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“Pinery Provincial Park”

Pinery Provincial Park
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Grand Bend
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 24, 2014

The park is at it's best when the summer has come to an end and the fall weather is upon us. The crowds have gone home and the diehards, the true campers, are here. Nights are dark, and can be chilly, but a warm fire sets the night aglow, and warms the heart and soul. This week, mother nature brought us cool, wet weather.... but, thats the thing about camping....a warm coat, mitts and a hat is all it takes to enjoy the falling leaves, the smell of the fall weather. This week we were entertained by the howling of coyotes, very close, but far enough away. Spend a fall week at The Pinery.....

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Reviewed October 15, 2014

Amazing place this time of year (October, 2014). Wonderful Autumn Colors, fabulous weather and beaches to walk on.

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Reviewed October 8, 2014

It is early October. Beautiful Lake Huron - quiet on the fist night, raging whitecaps the second day. Beautiful and clean beaches.

Thank Rick W
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Reviewed October 7, 2014

We've never camped at the Pinery in peak season. We camp at the Pinery in April each year and the quietness and natural setting is amazing. We spent a great deal of time watching muskrats and ducks in the Ausable River, which was right beside our campsite.
Walking on the Riverside, Hickory and Bittersweet Trails are some of our favourite activities.

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Reviewed October 1, 2014

We love the Pinery! I've been reading some of the negative reviews and want to speak to some of those. First of all, it's not Muskoka, it doesn't have the small lakes and rocky outcroppings, it's southern Lake Huron! Of course it has bugs, it's in the forest, lol. The river is not man made, it's a river that has been gradually filling in for many years because of the new cuts that have been made to the river. Google Old Ausable Channel and you'll get the info. It is one of the busiest parks in Ontario so it's hard to get a site, unfortunately, that's the way it is. They've been making changes to the reservation system for a while now to try and keep people from abusing the system but there's only so much they can do. It's definitely not a park you can decide to go to at the last minute.
Now to our stay in September. We camped in the Dunes as it's nice and close to the beach and Burley is closed, which is our area of choice. If you're wanting to walk to the beach, don't camp at Riverside. Staff drive the park, twice a day, it's pretty hard to be at all places at once to patrol for noise. They can't know of the noise if no one reports it. We had a great week even with the rain that we had. As usual, everything was great. September is a slower season for the park so make sure you pay attention to hours of operation of the store, visitor's centre etc. There are no programs going on in September, except I think on weekends. If you want to try the park at a quieter time of year, this is when to do it.

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