Travel Manitoba eNews - May 2013
One of the best parts of camping is spending those long sunny summer afternoons in the water. And where better to splash than in the massive Lake Winnipeg – along its south eastern shore at Grand Beach Provincial Park and right in the middle on the islands of Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park.
Grand Beach is of course known for its 3 km stretch of soft, white sand, and there are over 350 campsites nearby. The calm waters of the lake are perfect for watersports, like waterskiing and boardsailing. When you’ve had your fill of sand and water, take a stroll on the rebuilt boardwalk or explore some of the lesser-known areas of the park on a self-guided trail.
Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park is a series of islands between the east and west shores of Lake Winnipeg. The 213-unit Gull Harbour Campground on Hecla Island offers access to two beautiful white sand beaches. Camping is also permitted on any of the other islands, provided you preregister with a Natural Resources Officer. The park is a great place to watch for birds, including pelicans, terns and the rare western grebe. Head out on a hiking trail complete with viewing towers and blinds to get the best view. And if camping is really not your thing, stay at a vacation cabin or the newly reopened Lakeview Resort Hecla, complete with indoor waterslide and outdoor splash pad.