"Missing the beach so much" Grand Beach by kemisteryoso

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Grand Beach

I missed the beaches back home and this made me visit the Grand beach of lake Winnipeg, Canada's 5th largest lake. It is one among the freshwater beaches of the lake and the most famous one. It is located on the lake's eastern shore and in the northern edge of the town of Grand Marais. The town was dubbed "big marsh" by the eldest son of western explorer La VĂ©rendrye in 1734, this resort town is a popular destination for cottagers and tourists visiting the Grand Beach area.
Grand beach is part of Grand beach provincial park that features 3 km of fine white sand. A boardwalk at the west end of the beach offers food and souvenir shops. Change rooms and plumbed washrooms are free and are available all along the beach.

Surprised with the sand

I was surprised upon seeing the beach because I didn't expect it to have a white powdery sand. This is my first time to see a fresh water beach and it's sand is comparable so some saltwater beaches I have been in the Philippines. It has grass-topped dunes that reach as high as 8 meters. I am thinking if the sand is really from there or just imported from a tropical country. Well, here's an article about how the white sand was formed. I think it is an excellent place to swim and enjoy the sun here in the prairies. I have enough sun already so I hid took refuge under a tree just lying there and relaxing. It also offers excellent self-guided walks like the spirit rock trail, wild wings trail and the ancient beach trail. Other activities include biking, boating, bird watching, fishing, camping and kite boarding.
It is not a perfect beach but it is already nice in a country not blessed with world class salt water beaches.

The Piping plover

One thing I learned about grand beach is about an endangered specie of bird which is the Piping plover. It is a small sand-colored, sparrow-sized shore bird that nests on beaches in North America. It has a yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the neck. When disturbed it will abandon its nest even with eggs or young. There are now fewer than 30 pairs of piping plover in Manitoba.
The eggs are laid in the shallow depressions in late May. They are so camouflaged that they are almost invisible. The young feed at the water's edge on insects, small crustaceans and invertebrates.
Take part of saving this bird specie by keeping away from observes birds,nests and eggs.It is an offense to disturbed them

  • Last visit to Grand Beach: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated Jul 20, 2011
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