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With summer around the corner, we reckon you can't wait to log a few days at your favourite beach. Now it’s time to consider straying from your usual path, and planning a trip to these less explored towns in Manitoba that you didn’t realize have a beach vibe.
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. Visitors are always welcome during Beachfest, a family-focused sand party that has brought the town together for 30 years, or the retro-cool Dubs on the Beach event, where over 75 Volkswagon owners from across the region roll into town to hang out.
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.
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 south, which one of few natural beaches in southwestern Manitoba. Daytrippers come to this provincial park designated area for picnics and playtime, while weekenders stay for a game of golf and camping at neighbouring Oak Island Resort.
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 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. While visiting, be sure to check to the Old Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park for more scenery that is stunning and an interesting look back at Manitoba’s hydroelectric story.