Provincial Park Madness

by • March 23, 2017 • Fun & GamesComments (23)24060

Provincial Park Madness – championship round

Are you ready for the round that decides it all?

In a stunning defeat last night, Whiteshell was forced to pack its bags as Grand Beach proved once again that a passion for a place is indeed, a mighty force. Meanwhile, in a battle not for the faint of heart, Spruce Woods bit the dust as the king of the north, Clearwater Lake, washed its sands away with a flurry of voting power.

Now for the toughest decision yet…Grand Beach, or Clearwater Lake? Here are some quick facts to help you pick which park to support:

Grand Beach Provincial Park

Grand Beach is a diverse Provincial Park located on the east shore of Lake Winnipeg, characterized by one of our most popular beaches (bearing the same name), active sand dunes, jackpine forests, spruce bogs and a marsh. Talk to anyone who grew up in the first half of the 20th century and they will reminisce on weekends on the train to Grand Beach, where days were spent on the beach and boardwalk and nights were spent in the dance hall (constructed in 1917, burnt down in 1950). Today, Grand Beach boasts 3 kilometers of white sand where plenty of beach and cabin go-ers spend their time in the summer. Pick berries in the mixed forests, spot piping plovers, or embark on a self-guided hike along the glacial and ancient Lake Agassiz – Grand Beach Provincial Park is definitely worthy of being in the top 2 of Park Madness!

Clearwater Lake Provincial Park

Located 20 km north of The Pas, Clearwater Lake Provincial Park is best known for its lake of the same name, which takes up a beefy half of the park.  This deep (clear to the bottom at 11 m), spring fed lake boasts stunning quality and provides ideal conditions for lake trout to flourish. The lake is so successful for lake trout that eggs are collected for Manitoba fish hatcheries, allowing for a higher hatch rate than what would normally found in nature. Afterward, a portion of trout return home to Clearwater Lake. While an obvious hot spot for anglers, Clearwater Lake is also popular for camping, kayaking, SUPing, boating, and in general, spending a blissful day on the water. Accessible via a self-guided trail is one of nature’s great achievements – the caves – made up of giant chunks of rock broken off from the dolomite cliffs. With all these features and more, Clearwater Lake is more than deserving to have made it so far in Park Madness.

Remember, the winning park will receive a promotional video from Travel Manitoba, so make your vote count!

Provincial Park Madness

Championship Round

This poll has been closed.

Clearwater Lake vs Grand Beach

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23 Responses to Provincial Park Madness – championship round

  1. Dan&Pat says:

    Way to go Clearwater Lake, the most beautiful natural true blue lake in the world! A treasure of the North!

  2. antonio says:

    the waves at clearwater lake are amazing if you havent visited clearwater lake you have to go there its amazing

  3. Moira says:

    Clearwater Lake has the most stunning sunsets! Having been fortunate to live only 25 minutes from Pioneer Bay all my life, this clear blue lake with sandy beaches is my Manitoba destination all summer long !

  4. Carol McClintock says:

    It lives up to its name ” clear water”.

  5. CJ says:

    30 years ago I would have said Grand Beach but it’s not what it used to be. Clearwater Lake may be cold but water is still clean and purple sand beach is awesome.

  6. Pam says:

    Clear Water is the most Beautiful Lake in this Providence and I should know as I’ve visited many lakes and provincial parks all over Manitoba. Working & living at Clear Water has always been the highlight of my life.

  7. Rod jacobs says:

    Clear water lake is a “must visit”

  8. Donna StGodard says:

    Beautiful Clearwater Lake one of the three true blue lakes in the world!❤️

  9. Nancy says:

    I grew up with camping at clearwater lake pioneer bay, the lake spoils you, because nothing can compare to it. ♥

  10. Dawn says:

    I’ve been to both and Grand Beach has NOTHING on Clearwater Lake. You can’t even see your feet in the water at GB. Clearwater is a jewel in the north that most people don’t know about. Do yourself a favour and google it, you’ll be blown away. It’s nice to see how far it’s made it in the voting!!

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