Things To Do In The East Beaches

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Arcading
Art and Craft Shows & Sales
Berry Picking
Bicycling
Bingo playing
Bird Watching
Camping & Picnicking
Casino
Cross-country Skiing
Curling and Bonspiels
Events and Festivals
Fishing
Geo-Caching
Golfing
Hiking
Hunting
Ice Fishing
Ice Skating
Interpretive Programs
Kite Boarding and Paddleboarding 
Marathon Events

Miniature Golf
Museum Visit
Park Exploring
Sand Castle Building; Contest
Shooting Range
Skateboarding Parks
Snow-mobiling
Snowshoeing
Swimming and Sunbathing
Theme Garden Visit
Trans Canada Trail
Volleyball & Tennis
Waterslides
Watersports
Windsurfing

 

Activities

Arcading Play Arcade games....read more
Art and Craft Shows & Sales

There are many Arts and Craft Sales throughout the year in the East Beaches Area. Try these links to search them out:

The Grand Beach Area Events List

There are also several Gift Shops that carry assorted "Arts and Craft" finds.

East Beaches Gift Shops

 

arts-crafts
Berry Picking

Openings in Grand Beach's mixed forest nurture an abundant growth of berry producing shrubs. Saskatoons ripen towards the end of June. Chokecherries and blueberries are ready in August. In the early part of the century, there was an effort to establish a berry export business in Grand Marais. It was intended to market seasonal wild fruit in Winnipeg and Minneapolis.
(from the Grand Beach Provincial Park guide)

There are several Hidden Berry Picking Spots…..best known is along the Number 59 highway between Grand Marais and Victoria Beach,…closer to Belair area..and in the Belair provincial forest.

berry basket
Bicycling Through the provincial park you may bicycle throughout…cross country trails exist on the cross country ski trails,…maps can be obtained at the park gate..
The Trans Canada Trail is partially finished in this area…from the campground shower block you may join onto the trail that heads north to Lester Beach….
bicycling
Bingo playing

Check the Grand Beach and Area website under the Community Events for current listings

The Grand Beach Area Community Events List

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Bird Watching

The Eastbeaches area is a great place for bird watching.

Lakeside resorts and cottage communities are mentioned in the Manitoba Avian Research Committee from Nature Manitoba, as Birding "Hot Spots" .

Grand Beach Provincial Park itself has several watching including a wetland walk.
The Grand Beach marsh,also known as the lagoon, has a great diversity of bird life. There is a trail that winds through cattails, willows and deciduous trees provide insights into special adaptations of the residents, which enable them to live in the marsh.
The best times to visit are early mornings or evenings when birds are most active. April/May and September/October are the best seasons for observing birds in migration. Be sure to take along Maps can be obtained when you enter the park.

Many species have been spotted ..cardinals, great grey owl and sandhill crane, blue heron just to name a few and the protected and endangered piping plover. Manitoba's most popular beach endangered bird species.

To provide some measure of protection, piping plover sites are fenced during the June nesting period. Interpreters and volunteer plover guardians provide opportunities without disturbing them.

For more information on plovers and the guardian program contact the park office. Follow the signs inside the park along piping plover way..

birding
Camping & Picnicking

Camping is available inside the grand beach provincial park near east beach.. you enter east gate of the park to gain access to the campground. reservation for this camping is made by calling: long weekend.
Camping is also available in grand marais at the grand marais rv park and campground. this is open from may to thanksgiving.
There are various pick nice spots available..Many in the park…around west beach and many along the shore of the lagoon which is great if you are boating or enjoying other water sports.

Grand Beach Provincial Park:
204 748-3333

Grand Beach Provincial Park

Grand Marais Community Central RV Park:
204 754-3596

Grand Marais Community Central

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Casino - Brokenhead First Nation
Hwy. 59, Scanterbury
casino
Cross-country Skiing - Grand Beach Prov. Park skiing
Curling and Bonspiels

Great Winter Sport:

Grand Marais Recreational Centre
(Men’s, Women’s, Mixed as well as various Bonspiels)
Rec. Centre Number:
204-754-2325
Curling contact Chris Jensen:
204-754-7011

Victoria Beach Community Centre
204 756-2330

curling
Events and Festivals

Check the Grand Beach and Area Events page for current listings

The Grand Beach Area Events List

events
Fishing The most popular fishing spot within Grand Beach provincial park is by the causeway bridge. Catches include perch, walleye, northern pike, silver bass, carp and the occasional catfish.
Other areas need to be explored and a line dropped to discover what is out there and where there is a hidden spot
fishing
Geo-Caching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt! One of the fastest growing forms of tourism, all you need is a handheld GPS unit and your sense of adventure!

Try these links:

St. Clements Heritage Geocache Tour

Geocaching - St. Clements

Manitoba Geocaching Association

manitoba geocaching association
Golfing

Grand Pines Golf Course
Hwy 59 near Traverse Bay

Victoria Beach Golf Course
Victoria Beach

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Hiking

Brokenhead Wetland Boardwalk

Hike an extremely unique area is of high conservation value. The Brokenhead Wetland contains 28 species of orchids and 8 species of carnivorous plants including 23 provincially rare species.
...read more

Entrance to the Brokenhead Wetland is about two kilometres north of Stead Road, on the west side of Highway 59. Watch for the sign on the west side of the highway. There is a parking lot with restroom facilities, just off the highway at the start of the boardwalk.

There is no entrance fee. Open 8:00 am to dusk until October 31.

orchid

Ancient Beach Self Guiding Trail

2.1 km, allow 1 hour

We usually think of sandy beaches stretched along lakeshores. However, this trail leads across beaches whose lake-glacial Lake Agassiz-disappeared about 8,000 years ago.
...read more

Trail maps are available at the Grand Beach Park gates.

ancient beach logo

Spirit Rock Walking Trail

1.1 km, allow 45 minutes

Highlights of this short trail are views of the lake, majestic oak and ash trees and immense glacial erratics (boulders). An interpretive sign is situated about half-way around.

Trail maps are available at the Grand Beach Park gates.

 


Wild Wings Self-guiding Trail

(This Trail is curently closed
...summer 2016)

1 km, allow 1 hour

Grand Beach marsh is one of the park's undiscovered treasures. Also known as the lagoon, it has a great diversity of bird life. The trail winds through cattails, willows and deciduous trees to viewing platforms. Interpretive signs provide insights into special adaptations of the residents, which enable them to live in the marsh.

The best times to visit are early mornings or evenings when birds are most active. April/May and September/October are the best seasons for observing birds in migration. Be sure to take along binoculars and a camera

Trail maps are available at the Grand Beach Park gates.

wild wings walk
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Hunting
Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is a popular activity in the area.

An increasingly popular spot is Balsam Harbour. It has lake access and has been quoted as producing large amounts of fish. Many vehicles can be seen parked in the area with on some days over 100 shacks on the lake.

Other spots are all areas that can be accessed from shore. Many ice shacks are found along the lake including Grand Marais off Grand Marais Blvd, Belair, Victoria Beach, Albert Beach and Traverse Bay. The river in Selkirk is also a popular ice fishing spot.

https://www.facebook.com/lakewinnipegicefishing/

ice fishing
Ice Skating

Ice Skating is a great winter activity to be enjoyed in the beaches area. You can simply choose a smooth piece of lake ice (after you see ice shacks on the lake so you know the ice is nice and thick), shovel the snow off and go ahead and skate.

If you are wanting more of a groomed rink Grand Marais Rec Centre has an outside rink with boards.

Victoria Beach also has an Olympic size hockey rink for recreation games and general skating. The rink also has a warm-up shelter and lighting for evening use.

Pine Falls Arena has public skating . For more information contact is 204 367-2703.

The city of Selkirk offers free unsupervised public skating from September 20 to April 14. Monday to Friday 3 pm to 4.15 pm.Call 204 785 4950 for more information.

ice skating
Interpretive Programs

Grand Beach Provincial Park

Interretive Events in Grand Beach Provincial Park

 
Kite Boarding & Paddleboarding The lake near Grand Beach has great conditions for these activities. The "back" beach, the end of Grand Marais Boulevard South along the point in the lagoon side as the front beach of Grand Beach and the Lagoon side all depending on the wind directions and conditions..
The lagoon in Grand Beach Provincial is the most popular place for windsurfing.
Paddleboarding: When you see calm water grab the board and go enjoy…often seen right out in front of West Beach inside Grand Beach Provincial Park. The same lagoon inside the park is a popular spot as it is in a sheltered water area and has a non-motorized zone.
paddleboard
Marathon Events - Grand Beach Sun Run, Beaches Half- Marathon, Hillside Beach- Traverse Bay Corner, Albert Beach  
Miniature Golf

Miniature Golf is a great way to spend some time after a long day on the beach.
Putters Dream Mini Golf & Ice Cream is located on Traverse Bay Corner (HWY #59 & #11). Victoria Beach, MB . It is open for the summer months and as the name suggests you can also grab a refreshing ice cream after a game. Contact number is (204) 461 1694.
The next closest mini putt is in Selkirk. There is an indoor mini golf open during the winter months  Cool Dozen Micro Golf located on 366 Main St #104, Selkirk, MB R1A 2J7. Phone:+1 204-785-7888 for information.

mini golf
Museum Visit

Visit the Heritage Wing at Grand Marais Community Central

In the Heritage Wing of Grand Marais Community Central, history takes on a look and feel that you may not have considered and provides a window to the early days of the Beaches we know today. With our vignettes you can be drawn into a time past and stories now told. Come and visit.

...more info

museum visit
Park Exploring

Explore Grand Beach Provincial Park

With an area of 24.9 km2, Grand Beach Provincial Park is characterized by Manitoba's most popular beach, active sand dunes, jackpine forest, spruce bog and a large lagoon/marsh complex.

...read more

piping plover
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Sand Castle Building; Contest

Grand Beach is considered one of the best in North America. This beach offers kilometres of inviting, warm sand beaches with dunes 12 metres high.

Days are filled with leisurely swims, strolls along the boardwalk, beach volleyball and sand castle creations.

Join us for the longest running manitoban sandcastle contest. The second weekend in August is when you can come and join in, or just take a look at these great creations. All welcome. Some of the creations have included the largest castle ever made in Manitoba, beautifully crafted and at a staggering 10 feet tall.

The other beaches in the area also provide families for a fun day on the beach of sandcastle building….beach reading….relaxing…sitting and enjoying a lovely sunny day looking out over our own prairie ocean.
Sunsets are as good as any in the world….

sandcastle
Shooting Range - Hwy 59, Beaconia  
Skateboarding Parks

In Grand Beach Provincial Park:
Skateboard park,
Basketball Court with 2 basketball hoops,
3 tennis courts
(this area is open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.)

Towards carparks 2, 3,4 & 5, near the Lagoon

skate board
Snow-mobiling

The snowmobiling terrain in the East Beaches Area provides some of the finest sledding in the province of Manitoba.
Check these links for information on sled dealerships, destinations, snowmobiling trails, snowmobile-friendly accommodations, local snowmobiling clubs and more.

snoman.mb.ca

snoriderswest.com/lac_du_bonnet

snoriderswest.com - SE_Manitoba_trail_map

snowmobiling
Snowshoeing

The beaches are a great area to put on some snow shoes and go exploring.
An easy to explore area are the Grand Beach Provincial Park cross country trails/snowmobile trails. Here you will find parking, warm up shacks and outhouses.
But you can go walk anywhere as there are many wooded reserves and back country areas to walk among.
Let people know where you are going and keep an eye on weather conditions.

snow shoeing
Swimming and Sunbathing Swimming is permitted along the east and west beaches of the Provincial Park within the marked area. Swimming is at your own risk so please ensure that children in your company are constantly supervised. Lifeguards are not provided. Beach Safety Officers are on duty during peak beach use periods. Swimming or wading are strictly prohibited in the channel area between the two beaches due to dangerous currents. Swimming is obviously encouraged and
enjoyed along all of the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Again swim at your own rise and be careful.
swimming
Theme Garden Visit Wonder through a Theme Garden...read more
Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity.

When completed, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking Canadians in close to 1,000 communities.

...more about the Trail

...the trail in Manitoba

...the trail in Grand Beach Provincial Park

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Volleyball & Tennis

In Grand Beach Provincial Park:
Skateboard park,
Basketball Court with 2 basketball hoops,
3 tennis courts
(this area is open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.)

Towards carparks 2, 3,4 & 5, near the Lagoon

tennis
Waterslides - By East Gate, Grand Beach Prov.Pk. waterslide
Watersports

There are many water sport activities to do while in Grand Beach Provincial Park and surrounding areas.
Boating
Boating within the park on Lake Winnipeg is permitted beyond the swimming area but is often adversely affected by strong winds and large waves.
The lagoon
This area is relatively sheltered and is great for waterskiing, boardsailing and other water-oriented sports. For safety, part of the lagoon has been designated for non-motorized watercraft. Please observe the markers.
Docks
There are several docks the boating public can use:
Balsam Bay Harbour:
Road 100 N - can rent daily/nightly moorings at daily costs
Victoria Beach:
Private Dock @ Pier - call Rod Bollman - 204-756-3668
Yacht Club - 756-2918
Grand Beach Provincial Park:
There is a boat launch located in the end car park…Carparks 5, 6, 7 and 8…signs will show you where you can launch.

boating

canoeing

Windsurfing The lake near Grand Beach has great conditions for these activities. The "back" beach, the end of Grand Marais Boulevard South along the point in the lagoon side as the front beach of Grand Beach and the Lagoon side all depending on the wind directions and conditions..
The lagoon in Grand Beach Provincial is the most popular place for windsurfing.
Paddleboarding: When you see calm water grab the board and go enjoy…often seen right out in front of West Beach inside Grand Beach Provincial Park. The same lagoon inside the park is a popular spot as it is in a sheltered water area and has a non-motorized zone.
windsurf
 

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