Tent Camping at Pinery Provincial Park

campingMy personal favourite provincial park for camping is Killarney, but I just realized I've taken the kids to Pinery instead for three summers in a row. The kids prefer Pinery for one reason: the sand.

Pinery is all about sand. It's sand dune after sand dune and the sandiest beach you'll find in this province. We plan these massive sand dune hikes (don't tell the park ranger), sweat up a storm and then spend all afternoon in the water. The nights are for more hiking followed by the mandatory campfire. Sometimes, if I remember, I even feed the kids.

I want to give a big thank you to Canadian Tire for providing me with the biggest tent I've ever slept in, the most comfortable sleeping bags, inflatable mattress and a chair 10x more durable than the piece of crap Maple Leafs chair I bought at WalMart a few years ago. The tent survived an intense thunder storm on Thursday afternoon no worse for wear, and it was larger than the master bedroom in my house. If you're looking for camping gear, check out Canadian Tire, specifically their line of Roots gear.

Next year I'm booking time at two provincial parks: Killarney and Pinery. And, I think the kids are ready to stretch the trips beyond three days.

Here's my Flickr photoset from our camping trip to Pinery.

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Dave and Deb

Is this the Pinery in Grand Bend? That is one big tent. I thought that the picture was in a cabin at first!

August 22, 2009 @ 1:40 PM

Dave and Deb

Is this the Pinery in Grand Bend? That is one big tent. I thought that the picture was in a cabin at first!

August 22, 2009 @ 1:40 PM

Toronto Mike

Yes, this is The Pinery near Grand Bend on Lake Huron.

They actually call this tent "Breezy Lake Cabin".

August 22, 2009 @ 1:47 PM


ARe the kids enjoying their summer? Lord knows with school coming up very soon...

August 22, 2009 @ 6:41 PM


What about Sandbanks?

August 23, 2009 @ 4:49 AM

Ajax Mike

My parents used to take us to Presq'uile Provincial Park for two weeks of camping every summer. Fantastic place. Sand dunes, marshes, beaches and forest trails (marked and unmarked) all on this little penisula that sticks out into Lake Ontario.

August 23, 2009 @ 11:45 AM

Ajax Mike

Damn, I always put the apostrophe in the wrong place...

August 23, 2009 @ 3:37 PM


Ah well, if you're going that far, might as well try Sandbanks. It lives up to its name, trust me.

August 23, 2009 @ 10:06 PM


Just bought this same tent but won't use it until next year. Is it easy to put up ? Any tips?

September 22, 2009 @ 1:49 PM

Toronto Mike

Very easy to assemble. You shouldn't find any "gotchas".

September 22, 2009 @ 2:00 PM

Tent Campgrounds

good piece of information, and i think everyone should read the reviews of campgrounds before visiting them, so they might got the idea of facilities which the campgrounds are offering.

April 16, 2010 @ 10:14 AM


How sandy are the campgrounds at Pinery? I'm personally not crazy about setting up a tent on sandy grounds...so I'm wondering if anyone knows if the campsites in the Riverside section that have both "sand" and "soil" in the description, really are less sandy.

May 3, 2010 @ 9:22 PM


Pinery Provincial Park is a wonderful campground my family and I visited there a few years ago. We have been talking about our trip since and can not wait to plan another one.

July 30, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

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