There are hundreds of swimming holes and beaches at northern parks, lakes and resorts, but you don’t have to travel far from shopping, restaurants and museums to enjoy a dip.
You’ll find a sandy beach, playground and picnic tables at Turnbull Beach, just four kilometres south of Leaf Rapids. Swim in one of the world’s few true-blue lakes at Clearwater Lake at The Pas. Three beaches, at Camper’s Cove, Pioneer Bay and Sunset Beach, have picnic and changing areas, volleyball courts and other amenities.
Snow Lake also has a Sunset Beach, with tennis courts, washrooms, a playground and a dock, or you can head to Purple Sandy Beach for a long day in the northern sun.
Thompson’s Rotary Park splash park, designed with a boreal forest and wildlife theme, is a great place to cool off with the kids on a summer day.
There’s a beautiful beach at Paint Lake Provincial Park, just 32 kilometres south of Thompson. Head northeast from Thompson on PR 280 to Gillam and make a stop at the sandy Troy Lake beach, just west of Split Lake.
Gillam’s Pumphouse Beach is within easy walking distance — a mere two kilometres from town — and there’s a 15-metre (50-foot) swimming pool with a waterslide at the Nelson River Aquatic Centre in town.
Flin Flon has a wealth of beaches. Channing Beach is three kilometres from the town centre and Blondies Beach, near Flin Flon airport, is an excellent swimming spot, with change rooms and picnic tables.
Flin Flon’s Aqua Centre boasts a 25-metre pool with a one-metre diving board, saunas and weight room. And Thompson’s Norplex Pool is a destination in itself, with a 25-metre, six-lane pool, sauna, gym and Big Splash waterside, with acres of recreational options, including tennis courts, nearby. The Pas’ Winton Pool offers a 25-metre indoor pool and sauna.
Clearwater Lake Provincial Park
The water of Clearwater Lake is so clear the bottom is visible at 11 m/35 ft. It's a prime habitat for trophy-size lake trout, northern pike and whitefish.
Half-way around this 0.8 km hiking trail, you’ll find one of Clearwater Lake Provincial Park’s...
Grass River Provincial Park
This 2,250 sq. km/1,398 sq. mi. wilderness of lakes and evergreen forest is home to woodland caribou, moose and a variety of waterfowl. The Grass River, traveled by explorer and trader Samuel Hearne more than 200 years ago, is ideal for canoeing and...
Paint Lake Provincial Park
The park extends over 24,290 ha/55,950 ac. of Precambrian boreal forest. It boasts good camping and fishing. It includes facilities for the disabled, several playgrounds, beach area and Manitoba's largest marina. Tel. 204-945-6784; toll-free:...
Bakers Narrows Provincial Park
This spot is ideal for camping, fishing and boating. There are also playgrounds, boat launches and three beaches. A scenic tower with interpretive signs accessed by a short climb, allows one to see for miles in all directions. Open May to September....