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Pinery Provincial Park
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 January 2014

We stayed in #479 (it's a yurt; a big yurt) for two nights. It came with two sets of bunk beds, a table, 4 chairs, a bbq, and was heated just right. The first night, it took some time to get used to the noises of the yurt, but the noises weren't much different then a tent.

We were there December 30 to January 1 with three other couples. We had 4 yurts and spent most of our time outside. We went and hiked some trails, went tobogganing, spent time at the chalet, and we took a walk down to the lake. The lake itself was something to see. White hills with tan colored lines (from the sand) as far as the eye could see. It was incredible.

The yurts were all located close to the bathroom, and a trail.

We had great neighbours for these couple nights as well.

Things we brought: Slippers, warm clothes (it was our first time winter camping), a couple of sleeping bags, toaster, coffee maker, food, crock pot (great for winter camping), and some music. Most importantly, we brought an extension chord as well as a power bar. The plug outlet was up high beside the door, the toaster could not have been plugged in and sitting on the table.

I would highly recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Nicole M
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Great sites, super beach. The washrooms and showers were seemingly always being cleaned. The sites are spacious, numerous yet you get the secluded feeling of being in nature. Best in Ontario? Certainly in the top five, more likely in the top three. I'll be back.

Room Tip: Don't get a room, take a tent!
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank MadGuy36
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

I would thoroughly recommend the pinery if you are a mouse, or can effectively communicate with your co-campers in sign language.

We were evicted from the park at 8am this morning following a noise complaint the night before from our non-existent neighbours (we were the only group for some distance) . The wardens gave us 1 warning at 9:30pm whereupon we turned off our music, before coming back at 10:30pm when we were just to formerly inform us of our impending eviction for "talking so loudly, we could be heard from the toilet block " - a full 25 yards away. Imagine the decibels required to travel that distance in an open forest. Frightening.

The next morning at 8am a lone warden returned to our sight to complete the deal and we were out. Escorted in a 5 car convoy to the gate, having stayed for one of our planned two nights, with no refund for the 2nd.

As far as the park goes however, it was lovely. Just a shame that enjoying it with other people is frowned upon.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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5  Thank MattHammondsEx
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

I have been going to this park since I was 10 years old. It had a beautiful beach and the campsites are very spacious. After moving up north outside of Algonquin Park, I still would rate this park number 1 !!!!
I love how the negative comments are always about bugs. ticks. sand flies etc. Try living up north and then tell me about bugs. Also it is camping not a resort.
If you want amazing sunsets and a great camping experience this place is one of the best!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Despite those annoying stable flies which were particularly annoying this summer, we still love coming to the Pinery beaches every summer.

No matter how crowded it gets, you can still find a decent spot to settle in for a day of swimming, sunbathing and watching the sunset. We also love walking the long shoreline connecting the day beaches. Can't wait for next year!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Kai-HT
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We consider the Pinery to be one of our "staple" camp grounds. It's very clean, huge with lots of sites to choose from (but books up crazy fast!), has lots to do, has a fabulous (but windy) beach, and the facilities are great.

Many of the sites are quite private. We've stayed in both the Riverside and Burley grounds and enjoyed both anytime we've been. Washroom facilities are clean and spacious. The visitors centre in Riverside is pretty cool with a neat (though somewhat dated) video about animals and bugs. There are a number of trails to walk/bike. There is even a restaurant with a camp store and ice cream shop (in Riverside, not sure if the others have that?). We rented a paddleboat (they also have paddlebikes, canoes, and maybe even kayaks?) - I think it was about $10 for an hour or so - we have two young boys so this was plenty of time for them. The rentals are good for the river which is very calm, other than all the other people who rented something and are on the same waterway - even still it's huge so we never felt like we were "crammed".

We'll be back to the Pinery for sure - love it there and always have fun.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank Malcolm M
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We have been to Pinery three times now and have loved it every single time. The staff are always helpful and friendly. We have always stayed at the radio free area (Riverside3) and while we can some times hear the music from campers in the other areas at times, we have always enjoyed our time there. We usually stay between 8 to 10 days each visit. Grand Bend is a great place to walk. Love the shops. If you are looking for a couple of places to eat instead of cooking over a fire, Denny's Drive Inn near No Frills is a great place and so is Grog's which is only about 5 mins away from the park (turning left when heading out of the park).

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Derrick W
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Address: RR 2, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Lambton Shores > Grand Bend
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Ranked #2 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Grand Bend
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Pinery Provincial Park Hotel Grand Bend
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