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Lake Winnipeg's Paradise Beaches

Page 4

GRAND BEACH
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.

Bathing 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.

NAR: Alexandra Pallicka is a naturalist at Grand Beach:
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.

This 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.

GRAND 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.

THE MARSH
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.

This 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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