In Ontario, Canada, on the shores of Lake Huron, is situated a rare jewel of protected forest which not only is pleasing to the eye, but the nose as well.
Yesterday, Diane and I did what many in our area do on a sunny summer day; we head to the Pinery for its pristine beaches and amazing trails through stands of oak, cedar and pine. The park holds half of what is left of the world’s ‘Oak Savanna’ and is, therefore a treasure indeed.
The ancient rolling sand dunes, covered in trees and grasses, hide little nooks and crannies in every direction and finding one close to the beach is easy. On a hot day, one can locate pine-perfumed cool shade only steps from the waves.
There are campgrounds aplenty, but it is wise to book a year ahead for prime spots as this popular park has tourists visit from the world over. A ‘Day Pass’, however, is always an option and that’s what we did yesterday at a price of $16 cdn. Besides the beaches, there is a canal to canoe, bikes to rent for very well-maintained cycling trails and easy hiking-only trails aplenty. In other words, you are able to drive there, park your car and spend the day in a wide variety of activities until after the sun sets (the day pass expires at 10pm).
Here are a few more photos of the forest: