Another great glamping trip at Pinery: birds, beach, still no snow

Yes, another trip to Pinery with just as much snow as before, which is none. Well, maybe not exactly none. There was some white dust mixed in with brown leaves along the trails and sand on the beach. But not nearly enough for traditional winter pursuits. Not that it mattered, though. We were looking for an escape from the growing avalanche of quite often depressing news and a trip into the woods away from Facebook feeds and news reports, with or without snow, was all we needed. So when I stumbled across a last minute yurt cancellation at Pinery, I didn’t think twice and booked it.

Lake Huron in the winter at Pinery

This time we stayed in yurt 477, which wasn’t that different from the one we occupied in December, minus the porch. So I won’t go into accommodation details. What was different this time is the park had more people. All the yurts and cabins were occupied and each seemed to have at least two-three kids. In the morning, the woods were filled with children’s chatter and birds’ twitter, a much better type of twitter than the one on the screen. Add to that a cup of coffee around the campfire and you’ve got a perfect start of the day.

campfire in front of yurt 477 in Pinery   holding two cups of coffee near the campfire yurt 477 in Pinery

After breakfast, we set out to explore. You’d think that after umpteen trips to Pinery, there’d be nothing left to discover but there is always something new. Like a frozen half of the Old Ausable Channel. And for our son no activity is more exciting than bashing ice with a stick. That and knocking off icicles.

Old Ausable Channel at Pinery in the winter

frozen Old Ausable Channel at Pinery

breaking ice on the Old Ausable Channel in Pinery   breaking ice on the Old Ausable Channel in Pinery

breaking ice on the Old Ausable Channel in Pinery

The Channel on the other side of the bridge was completely ice free with a single duck bobbing on the water.

Old Ausable Channel at Pinery in the winter

duck on the Old Ausable Channel at Pinery in the winter

After we finally managed to pull our son away from the ice, we decided to take the Savanna Trail. We’ve cycled that trail many times before in the summer, always ending our bike ride at the ice-cream stand. We didn’t have our bikes, although someone had clearly biked there that same day, so we were “braving” the trail on foot this time. Well, not all 14 kilometres of it, just until we reached access to the beach.

Savanna Trail at Pinery in the winter

Savanna Trail at Pinery in the winter   Savanna Trail at Pinery in the winter

The beach was windy and pretty cold that day but so beautiful. The kind of majestic beauty that leaves you awe-struck and humbled. A reminder that there are things bigger and more powerful than human frenzy.

Lake Huron in the winter at Pinery

walking along the beach in Pinery in the winter

Lake Huron in the winter at Pinery

To our son’s disappointment, there wasn’t much ice along the shore apart from misshapen chunks of hardened snow and what looked like polished gemstones.

Lake Huron in the winter at Pinery

ice chuck on drift wood   ice blocks

driftwood covered in snow   frozen rocks and ice

snow and sand   icicles on the branch

Lake Huron in the winter at Pinery

After an hour of wandering along the chilly beach, we stopped by the visitor centre to watch birds and warm up.

snow dusted sand dunes at Pinery

walking towards visitor centre at Pinery

watching birds at a visitor centre in Pinery

We made a lot of winged friends during the trip. Seeds and nuts usually help. In addition to fearless chickadees, our son managed to gain trust of a tufted titmouse.

hand feeding a chickadee

hand feeding a chickadee   hand feeding a chickadee

hand feeding a chickadee

hand feeding a tufted titmouse   hand feeding a tufted titmouse

hand feeding a chickadee

So all in all it was a short uneventful trip with not much to report. Soothing, quiet, like a healing balm for our soul. Not enough of it, though. Another trip is definitely in order. Family Day weekend can’t come fast enough.

8 thoughts on “Another great glamping trip at Pinery: birds, beach, still no snow

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. I know what you mean: I like to read what other people write about the places we visit. There is always something new to discover. What are your favourite parks in Ontario?

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