What does Manitoba have that places like Alberta or Ontario don't? We have reasonably-priced cottages, camping and vacations spots galore - all within short distance from a beach. (Manitoba has 100,000 lakes).
For instance, only 70 minutes from Winnipeg is Grand Beach. Soft sand, warm clean water (well warm in summer anyways), girls -- there are guys too, but who cares about them. Grand Beach has been rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world by Playboy Magazine (but what do they know?)
Manitoba has GREAT beaches! About an hour north of Winnipeg, you will find several beautiful, sandy beaches you can hang out or do some swimming at. You could also rent a cottage for a week or so to relax at.
Here is a shot of my buddy Sharon and I at Patricia Beach, on Lake Winnipeg. This lake is excellent for a day trip from the city, with many nice beaches, and calm shallow water. The province of Manitoba has more than 100,000 lakes, covering one sixth of the province's land mass. Lake Winnipeg is the 5th largest freshwater lake in all of Canada.
This is my friend Jed. We are at Lake Winnipeg, only this time on Grand Beach. Grand Beach is one of North America's top freshwater beaches - the sand is soft and white, stretching for miles. It is a popular summer spot for young people, as well as for families. We managed to sneak Jed in, at a more remote end of the beach - normally dogs are not allowed.
An hour and a half north of the city lies one of the top ten beaches in North America. It has beautifull white sand, a boardwalk and cool fresh water swimming. Grand Beach can attract up throngs of suntanned young adults during the summer and even has a night club to go to once the sun has set!