Today we headed up to Grand Beach, about an hour north of Winnipeg. According to the Interweb (and presumably the Manitoba Tourism Bureau), Grand Beach is some sort of quasi-famous, world-class, super-duper beach, only slightly inferior to Makena in Maui and Copacabana in Rio, etc.
Well, I’m happy to say, this is more or less true. Grand is a really, really, really great beach, especially considering it is stuck in the middle of nowhere, and hardly anybody has heard of it (I suspect). It is super warm, beautiful white sand, not crowded, no rocks in the water, no mosquitoes at all, and eminently swimmable. It was great just lazing around here.
Lake Winnipeg is of course massive; even at its narrow southern tip there is no hope of seeing across it. The adjacent lakes are called Lake Manitoba and, oddly, Lake Winnipegosis (doesn’t that sound like a disease you’d get from staying in Winnipeg too long)? It’s a bit puzzling that there are no cabins and almost no resort towns around here. It’s quite lovely, and warm (though likely a tad chillier in winter. Snowmobiling related signage all over).
So much so that’s all we did most of the afternoon, evening and into the next morning. Finally we tore ourselves away via the Thunder Rapids waterslides, which were a bit pathetic but all right for a quick diversion. Then we hit the road, making a Subway stop in Selkirk and several unsuccessful propane stops along the way, finally stopping for the night at Shady Oaks campground just outside of Brandon (about 200 KM west of Winnipeg). This is the first night that we arrived without a reservation and depended on the apparent lull in the campground business. It worked.
The mosquitoes here in western MB are almost non-existent, but they were ferocious at the Grand Beach campground. We had our mosquito tent and walking between the RV and the tent, had to be carefully calculated to minimize unprotected exposure. They were 10x worse here than in Welcomestop (outside of Winnipeg).
This campground is really, really pretty with a nice pool (of both the aquatic and cues-and-balls variety). It has horrible showers though. Later today the vague plan is to look around downtown Brandon for a while, maybe rent bikes, then hit the road for Indian Head, SK, and our last KOA stop.