shoreline to use as decor for our home. The drive to the beach area from the entrance is quite long.
Written July 1, 2023
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CdnGoldy
Kitchener, Canada937 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We visited the Pinery on Easter weekend 2023, and we stayed in Riverside campground area 1, campsite 442. This campsite is full sun all day, which is really great for early spring or late fall camping. Our campsite had no privacy, was a pull-through site with lanes on both sides, open entirely. There was some light trees and bushes between us and the next campsites, but not enough to afford privacy. We were lookng straight in on the campsite next to us. The site was very sandy which is quite nice.

This area had high population density with numerous cabins and yurts in the area as well. The washrooms were very clean, and well-maintained while we were there.

In a prior review I mentioned that at the Pinery that time wardens did not patrol in our area at all. This time we saw them everyday which is both an improvement, and in keeping with our experiences at other provincial parks.

There is a lot to do at the Pinery with different activities all weekend (very important)! There are many trails, beautiful waterway (old Ausable Channel), and Lake Huron with beautiful sandy beaches. There are also canoe rentals, a visitor centre and a store.
Written April 9, 2023
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Jess
Toronto, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Amazing sandy beach. Long stretch so always space. Decent privacy for most sites. One of my favorite campgrounds next to Sandbanks.
Written January 23, 2023
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OntarioTravellers2
Sarnia, Canada443 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Nice park with trails, nature center, store and canoe rental BUT way too much poison ivy everywhere! With the amount of money this park brings in they can afford to eradicate this especially where you need to plug in your RV.
Written September 25, 2022
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Dan_Taylor_13
Walton, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
went to the park in July. great week, lots of reviews on here to outline the good stuff. I'm only here to share info on fishing!
So, first off, if you have a kayak/canoe, bring it. the Ausable river runs through the park and offers some very easy paddling with plenty of different fishing to be had.

Pike - river is full of them. the area around the kayak rental place is very shallow with a full weed bottom. (well, right at the dock its much deeper but as you paddle away, it shallows up. no fishing on the kayak docks). The pike sit in the weeds or small pockets with no weeds. if you are quiet, you can paddle right over them. I saw multiple 3 footers with a couple close to the 40 inches. big fish. you have a couple feet of water above the weeds, I was running jointed rapalas and after a few days, I found the pike liked the bigger baits, darker colours. campground number 4 is located on a deeper section of the river then the kayak rental area. water is much deeper, 8-10 ft in sections. I found more active pike in this area with lots of follow ins and top water blow ups.

bass/sunfish - I really didn't fish for these. lol, left it to the kids. but let me tell you, an old fashion worm and a bobber would be a riot after supper. bridges get a little crowded with kids but sometimes that's half the fun when someone gets a bigger one.

Bowfin - I don't have a lot of experience with these, but the shallow area of the river had plenty. you will see them cruising around. Very aggressive fish. Again, I was throwing jointed rapalas over the weed beds and these things would crush them. only in the early morning, not sure where they hid after the sun came up.

launch areas - there are a few around the park. the launch area across from the kayak area is pretty good. we stayed in camp #2 and I would drive the yak over to Burley bridge and paddle back to camp #4. best stretch of river for big pike in my opinion.
Written July 29, 2022
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Ali
Toronto, Canada16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Its a beautiful park on the Huron. Day use area can get crowded. Camping area beaches are really nice with an amazing sunset. You can canoe and swim. The beach and the water are both clean.
Written July 28, 2022
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