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Winnipeg Beach

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Winnipeg Beach is a town in the Interlake Region, in the Canadian province of Manitoba The town was founded in 1900 by Sir William Whyte and is located at the junction of Highway 9 and Highway 229 on the southwestern shore of Lake Winnipeg, about 56 kilometres 35 mi north of Winnipeg It is bordered by the Rural Municipality of Gimli, the Rural Municipality of St Andrews, and the Village of Dunnottar as well as Lake Winnipeg Nearby towns are Ponemah, Whytewold, and Matlock all to the south, Gimli, and Sandy Hook, located to the north, as well as Teulon, and Selkirk Its permanent population is 1,017 as of 2006


  • 1 History
    • 11 Water tower
  • 2 Today
  • 3 External links


Downtown Winnipeg Beach

In 1900, the Canadian Pacific Railway CPR purchased 13 hectares 32 acres of undeveloped shoreline 65 kilometres north of Winnipeg on the southwestern shore of Lake Winnipeg and commenced construction of a resort town In addition to the attraction of a three kilometre stretch of sandy beach, the CPR also built and offered an array of accommodation, recreation, and amusement facilities, including a prominent dance hall

In the early 1900s, ritzy hotels lined the main street of Winnipeg Beach Piers, parks and picnic grounds were constructed to accommodate the weekend masses that would travel to Winnipeg Beach from the nearby capital city By 1913, the summer retreat had become so popular that the CPR had 13 trains running the line between the beach and the City of Winnipeg The famous Moonlight Special returned to the city at midnight every Saturday for fifty years The round trip fare was only fifty cents

A boardwalk took strollers along the beach to the carnival concessions and cottages A wooden roller coaster was one of the largest in the country at the time and carried hundreds of passengers on a busy day The Pavilion housed a 1,300-square-metre 14,000 sq ft dance floor, reputed to be the largest in Western Canada

The romance of Winnipeg Beach began to wane during the 1950s, and although the beach itself still remained a popular destination, in 1964 the amusement park was permanently closed

Water tower

Old CPR water tower, lettered for the TV series Falcon Beach

Of the many recreation and railway related structures erected by the CPR at Winnipeg Beach, only the steel water tower survives It was designed and constructed in 1928 by the Vulcan Iron Works Ltd of Winnipeg Utilitarian in design and appearance, the 40-metre-high 130 ft tower supported a 90,000-litre 20,000 imp gal; 24,000 US gal capacity tank and provided a source of pressurized water for the CPR steam locomotives and fire protection services for the resort's facilities Non-operational since the resort closed, the structure is the best example of only five surviving riveted-steel water towers in Manitoba As in its heyday, the tower is a prominent visual landmark in and around the beach community


After the closure of the resort and amusement facilities at Winnipeg Beach, the Province of Manitoba attempted to revitalize the town by creating a recreation park in the 1960s, with various improvements to the beach and the parks lining it A restaurant and lounge and several change-room structures were built, in addition to a large parking lot The recreation park continues to be a popular destination for beachgoers The Town has also built a Skateboarding park, to stimulate the youth community

Winnipeg Beach on Lake Winnipeg

The Global Television Network TV series Falcon Beach was filmed in the town during the summers of 2005–2006

Several different residential summer camps, including Camp Massad of Manitoba, lie just north of the town

The town is governed by a mayor currently Tony Pimentel and a five-member town council

External links

Media related to Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba at Wikimedia Commons

  • Town of Winnipeg Beach
  • Map of Winnipeg Beach at Statcan

Coordinates: 50°30′21″N 096°58′27″W / 5050583°N 9697417°W / 5050583; -9697417

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