We spent a day on the weekend at The Pinery Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Huron. This large park is just two hours from our home and includes beaches, dunes, pine forests and deciduous Carolinian forests. The Ausable River flows into the lake and the man made Ausable Channel runs through the park. The Oak Savanna and Coastal Sand Dune ecosystems are unique and contain many rare or endangered plants and animals. There are eleven trails of varying difficulty in the park. Interpretive signs point out plants, land formation, birds and animals of interest.
The park was exceedingly dry. Some of the campgrounds in south western Ontario have banned fires so far this season due to the dry weather. A fire in this park would spread very quickly through the abundant dry grass.
The weather is very hot, humid and unsettled now, with thunderstorms expected. We need the rain badly and I won't complain if it comes on my holiday. And I will be planning a return trip to this area in the near future.