Chill at these five beaches in small-town Manitoba

Posted July 26, 2023 | Author Jillian Recksiedler

There is still time to log some beach days this summer. Stray from your usual beach path and plan a day trip to these less explored towns that you didn't realize have a beach vibe.

People enjoying the sun and water at the beach in Minnedosa.


Kinsmen Beach in Stonewall’s beloved Quarry Park is a quick escape for Winnipeggers looking for a new beach adventure. It is worth the small price of admission to this gated, man-made beach with inviting blue-green waters. It’s a top-spot for young families because of its great sight lines (kiddos never get too far), ample amounts of shade, on-site concessions, and a long dock that allows for some extra cannonball practice.


This town along the Winnipeg River is sometimes overshadowed by neighbouring cottage country, but Pinawa’s town beach is located in a quiet bay and has stunning Canadian Shield as a backdrop. A floating dock off shore makes this beach a great choice for energetic teenagers who like to dive. Hoopla Island inflatable waterpark is anchored right off the shores of the town beach adding double the entertainment.


The public beach at Minnedosa Lake, located just a kilometre from downtown, offers a breathtaking view of the rolling Little Saskatchewan River valley. Kayak rentals are a fun way to pass some time if you prefer being more active than lazing in the rays. Beachgoers should also reserve some energy to walk over the lake’s spillway via the Flag Walk, and head over to the Heritage Village for a little history lesson of the town.

Oak Lake

This quiet prairie town west of Brandon along the Trans-Canada highway technically doesn’t have a beach within its boundaries, but proudly touts Oak Lake, 15 kms southwest, which one of few natural beaches in this region of Manitoba. Daytrippers come to this designated recreational area for picnics and playtime, while weekenders stay for a game of golf and camping at neighbouring Oak Island Resort.


The main beach on Killarney Lake is located right at the end of the main drag in town, enveloped in the greenery of Erin Park. Once you tire of the sand and sun, find more entertainment at the nearby splash pad and outdoor fitness equipment. Be sure to take a stroll down the park trails to find Killarney’s own version of the Blarney Stone.

About The Author

Hi, I'm Jillian, a marketer, communicator, traveller and Manitoba flag waver. Growing up in rural Manitoba during the '80s means I have a penchant for daytrips, maps (the paper kind), and prairie sunsets. I never tire of sharing stories about my home.

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