In Ontario, especially in Southwestern Ontario, we are blessed by the Great Lakes, each offering a beauty of its own. Having visited three out of the five Great Lakes, I must say that Lake Huron is by far my favourite. This could be because I spent many summer days growing up on the shores of Lake Huron, or it could be because there is a certain charm of the lake that brings me back year after year. Although there are many beautiful places to visit along Lake Huron, to me Pinery Provincial Park is the most beautiful. The park has it all. From beautiful beaches, rich wildlife, walking trails, comfortable campsites, canoeing, Pinery has something for everyone.
Often people might think that provincial and national parks are for the more outdoorsy people who are there to spend a couple of days camping and exploring the wild, however, this is far from the truth. My family has taken many one day trips to the park where we got to enjoy each other’s company with food, drinks, and swimming in the warm waters of Lake Huron.
Pinery Park offers 9 beaches for those who are interested in only spending a day at the park. Some of the beaches offer comfort stations where you can get changed into or out of your bathing suits, and all of them offer bathrooms. What is great about Pinery is that it allows visitors to bring their beloved dogs to the beach! Beach 1 and 2 are reserved for our canine friends. How great is that?!?
For those who enjoy bike rides and hikes, the park offers a number of trails, along with a bike path throughout the park. There is also an option to rent canoes and kayaks, so for those who love to use mother nature as their personal gym have the option to get their cardio in while at the park.
I got lucky this Labour Day weekend (2016) that I was able to reserve a campsite. Campsites typically sell out months in advance, but by some miracle of the internet gods I was able to enjoy two beautiful nights camping at Pinery. Having camped at other provincial and national parks in the past, I would say that Pinery tops the list of places to camp in Ontario. Their bathrooms are clean and the campsites offer lots of privacy (at least the ones that I saw).
But the ultimate best part of Pinery, and Lake Huron in general, are the breathtaking sunsets. If you want to have a romantic evening with your significant other, grab them by the hand and take them to watch the sunset. You will not be disappointed!
Pinery Provincial Park is open year round so don’t ever let our Canadian weather from stopping you to visit.
Happy Travels, and don’t forget #PureOntario!
Drea was born outside of Canada, but raised in Ontario. She has spent time living abroad, teaching English in Serbia and South Korea, and traveling whenever she can. Although she is back living in Canada, she can often be found exploring new places whenever her job allows. Be sure to follow her adventures at www.travelswithdrea.com and via Instagram @TravelsWithDrea.
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