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Chapter 17: Parks, Recreation, Sports

17.12: Winnipeg Beach on Lake Winnipeg

Winnipeg Beach 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 Winnipeg Beach 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

Figure 17.12: Winnipeg Beach on Lake Winnipeg

Figure 17.12

Vertical colour air photograph by Prairie Agri Photo

Flight height:  lens focal length:

Scale: 1:14,100 (approx.)

Date: 2000

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.

[ii] Ibid.