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Did you know? There’s an Ontario Provincial Park with a Caribbean-like beach that was rated best sunset in the world – Pinery Provincial Park! Located just 3 hours from Toronto, Pinery Provincial Park has 10km of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and plenty to do! Check out this quick guide to Pinery Provincial Park.

What to do in Pinery Provincial Park

  • Go to the beach. 10km of white sandy beaches with turquoise waters, right here in Ontario! Pinery Provincial Park is known for its beaches, and even more, their sunsets. Plan to spend the day at the beach, then catch the sunset before heading home, or heading back to your campsite.
  • Hike. With beautiful hiking trails and picturesque boardwalks, there are hiking trails for all levels of hikers at Pinery Provincial Park.
  • Visit the dog beach. Dog owners and dog lovers rejoice! Pinery Provincial Park has a designated dog beach so you can bring Fido and enjoy the day at the beach, or just go for a quick walk.
  • Canoe. Rent a canoe and explore the river that runs through the park.
  • Camp overnight. Camping in any provincial park requires booking well in advance. Booking for provincial park sites opens 5 months from your date of arrival, so plan to book early if you want to camp at Pinery Provincial Park.

Where to stay

Not camping at Pinery Provincial Park? Check out some of these nearby hotels and rentals:

Kiwi Motel

Pinery Provincial Park Kiwi Motel
Photo Courtesy of Kiwi Motel

Oakwood Resort

Pinery Provincial Park Oakwood Resort
Photo Courtesy of Trip Advisor

Colonial Hotel

Pinery Provincial Park Colonial Hotel
Photo Courtesy of Colonial Hotel

Wooden Cabin

Pinery Provincial Park Wooden Cabin
Photo Courtesy of VRBO

The Blue Moose

Pinery Provincial Park The Blue Moose
Photo Courtesy of VRBO

Beachfront Cabin

Pinery Provincial Park Beachfront Cabin
Photo Courtesy of VRBO

When to go

Summer is the busiest time to visit Pinery Provincial Park. If you want to avoid crowds, visit during the week or go early in the morning/late in the day. Spring and fall are also great times to visit and are especially nice for hiking/canoeing!

What to pack for a day trip


If you’re visiting Pinery Provincial Park in the summer, make sure you pack beach gear! The white sandy beach and turquoise water are the biggest draw to this provincial park so you’ll want to be beach ready. A blanket and beach umbrella are a good idea if you’re planning to spend a full day. Sunscreen is also a must! Staying for sunset? Pack a long sleeve shirt and pants as nights get a bit cooler. Also, pack natural bug spray, comfortable walking shoes, an inflatable paddle board (bring a life jacket and whistle) or other water toys.

For more beach packing ideas check out our blog post ULTIMATE ECO TRAVEL PACKING CHECKLIST: BEACH EDITION.

What to do in the area

Photo taken at: Shale Ridge Winery

Practical tips for visiting Pinery Provincial Park

  • Go during the week in July and August to avoid the weekend crowds.
  • Buy your parking pass in advance.
  • Plan to spend one full day there so you can do it all!
  • Pack bug spray! The bugs can get bad in July and August.
  • Stay off the sand dunes. The sand dunes at Pinery Provincial Park are not for climbing or walking on. Use designated walkways to preserve the sand dunes.
  • Leave no trace. Remember to pick up all your garbage and leave the park as you found it!
  • During tick season, make sure to check for ticks after you leave the park (and any time you are in a wooded or grassy area).

So, have we convinced you to visit Pinery Provincial Park yet? Have you already been? Let us know your favourite part of your trip in the comments.

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