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    by kris-t Updated Sep 2, 2012

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    GRAND BEND RACING INC
    "One of Canada's Premier Racing Facilities"

    Seating Capacity: 13,000+
    Timing System: Compulink II
    Track Dimensions: 60 Feet Wide with 300 foot long concrete launch pad

    Lighting System:
    Pits & Return Roads: 34 - 1000 watt metal halide fixtures

    Track: 68 - 1000 watt metal halide fixtures on wood polesevery 100 feet

    Public Address System: 3200 watt with 48 Pit Speakers and 37 Grandstand Speakers

    Pit Sites:
    700 pit sites

    Campsites:
    400 Campsites plus an additional 70 Trackside motorhome sites

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

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    by Redlats Updated Oct 16, 2008

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    We drove from London so only arrived at the park at 11am. It would be easy to spend more than a full day there. Among the choices of activities that appealed to us was hiking the ten trails, renting a canoe and paddling the Ausable channel, walking the 10 km beach, checking out the visitor centre, renting a mountain bike and bike some of the trails, watching the fantastic sunset at sundown, 1000 camping sites, driving to Grand Bend - a few kilometres east and checking out the all the tourist traps and more. We were there the whole day and still missed out on a lot to do.

    In September 2008, the price for our day at Pinery was $13.50. I read on the website that fees change by season, and that a summer 2008 Ontario Provincial Park Pass was $89.15.

    Related to:
    • Cycling
    • Camping
    • National/State Park

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    by Redlats Updated Oct 5, 2008

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    Pinery has ten interpretive trails. We asked for recommendations at the visitor centre and settled on the Carolinian Trail. One of the reasons we picked it is that we wanted to see what an oak savannah was, and the parking lot is at the edge of the oak savannah.

    You may ask - why is this trail called Carolinian? Carolinian does refer to North and South Carolina -- supposedly the plants and animals in Pinery include those that are typically found in a North or South Carolina forest. This trail travels through a floodplain forest. The floodplain means the land is rich and can support trees like the tulip tree which has flowers and needs bees to pollinate it.

    Oak savannah two tulip trees - really big trees Sandy climbing a vine trail head
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    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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Grand Bend Restaurants

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    by kris-t Written Sep 2, 2012

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    This reataurant is cozy and historic inside.
    There is a small room with a fireplace in the basement for a private party. Prices were reasonable.

    This place has good friendly service. The menu looked good, but we were not impressed with food at all.

    In all fairness this place was packed, seems like locals do like it.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken Pot Pie with Ratatouille(CA$10.99)
    Philly Cheese Sandwich (CA $8.99)

    Only Ratatouille was good.

    For the prices, they could easily bring up the quality.

    Chicken Pot Pie with Ratatouille Philly Cheese Sandwich Shoolhouse Restaurant Shoolhouse Restaurant Private party room
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    • Food and Dining
    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip

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