Beattie Pinery Provincial Nature Reserve

Length of stay1 day
April 2021

Beattie Pinery Provincial Nature Reserve is located near Alliston and protects one of the most mature and healthiest White Pine, Red Pine and Sugar Maple upland forests in Ontario south of the Canadian Shield. Most of the pine trees in Beattie Pinery are in excess of 100 years old and it is considered an old growth forest. Beattie Pinery is a non-operating park so there are no facilities. There is however a single hiking trail that loops through the nature reserve.

There are two access points to Beattie Pinery along Line 13. There is no official parking lot, but we parked along the shoulder of the road as there were a few other cars here and walked towards the closest entrance gate.

The trail is 2.3km in length and loops through the mature forest. The path itself is not signed or marked. At first this wasn’t much of an issue as it was quite obvious where to go.

The path leads to a river and follows along its shore which snakes its way through the southern edge of the nature reserve. Part of the river bank has significantly eroded, leaving behind a slew of fallen trees.

We somehow turned off from the main trail. The further we hiked, the narrower and fainter the path became to the point where it vanished all together. By this point we could see the road where we parked though, so we walked through the bush and along the road to get back to our car.

Overall we spent just over 30 minutes hiking through the nature reserve. After wrapping up our hike we planned to visit the nearby Earl Rowe Provincial Park.


My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here

50 thoughts on “Beattie Pinery Provincial Nature Reserve

  1. kagould17 says:

    I hate it when the trail disappears and you have to start bushwacking. This leads to habitat destruction. It would be good to see this forest though, especially with the sugar maples. Stay well. Allam

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s never a good feeling to come to the realization that you’re on the wrong path, or rather no path at all. We could have easily turned around since it’s not that long of a trail, but it was a very short distance from the “path” to the road, so we roughed it through the bush. It’s always nice to walk through a mature forest and just enjoy the shade and scenery.

  2. Ab says:

    Good thing you figured out how to get back to the car! It looks like a nice short hike. It’s too bad the river eroded and some trees feel into the river. Kinda takes away from scenery! But the sight of the 100 year old trees are now. Another interesting find!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Granted we could have easily turned around since it’s not a lengthy trail to begin with (only 2.3km), but we were lazy and it looked like a super short distance to get from whatever “path” we were on to the road. We decided to take the path of least resistance, or rather, the shortest route. It also helped that there were no leaves on the trees, so there were less obstacles to deal with. And agreed, it’s too bad that the banks along the river are eroding. Hopefully it doesn’t create a blockage that then dries up the river on one side. Beattie Pinery is a relatively small nature reserve, but it was a lovely place (and day) to take a short walk through the forest.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      For sure, it’s always nice to go for a walk through a mature forest and see how huge some of the trees are. Luckily it’s a relatively small nature reserve so we weren’t worried of being or getting lost. We decided to “choose our own adventure” and take a short cut through the bush back to the road since it was clearly visible through the trees. Most of the times it doesn’t work out that way and we have to circle back.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It was such a beautiful day to take a stroll through a mature forest. The trail is relatively short, but somehow we took a wrong turn. Luckily it was early in the Spring and there were no leaves on the trees, so we could easily see the road from where the “path” ended. It was a short trek through the forest and there weren’t too many obstacles to get back to the road.

  3. Book Club Mom says:

    I love the picture of the bright blue sky from the base of all those trees. And what an interesting root on that next picture. It almost looks like the body of a giraffe!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      There’s nothing better than having blue skies and sun while going for a hike. I am always fascinated by trees that are gnarled or twisted or having interesting shapes. The tree with the root jutting out like a table, definitely caught my attention. Now that you mention it, it kind of does resemble the body of a giraffe!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s always nice to have blue skies when going for a hike. It’s also great for taking pictures. We’ve had a cold and rainy Spring, so it’s always good to take advantage of a dry and sunny day while we can. The forecast for the remainder of the week looks promising, so we’ll try to squeeze in some more hikes this upcoming weekend. Take care.

  4. ourcrossings says:

    Given my bad sense of direction, as I am one of those who navigate by routes and landmarks, as opposed to those who navigate by mental maps, I always tend to choose a well marked trail., otherwise I would get lost all the time. Looks like another lovely trail! Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      I rely heavily on a well signed trail as I also have a terrible sense of direction. As it happens, I was the one that led us down the wrong path. Getting lost in the woods is one of my worst fears. Luckily it’s a relatively small park and we could easily see the road. Phew! Thanks for reading. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  5. Lookoom says:

    You have been on the edge of adventure, nothing better than a path that disappears, only directions remain. Some never made it … you did!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      I love spotting trees that take on interesting shapes, twists and formations. It definitely gives this old growth forest some character. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      We visited this nature reserve early in the Spring before the trees started to bud and wildflowers bloom. Now everything is much more green and lively. The only issue is that now that it’s starting to warm-up, the mosquitoes are coming out to play.

  6. winteroseca says:

    Sounds like a really cool place! I love old growth forests! I hate how so many of them have gone though

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s a neat little nature reserve to take a stroll through. It’s incredible to think just how old some of these trees are. New subdivisions seem to be popping up left, right and centre here in Southern Ontario, which means less green spaces and mature forests. It makes me grateful that this area has at least been protected.

      • winteroseca says:

        I know! I loved finding old growth trees in California too. I hate that it’s become rarer there as well. That sucks about the subdivisions. Here’s to hoping that will change because of the pandemic and people reconnecting with nature

      • WanderingCanadians says:

        Whenever I think of old growth trees, I always picture the sequoias in California. I would love to see them in person someday. And yes, here’s to hoping that the increased demand for green spaces during this pandemic results in more parks and conservation areas being created.

      • winteroseca says:

        The sequoias are amazing! Hope you get to see them too! I hope so. Also, encroaching on wildlife is a serious problem for zoonotic diseases spreading to humans

      • WanderingCanadians says:

        Yes, we’ll have to prioritize taking a trip to California as it seems wildfires are becoming more prevalent. There are so many places I want to visit and there never seems to be enough time (and paid vacation days).

      • winteroseca says:

        Oh yeah, the wildfires have been getting worse there! I feel you on the wanderlust and not enough time or days off! I hope people start travelling more once it’s safe to do so

      • WanderingCanadians says:

        For sure. I hope that travel doesn’t become crazy expensive either. As much as I love camping and exploring more of Ontario’s parks, it would be nice for a change of scenery.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks. It’s a relatively small nature reserve, but it was neat walking through the mature forest and looking up to see how tall the trees are. Plus, we had fabulous weather for spending time outdoors. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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