There is a reason that thousands of people flock to the shores of Lake Winnipeg, where Grand Beach’s soft white sand beckons beach bums from all walks of life. With its new boardwalk ready to welcome the summer crowds, there are more reasons than ever to hit the beach. Only 80 km north of Winnipeg, Grand Beach is one of North America’s finest beaches and has been attracting sun lovers since the CN rail line was built in 1916. And with its quiet, family-friendly East beach and its more hip and active West Beach, it’s hard to believe the beaches are only a small part of the entire Grand Beach Provincial Park.
Hike along the 12 metre-tall sand dunes and keep your eyes peeled for the endangered Piping Plover. There are 30km of back country trails, including the Ancient Beach self-guided trail that takes you along the beach of Lake Agassiz that once covered most of Manitoba. You can also go berry picking for Saskatoons, chokecherries and blueberries. Or even drop in a line for perch, walleye, carp or catfish near the causeway bridge.
And of course, let’s not forget that Lake Winnipeg is the 6th largest lake in Canada – so there is plenty of room for every kind of water sport imaginable. Boat, waterski or board sail in the sheltered lagoon. Swim, wade or splash along the beach before making your way back to the city or to one of Grand Beach’s serviced campsites.