Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area

The long weekend accommodations.

The long weekend accommodations.

This past long weekend was the first time since our time at Lovestick lake back in mid may that my girlfriend and I have ventured outdoors for a camping trip. June and July were incredibly hectic with work and school, but now August is here and it’s time to get back out and enjoy the outdoors. It was a short notice camping trip and I think I literally got the last free campsite within three hour drive of Toronto. So after some difficulty trying to book the site online and several phone calls we finally had our site a Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area about 25min north of Paris Ontario. Pinehurst Lake is managed by Grand River Conservation Authority, who in my opinion run some of the nicest conservation area’s within a reasonable drive of Toronto. GRCA also run two of my favorites; Rookwood and Elora Gorge of which niether were free for this long weekend. So in turn we decided to explore Pinehurt instead, which is a nice little conservation area centered around a small kettle lake from which it takes it name. Granted this is not a grand camping adventure that most would dream about but it was just the perfect douse of nature for the long weekend. During out trip we took a short detour down the Grand river to Paris.

Grand river near Paris, Ontario.

Grand river near Paris, Ontario.

Downtown Paris, Ontario overlooking the Grand River.

Downtown Paris, Ontario overlooking the Grand River.

The Grand river country is beautiful, the river is picturesque and the farmlands roll on for miles. The park itself was quite crowded at the beach area during the long weekend, making it less the desirable place to be during parts of the day. However there are some nice trails in the park and the surrounding countryside are a fun time to explore. The evening however is where Pinehurst lake was at it’s most beautiful. The sunset and clouds were just stunning and as you can see in some of the pictures below. My girlfriend, Tyler and I really enjoyed taking a stroll around the lake, an activity that can be accomplished in probably just under an hour. Well without further ado the pictures from Pinehurst Lake, and also the full gallery can be found here.

Golden sunset over Pinehurst Lake.

Golden sunset over Pinehurst Lake.

Tyler climbing a fallen tree.

Tyler climbing a fallen tree.

It's all fun and games until someone looses a bobber.

It’s all fun and games until someone looses a bobber.

Boating on the like.

Boating on the like.

Tyler looking at the early evening sun.

Tyler looking at the early evening sun.

The lily pads.

The lily pads.

Sunset over the lake.

Sunset over the lake.

Lily ponds on the lake.

Lily ponds on the lake.

The lake gave fantastic reflections.

The lake gave fantastic reflections.

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