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Pinery Fall Classic - a Run/Walk to benefit Pinery Park

Thanks to everyone who came out to the rescheduled Fall classic on November 1st. Our numbers were fewer and conditions were lovely. It was brisk and sunny, the lake cooperated for beach runners, and the Fall colours were splendid. Participants ranged from serious runners to people who came out to enjoy a brisk walk on the 2K, 5K and 10K routes as well as the 4.8 K trail route.

We would like to thank our wonderful, loyal volunteers, many of whom come out year after year to help. Thank you to our sponsors. Mike and Terri Rahn of No Frills are major contributors: they donate funds for shirts as well as organize and bring the food and water. We so appreciate their constant support. Rotary is another regular sponsor. Thank you as well to Runners Choice, Oakwood Resort, Mountain Equipment Co-op and to the many local businesses who donated door prizes. We couldn't do it without you!

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Pinery Provincial Park

Towering Oak trees, sun flecks on a golden carpet of leaves, shrubs & wildflowers and a rich abundance of unique and rare organisms; to many, this is Pinery.

Pinery Provincial Park contains much of the remaining Oak Savanna woodland to be found in North America. Explore this unique ecosystem, along park roads, trails, beaches or quiet reaches of the Old Ausable Channel.

Today an Oak Savanna ecosystem rests atop an undulating sand dune topography that began forming over 6,000 years ago as glaciers retreated, leaving dunes more than 100 feet high. The panoramic view from lookouts presents a seemingly endless forest canopy, meeting Lake Huron's brilliant blue waters on the horizon.

Whether you want to quietly explore the woodlands along a trail, dip a paddle in the Old Ausable Channel, ride along the bike trail, or slide across crisp snow on a ski trail, Pinery is a special place year round.

Camping at Pinery Park

Many different camping experiences are available at Pinery. There are many superb sites available in the three Pinery campgrounds. Twelve furnished Yurt campsites are located in Riverside Campground. There are also three designated group camping areas in Pinery Park.  more

Park Safety

For information about Poison Ivy, West Nile Virus, Ticks and Lyme Disease, and camping safely in severe weather
visit our Park Safety Page

Campsite Reservations

Pinery's busy season starts the long weekend in May, through July and August to Labour Day. To guarantee a site is available and avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend that a reservation be made well in advance of your trip. To make a reservation you need to contact Ontario Parks.

Ontario Parks Phone
Online reservations
Online fee schedule

Pinery Visitor Centre Weather Station
Follow this link VC Weather Station for up-to-date weather information from the Pinery Visitor Centre Weather Station.


Rusty-patched Bumblebee Information
Pocket ID Guide to Bombus Affinis, Rusty-patched Bumblebee (pdf)
A Flower Patch for the Rusty Patched poster, large file- (pdf)
Bumblebee Watch Postcard (pdf)

What's New at Pinery!

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Visitor Centre Hours
The Visitor Centre and Friends of Pinery Park
Nature Store
Open 10am - 5pm weekends

Christmas Break hours as follows:

December 19th – 23rd: VC Open Daily 10 am – 5 pm.
December 24, 25, 26: VC Closed
December 27 – 30: VC Open Daily 10 am – 5 pm.
December 31 & January 1st: VC Closed
January 2 – 3: VC Open 10 am – 5 pm.

Free WiFi Now Available

Free WiFi is now available at the Visitor Centre courtesy of the Friends of Pinery Park

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2015 Raffle

Draw held Monday November 30th
Winners names listed on our raffle page

1st prize - Prospector 15' fiberglass Canoe ($1359.00) Sponsored by Nova Craft Canoe First Prize Raffle
2nd prize - Nalu 12.5' Stand Up Paddleboard by Ocean Kayak ($899) Sponsored by Nova Craft SUP Second Prize
3rd prize - Ontario Parks Annual Pass and Gear ($330) Donated by Pinery Park and Ontario Parks

4th prize - Ontario Parks Annual Pass ($180)
Donated by Pinery Park

Licence # M703550

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Savanna Strollers Pinery Walking Club
Come out and join us!
Information can be found on the Walking Club page

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