The Sands of Time

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Location: These are part of the sand dunes, taken just before the sun set, last summer in Grand Beach Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada.

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 55mm Lens, Aperture exp 11.0, Shutter speed 1/320, ISO 200

Less than an hour from Winnipeg, Grand Beach has been called one of Canada’s best beaches.

The beach has three kilometres of fine, white sand backed by 12-metre sand dunes on the edge of the town of Grand Marais in Grand Beach Provincial Park. Since the 1920s, the beach has been a regular destination for thousands of visitors in the summer. It sits on the eastern side of Lake Winnipeg, North America’s sixth largest freshwater lake. The lake and its surrounding beaches are a remnant of the prehistoric Glacial Lake Agassiz.

Originally founded by homesteaders, it was home to a substantial Metis community who were the only settlers until the Canadian Northern Railway built its line and set up the resort along the ‘Grand’ beach in 1916. After being made accessible by the railway it became a very popular resort for Manitobans.
In the early days the grandest of all buildings in the resort was the Dance Pavilion, rated by some as the largest dance hall of its time in the Commonwealth. It was destroyed in a fire in 1950. Along with the incredible beaches the dance hall made Grand Beach a very attractive day trip destination for Winnipeggers in the 1920s. This was made possible by regular train services to the capital (Winnipeg), with the last train for Winnipeg leaving at midnight.
It now is said to rank in the top 10 of the top North American beaches

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