Any time of year is the best time to visit Pinery Provincial Park!
In winter, the Park has a hushed beauty. You can:
Winter camp in your own tent or trailer, or one of our yurts or cabins (advance booking recommended)
Cross-country ski, snowshow, or hike on 38 kilometres of groomed trails – Map here
Skate on the ice rink
Warm up in the chalet or in front of a roaring outdoor fire
Admire ice-bound Lake Huron
In spring, the Park surges back to life. Watch for:
Wildflowers such as White Trilliums, Trout Lily, Mayapple Wood Anemone, and Lyre-leaved Rock Cress
The annual return of the Tundra Swans, orioles, bluebirds, kingbirds, and phoebes
The annual Pinery Migration Weekend
When summer arrives, the Park is a welcome break from hot, sticky city weather for thousands of people. Enjoy:
Swimming in Lake Huron
Paddling on the Old Ausable Channel
Outdoor interpretive programs, including the popular Rum and Spirits play, Sunset Stroll, and Night Hike
In the fall, enjoy the quiet and admire the trees of the Carolinian forest as they display their gaudiest colors. Watch for White-tailed Deer or listen to coyotes. Hike the trails or walk on deserted beaches.
School and youth groups can book the Dune Grass Planting program. This, and other programs, can be booked through the Park’s Outdoor Education Program. The Dune Grass Planting program is available for all age groups from elementary school to the adult level.
You can also learn about educational programs, the Junior Friends of Pinery Park, and the Future Naturalist program.
About Friends of Pinery Park
Established in 1989, The Friends of Pinery Park is a registered charity dedicated to education, promotion, and preservation of Pinery Provincial Park. Over the years we have undertaken a variety of activities to protect the Park’s rare ecosystem and enhance the experience of visitors to the Park. Among them: research into species at risk, projects to stabilize the freshwater dunes, projects to make the Park’s natural beauty accessible to all, educational programs for children and youth, and much more. Join us!