NAR: In areas like Winnipeg Beach and Victoria Beach cottages are handed
down from generation to generation. About an hour and a half north of Winnipeg
along the east shore is Victoria Beach.
RUSSELL: Victoria Beach is absolutely beautiful
It's the most gorgeous physically in terms of
its environment of all the beaches. It attracted
a very upper class group of cottagers to begin
with that had their own private club, They operated
it not as a municipality but as a club. They
had restrictions on who could buy and who couldn't
buy. That was quite off putting for a lot of
Victoria Beach was advertised as everything Winnipeg
Beach and Grand Beach were not. No boardwalk,
no dancehall, no amusements and no day-trippers.
Planned like little English town Victoria Beach
has a grocery store, a library, a bakery, a community
club, tennis courts, a golf course and the Moonlight
the many that found a cottage at Victoria beach
life was idyllic:
OBRIEN: I remember coming quite young to visit
an aunt of mine and after that we pestered our
parents that we had to go to VB every summer
and we did keep coming.
those days of course there was no road to Victoria
Beach so we had to come on the train. And we
packed like mad I came at the first of the year
and packed a trunk full of food because we knew
you didn't get out again you stayed all summer.
husbands came on weekends but the families stayed
all year. In the beginning when we bought our
cottage in 52 we came in the summer of 53. There
was no running water no power no roads we had
coal oil lamps and I had to carry the water in
pails from the pump. And that was a tough life
with little children to do their laundry with
the water you had to carry you know. But it was
fun we never thought it was tough and of course
I had to chop wood I never knew how to wield
an axe but I learned in a hurry.
it's a very strange thing that happened to us
about our cottage. In 1952 my husband was poring
over the advertising for a house. He saw in the
paper the ad for this cottage. It was a friend
of his that was advertising it. My husband gave
him a $100 deposit and we were owners of a cottage,
still no house. We came and stayed...and the
kids loved it so much.
gone to a lake since I was 2 and if you've gone
to the lake all your life you have this thing
that you like to live in the outdoors. And to
be able to come here and live in the outdoors.
And the beauty of this place is no cars the little
children can run in the streets. The biggest
problem is bicycle accidents. Coming to the beach
is different for me now my children come. And
so long as they keep coming I have a lovely time.
Victoria Beach is like a time a machine. You
enter under the sign and leave today behind.
For all you know it could be 1960, or even 1930.
All is the same. Trish Rathwell and her family
have enjoyed endless summers at their Victoria
RATHWELL: I've been coming to Victoria Beach
since I was a little girl and I just loved it.
And I just love passing it on to my own children.
And watching them all do the fun activities that
I did as a child. What I love about this beach
is the walking the tennis the golf. It's a totally
physical beach. You come out in just wonderful
shape in the fall.
think my very favourite time is Friday night
about 6:00 o clock sitting down on the beach
with my husband who is swimming. And my kids
are all around. And we're just watching the sunset
it's absolutely gorgeous. And you can hear the
lake and see the seagulls overhead. And all the
stress of the week is gone.
dad turned 80 last summer and came down to the
beach and has been here since he was a little
boy himself. And he said it never changes and
that's the beauty of Victoria Beach.
Our Lovely beach is a place unique
For rest and quiet it's the spot to seek
To spend a long, dreamy summer's day
It's the perfect vacation in every way
a shady path to the beach you go
Where billowy waves waft to and fro
The pure white sand is so clean and bright
You bask in the sun with complete delight
with the bathers so carefree and gay
In the cool of the lake they swim and play
In your ears are the echoes and shrieks of glee
These afternoon hours are happy and free
as the sun slowly sinks in the west
Comes the time of day we all love the best
As the last beams dip down into the lake
The heavens now glow and the sky comes awake.
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