NAR: Not to be outdone, in 1914, the Canadian National Railway bought 150
acres across the lake along the east shore. And created their own summer
Utopia. Grand Beach. In 1916 the resort at Grand Beach was complete and was
an immediate success. Large crowds right from the beginning.
suits were available for rent and when waterlogged
they added considerable weight to the swimmer.
And here was the grandest dance hall in the
dominion. In the early days, staying overnight
at Grand Beach was not encouraged. It was designed
for day-trippers. Here at Grand Beach, the
beach is the attraction. And as a beach it
has no equal.
Alexandra Pallicka is a naturalist at Grand
ALEXANDRA PALLICKA: Grand Beach is just marvellous. Besides the surf and
the water and the sand and the dunes. We have a bunch of different other
attractions that attract a lot of people. And a lot of people are here today
because it's beautiful and it's hot out. And that is exactly why they come
to Grand Beach. The water is warm and shallow and the sand is beautiful.
And you can't really go wrong with a day at the beach.
cottage area wasn't designed originally as
a cottage area. When people first started coming
to this area in the 20s when the train came
out they used to be the campground. So the
lots you see today are actual campground lots
and that's why they're pretty small. Through
the years they leased the land from the train
company. And they started building permanent
structures onto these lots and eventually it
turned into the cottage area.
BEACH LOVER: I really love it on this side
of the lagoon. There's not as many people the
water is beautiful it blocks a lot of the wind
its just gorgeous. You can go with your boat
you can go tubing you can go diving of the
boat it's beautiful. You can go for a walk
down the beach if you like to sit with the
people there's tons of people you can meet
people there's the boardwalk and it seems like
you're in paradise.
ALEXANDRA PALICKA: This area behind me is called the lagoon which is still
attached to the main area that's just been separated by the lake by the beach.
This area acts as a buffer zone for the shoreline so during time of high
water or flooding or storms, this acts as a reservoir for the water to come
in and actually buffers the shoreline and protects the area.
area is also considered a wetland or marsh
and its very important for natural vegetation
and the animals that we find at Grand Beach
Provincial Park to have a place to call home.
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