Pinery Visitor Centre and Friends of Pinery Park Nature Store Hours
Saturday & Sunday – Open 10am-4pm
Hours are subject to change. Check the Ontario Parks events page for Visitor Centre hours for specific dates. Closed December 25, 26 and January 1. Open during March Break, Winter Break, and most Statutory Holidays.
Pinery Visitor Centre
No visit to Pinery would be complete without a stop at the Visitor Centre. Open since 1993, the Visitor Centre has exhibits on the Park’s natural history and wildlife. You can also visit our resident turtles, view birds at the bird feeders, and visit the native plant garden installed by the Friends of Pinery Park. Inside the Visitor Centre you will also find the Friends of Pinery Park Nature Store and an indoor theatre featuring nature films and videos. The Park Naturalist at the Information Desk can answer questions about the park, its facilities & natural features. While you’re at the Visitor Centre, browse through the selection of printed publications such as children’s activity sheets, Discovery Books, and information brochures.
Everyone is invited to take part in the interpretive programs offered by Park Naturalists throughout the year. Check the Activity Schedule for a list of upcoming programs.
Pinery visitor centre interior.
Resident turtles in the visitor centre
In the Visitor Centre, Park Naturalists care for 5 non-releasable turtles, representing 5 native turtle species that are or were found in Pinery.
These turtles were confiscated by Conservation Officers after being illegally removed from the wild and they cannot be released for various reasons. Now they are used in interpretive programs, which teach park visitors about wild turtles and how to protect them.
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!