NAR: Its another beautiful summer's day. A perfect day to
head for the beach. Since the turn of the century, when
Manitobans first discovered its beauty, they've been flocking
to Lake Winnipeg. And while some are content to be day-trippers,
many built a cottage, their own place at the lake.
Manitobans own more than 12,000 cottages the highest rate
in Canada. It's were they learned to swim, met new friends,
and perhaps, even where they fell in love. Where they passed
two enchanted summer months.
The beach offers delights for every age. Sand castles, the
splash of the surf, the ever-changing water. Magnificent
sunsets. Walks in the great outdoors. Winnipeg Beach, Gimli,
Grand Beach, and Victoria Beach. And a dozen more scattered
along its sandy shore.
For many, these are the fondest memories of childhood. Safe
delightful summers spent at Manitoba's summer playground.
Join us on the south shores for a tour of Lake Winnipeg's
NAR: Frances Russell is a Winnipeg journalist who has cottaged
in almost every beach on the lake. She has just written the
The Great Lake.
FRANCES RUSSELL: The lake fascinates me because there are
so many factors. One is its improbability. Here we are smack
dab in the middle of North America. Right almost in the middle
of the near the geographic centre of the continent. The Great
Plains, you would never expect to see a lake of this magnitude
right in the middle of the Great Plains.
NAR: Winnipeg journalist Val Werier is a prolific writer
on Lake Winnipeg and the environment:
VAL WERIER: It's the dominant feature in Manitoba. You look
at the map, Lake Winnipeg stares out at you. Lake Winnipeg
has been underrated. It's a giant among lakes. The Cree used
to call it the Ocean Lake. I sit at my cottage on the deck
and I look across the lake its just like an ocean.
The lake has such a tremendous character. It's theatre,
theatre of colour. It changes constantly; you have all sorts
of different weather formations. You may have a quiet day
were the lake is placid. Or you may have a foggy day were
it would be misty. And the horizon and the lake blend into
one and you feel like as you're in an ocean. Because the
lake and the sky become one.
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