My Favourite Provincial Parks

I live in Ontario, Canada, and all my favourite provincial parks are close to home.

1.The first place has to go to my all-time favourite: Pinery.

Pinery is a great park for beach lovers, as it has wonderful sandy beaches and fresh water dunes on the shores of Lake Huron. The waves on Huron can get pretty high and then the beach resembles an ocean beach. There are some interesting trails right there in the park with unusual flora, such as oak savanna, and fauna such as five-lined skink (a lizard). The park also has a visitor’s centre where you can learn all about the wildlife of the area as well as the history of the park. In case of bad weather you can visit a town of Grand Bend, which is nearby.

2.Second place has to go to Algonquin.

This is the biggest of the parks in Ontario. Actually it has a few big campgrounds located near the main road crossing the park. It also has numerous canoe routes with wilderness campsites, where you can stop for the night on your way. Canoeing is one of the major attractions of this park and many routes are easy and beautiful. If you are planning a canoe trip with your family you should stat it with the Algonquin Outfitters, who offer canoe rental and detailed maps of all the waterways.

Algonquin also has a Visitor’s center, many trails with outstanding lookouts and a very interesting Logging Museum. This museum shows the history of the area where logging was the main industry in the 19th and early 20th century till all the ancient pines were cut-down. Currently logging is still permitted in some areas of the park, but pines were mostly replaced by maples. This offers spectacular drive through the park in the fall, when colors are changing into the sea of red and yellow.

3. Third place has to go to Killbear.

This is a very popular park on the shores of Georgian Bay that offers many campsites close to water. It is famous for its beautiful reddish rocks of Canadian Shield, where you can sit/lie and sun yourself. Sine it is located in the heart of 30,000 islands it is great for all kinds of watersports such as canoeing, swimming, boating, windsurfing and sailing.

Killbear also offers 4 hiking trails and a visitor’s centre with Natural Heritage Education Program.