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Pinery Provincial Park.

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Just down the road from Grand Bend, but a world away from town life, you’ll find Pinery Provincial Park — home to dramatic sand dunes, towering oaks, and Ontario’s only lizard (the five lined skink), plus great swimming along 10 kilometres of sandy beach.

Pinery Provincial Park contains much of the remaining Oak Savanna woodland to be found in North America, a unique ecosystem that is characterized by lightly forested grasslands and dominated by majestic oak trees.

Another unique habitat to explore at The Pinery is the freshwater coastal dunes found along the shores of Lake Huron. Boardwalks protect the fragile dunes and their rare plant life and animal species while providing entry to the park’s legendary sandy beaches.

Visitors to the park can access 10 nature trails. There is also canoeing, kayaking and fishing along the quiet reaches of the Old Ausable Channel.

Pinery Provincial Park has some 1,000 campsites in three distinct campgrounds. Four hundred of those sites have electrical hook-ups and many are pull through. Twelve furnished Yurt campsites are located in Riverside Campground. There are also three designated group camping areas in Pinery Park.

The Pinery’s busy season starts the long weekend in May and runs through July and August to Labour Day. To guarantee a camping site is available and avoid disappointment, you’ll need to make a reservation well in advance of your trip. To make a reservation, contact Ontario Parks.

To get to Pinery Provincial Park, take the 401 west to Highway 8. Turn right onto Huron Street, turn left onto County Road 130, turn right onto Perth Line 20, then turn left onto Ontario 21 south/Bluewater Highway.