Two national parks (RidingMountainNational Park and WapuskNational Park), over 100 provincial parks and numerous local parks are located in Manitoba. Many of them are water-oriented with a lake or lakes as a part of the park. Also some recreational communities (e.g. Gimli and WinnipegBeach) are located beside lakes. Outdoor sports facilities such as ski hills, golf courses and racetracks are readily identified on remotely sensed images but indoor facilities are more difficult. However, in small communities in southern Manioba there is a good chance that the largest building is a hockey rink and that long narrow buildings house curling lanes.
17.12: Winnipeg Beach on Lake Winnipeg
WinnipegBeach near the south end of Lake Winnipeg 1 has been a popular resort ever since it was founded in 1900. It was joined to Winnipeg by the CP railway line 2 in 1903, and by 1913 the resort had become so popular that the CPR had 13 trains running the line between Winnipeg and the beach: “hundreds of thousands of Winnipegers would pay the CPR to take them up to the lake for a day or an evening, to enjoy the beach, the rides, the dance hall and concessions.”[i] The dance hall burned down in the late 50s and WinnipegBeach lost much of its attractiveness. However, it “continues to attract people largely from the north end of Winnipeg.”[ii]
The photo shows the CP railway line that influences the direction of two roads to the west 3. The main commercial area is located to the east of the line 4 with the obligatory hockey arena 5 PTH 9 runs almost due north/south 6, and most of the large area of cottages to east 7 and west 8 of it is laid out on a grid pattern.
Several of the area’s recreational attractions are seen on the photo:
1) in the north a marina with a breakwater 9 sheltering a harbour behind it.
2) a long sandy beach further south 10
3) a trailer court 11
4) a golf course 12
5) tennis courts 13
Note also the large sewage lagoons 14 to serve the concentration of cottages in the area.
Figure 17.12: Winnipeg Beach on Lake Winnipeg
Vertical colour air photograph by Prairie Agri Photo
Flight height: lens focal length:
Scale: 1:14,100 (approx.)
Location: Township 17 and 18; Range 4 E
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62I Selkirk
1:50,000 62I /7 Netley Marsh
[i] Selwood, J. “The Summer Cottage at Lake Winnipeg” in The Geography of Manitoba: Its Land and Its People eds. J. Welsted, J. Everitt and C. Stadel. Winnipeg: The Univeristy of Manitoba Press. 1996, 297.