15 of Canada’s most unique beaches


Grand Beach, Manitoba

Location: Grand Beach Provincial Park.

Size: 3 kilometres of natural beachy landscape, with dunes reaching 12 metres high.

What makes it unique: People from Winnipeg and the surrounding area have been trekking to Grand Beach for nearly a century. The beach became a popular day trip spot after the Canadian National Railway built a line and set up the resort along Grand Beach in 1917. The Grand Beach Ballroom was considered one of the best and largest dance halls in the Commonwealth until it was destroyed in a fire in 1950. The beach now has full-service campgrounds, a boardwalk, and berry-lined paths fresh for picking.

Fun fact: In the 1980s, Grand Beach was named one of Playboy magazine’s Top-10 Beaches.


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