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Old Ausable Channel

Pinery Provincial Park

Open Hours/Seasons

Year Round: YES

Contact Information

  • Phone: 519-243-2220
  • Phone 2:
  • Website:
  • Address: 9527 Lakeshore Road (Highway 21),Grand Bend, ON

General info

Pinery Provincial Park is located on Lake Huron near Grand Bend, Ontario. It is a natural environment-class Provincial Park created to help preserve Ontario's largest oak savanna and its 9 km. of beach dune ecology. To preserve this habitat, a population control program for White Tailed Deer has been implemented. During the early 1960s, when the value of native savanna was not recognized, large numbers of Red and White Pine trees were planted in the park, displacing the native vegetation. That is also how the park got its name.

The Old Ausable Channel is a wide, slow-moving river which flows through the park. It was separated from the main Ausable River when two channels were excavated at Port Franks and Grand Bend at the end of the 19th century. The channel is fed by springs that keep the water very clear and support numerous fish and other wildlife. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the boathouse dock.

Many of the plant species in the park depend on fire to reproduce. In recent years controlled burning has been attempted to restore some of the original flora and fauna. Dune vegetation is especially fragile so visitors should remain on boardwalks to prevent trampling rare plants.

The park has campsites, 10 hiking trails, one of which is wheelchair accessible, a bicycle trail and bike rentals. In winter, cross-country ski trails, a toboggan hill, skating rink and a chalet complement winter campsites and yurts. Visitors can also enjoy daily guided hikes and entertaining interpretive programs.


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