Beat the summer heat with these family-friendly attractions

Posted July 26, 2021 | Author Breanne Sewards

This summer is shaping up to be a hot one in Manitoba, but we have plenty of ideas on how to stay cool. From community pools and beaches to campgrounds and once-in-a-lifetime adventures, these attractions are fit for the whole family.

View from above of the Winkler Aquatic Centre
Winkler Aquatic Centre

Cool off in Central Manitoba


Located close to Winnipeg, Manitoba’s central region has an abundance of ways to cool off on your next road trip. Head to the beach at Delta Beach (near Portage la Prairie), Colert Beach (Morden), Sunset Beach (Plum Coulee) or splash in an outdoor pool at Island Lake (Portage la Prairie), Altona Aquatic Centre (Altona), Winkler Aquatic Centre (Winkler), Treherne Aquatic Centre (Treherne), King’s Park (Carman) and more. Visit Central Manitoba Tourism to start planning your summer adventure.

Work up a sweat in the comfort of A/C


Let's face it: sometimes all you want during a heat wave is some good old fashioned air conditioning. Head to Activate Games for a thrilling, one-of-a-kind gaming facility, where your family can team up to play arcade-style games by physically jumping, climbing, problem-solving and more. While you'll enjoy some time out of the sun, expect to work up a sweat as you dodge lasers, throw balls at moving targets, hop across glowing floors and more.

Savour family time at Rubber Ducky Resort


Only a 20-minute drive from Winnipeg and 10-minute drive from Stonewall, Rubber Ducky Resort is a great option for a family getaway this summer. Choose between campsites and cabins and then enjoy a wide variety of amenities from pools and bumper boats to mini golf and planned activities throughout the week. The newly opened RDR Grill & Concession stand is fully stocked with snacks, burgers, ice cream, groceries and more.

Sleep under the stars


Couldn't reserve a spot at one of the province's provincial campgrounds this summer? Try a private one! Cripple Creek Campground has everything you need for a fun family vacation. Cool off at Kamaki Beach, bike the shaded forest trails, and skip cooking by ordering from the Snack Shack. The campground is also pet-friendly with an off-leash animal park, so even your dog can join into the fun!

Splash the day away at Lilac Resort

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If it isn't already, a visit to Lilac Resort might just take the rank of your family's favourite summer attraction in Manitoba. This tropical paradise boasts a variety of water slides, a wading pool with a beach entrance, volleyball courts, a fishing pond, concession stands, a tiki juice bar and live entertainment every weekend. If you want to stay multiple days at the resort, try nabbing a spot in their popular campground!

Embark on a Family Learning Adventure


Looking for something truly unique to do this summer in Manitoba? Northern Manitoba is not only cooler in July and August, it's also the site of an extraordinary migration. Book your family on Frontiers North's Family Learning Adventure, where you will witness the awe-inspiring beluga whales in their natural habitat as they spend the summer months in the Churchill River Estuary birthing and feeding.

Race through a floating obstacle course

Floating obstacle courses are the latest and coolest attraction, popping up at several locations throughout the province this summer. Head to Morden or Minnedosa to experience the thrill of Splish Splash Water Park, or go east to put your ninja-warrior skills to the test at Hoopla Island in Pinawa.

About The Author

Hey! I'm Breanne, Editorial Content Specialist for Travel Manitoba. First to jump in the lake and last to make it down the River Trail. Lover of croissants, cats, and croissant-shaped cats. Got a story idea? Email me at

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