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Fun in the Sun: Winnipeg's Best Beaches, from a Local, Winnipeg Family Restaurant

When the summer sun shines bright, there's no better way to cool off in Winnipeg than by visiting its sunny beaches. With its many nearby provincial parks and beaches, Winnipeg, Manitoba offers the perfect escape from the heat. Whether you're seeking sandy shores or family-friendly attractions, this guide will unveil the 5 best beaches that this city has to offer. And make sure you have a proper meal before you head out. Stop in at your favourite Salisbury House location for a delicious meal or a cold milkshake!



Two kids with their mom and dad at the beach. The dad is holding a football and all 4 are standing near the water, on sand.

Birds Hill Provincial Park’s beach is a popular destination within the Manitoba Provincial Park, offering a diverse range of landscapes and a thriving ecosystem with abundant wildlife. Located close to Pine Ridge Cemetery and Pope’s Hill, the northern shore of Birds Hill Lake is the designated area for swimming. Drawing visitors from all over, especially as it's conveniently located less than a half-hour drive from Winnipeg. However, the popularity of the beach means that during the summer months, it can get quite crowded. Nevertheless, the beach provides essential amenities such as washrooms, a food canteen, a playground for families to enjoy, public phones, a beach safety station to ensure a comfortable and safe experience for all, and walking paths. If you're looking for a family restaurant to stop at before heading out to Birds Hill Park, be sure to visit our Henderson location, located at 1277 Henderson Hwy!



Two men and one woman can be seen from the back, running towards the shore in the water. They are at a beach.

Winnipeg Beach is a wonderful spot nestled along the picturesque shore of Lake Winnipeg, offering a fantastic 3 km stretch of sandy beach as its main attraction. You'll never run out of things to do here, with a variety of activities to suit all interests and needs. Whether you're into fishing, tennis, volleyball, cycling, or water sports, this place has got you covered! In 2011, they proudly unveiled the Winnipeg Beach Campground, which has 120 full-service sites that are perfect for families and friends wanting to camp together. Whether you're up for a day of fun or a weekend getaway, you'll love the local culture and the natural wonders that Winnipeg Beach has in store.



A mom sits with her two kids on the beach, as they build sand castles.

Gimli Beach, renowned for its Blue Flag status, encompasses a 600-meter sandy stretch at the heart of Gimli. Along this inviting shoreline lies a boardwalk for walkers, cyclists, and sightseers to explore its beauty. The beach is a true hotspot, drawing in thousands of people every year, be it residents or visitors, who come by for a number of reasons. Families with young children particularly enjoy the large play structure conveniently located on the beach. There are recently renovated and easily accessible washrooms, outdoor showers, life-saving equipment, and first aid stations readily accessible. The beach area also boasts a concession stand! Gimli Beach is a true gem.



Four friends sit on the beach with food and drinks. A blonde man is playing the guitar and the others are smiling.

This park stretches along a stunning 2.5 km stretch on the southeast shore of Balsam Bay in Lake Winnipeg. Its diverse terrain includes a natural sandy beach, shifting sand dunes, a serene lagoon, and scattered stands of forest.. Undoubtedly, the park's main highlight is its beach. A leisurely stroll along the shoreline promises tranquility and natural beauty, while the inviting waters beckon visitors for refreshing swims in Lake Winnipeg. If it’s a picnic you're after, this park caters to that with its convenient picnic areas! They’re also known to have very well-maintained washrooms, which is always a want on a family outing.



Parents with their son at the beach. They are each holding the kid up by one arm and all are smiling.

Grand Beach is located on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, Canada's sixth largest lake. It has powdery white sand beaches and grass-topped dunes. This spot is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. You can take a dip in the refreshing waters, try your hand at windsurfing, or set out on hikes along two self-guided trails—the Spirit Rock Trail and the Ancient Beach Trail. But the fun doesn't end there! The park also offers camping, and performances at the outdoor amphitheater. Picnic shelters invite you to cook up some delicious Nip patties, which you can pick up at our Sals Market. Plus, the beach is wheelchair accessible, ensuring that everyone can relish the incredible experiences this place has to offer.



As summer beckons, Winnipeg's many beaches await, promising unforgettable moments of fun and relaxation. If you're seeking a fun beach day, Winnipeg has plenty of options to choose from. And when hunger strikes, be it before or after, make sure to indulge in a delicious meal at Salisbury House! Pack your sunscreen, towels, and a sense of adventure, and discover the best beaches this city and province have to offer!

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