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Pinery Provincial Park

Welcome to Pinery Provincial Park, Ontario. Pinery Provincial Park is rich in natural heritage. Visit in summer to hike, fish, canoe or in the autumn to take in the brilliant colours of the forest or even the winter to cross country ski through the rolling landscape.

The dominant features of the park are the sand dunes. The dunes, more then 30 metres high descend like waves to the shores of Lake Huron. 6000 years ago the dunes began to form when the glaciers melted and the sand bars deposited by the north current and prevailing westerly winds were exposed. Marram Grass and Sea Rocket began to grow on the newly exposed beach. They helped to hold the sand down and prevent erosion.

As more and more plants began to appear, the Oak Savannah became established, presently recognized today as a globally threatened habitat.

The area is rich in history beginning with the native people who hunted and fished on these shore 1600 years ago. It is also believed the area was occupied by the Princess Point peoples, who introduced horticulture to Ontario. A sawmill was built in Grand Bend and logging began in the area. Farmers believed the mill’s dam caused the Ausable River to flood their farmlands and they burnt the mill to the ground in 1860.

Spend a lazy afternoon fishing for pike, bass or sunfish. Watch the sun set over Lake Huron and then make your way to the outdoor theatre for an evening show. Across the highway from the park is the Lambton Heritage Museum, with displays illustrating pioneer life in the area. Whether you are here to take in the beautiful scenery or take part in the many recreational opportunities the park has to offer, The Pinery Provincial Park will not disappoint you.

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