Provincial Park Beaches

To many Manitobans, summer means a holiday at the beach. With 83 provincial park beaches to choose from across the province, Manitoba Provincial Parks have an abundance of beautiful beaches offering ample opportunities for visitors to swim, wade and enjoy the cool, clear water within picturesque settings.  Spend time at these popular spots and savour a sunny summer tradition.

Beach Safety

The Beach Safety Program in Manitoba’s provincial parks focuses on public education and water safety programming. Safety measures provided at provincial park beaches include signage, brochures and buoy lines.

Three provincial park beaches, Birds Hill, Grand Beach (West Beach) and Winnipeg Beach, provide Beach Safety Officer services. Beach Safety Officers focus their efforts on public education, preventative water safety interventions, emergency response, first aid and a limited monitoring of swimmers only at Birds Hill Provincial Park.

2019 Beach Safety Program operating dates and hours:

Birds Hill

June 6 - 25: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
June 26 - Aug 25: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Aug 26 - Sept 2: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Grand Beach and Winnipeg Beach

June 6 - Sept. 2: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

At St. Malo, park interpreters deliver water safety education to beach visitors throughout summer.

Group Visits to the Beach

If your group is planning a beach trip to provincial parks this summer, Manitoba encourages supervisors to promote the safety of all group members by following beach safety tips.  Additional information: Group Visits to the Beach - Birds Hill, Grand Beach and Winnipeg Beach.

If your group is planning a beach visit to St. Malo Provincial Park, please call the campground office at 204-347-5283 to inquire about beach safety presentations with the park interpreter. 

Life-jacket Loan Program

Manitoba Parks encourage park visitors, especially boaters, children, and weak swimmers, to wear properly-sized life-jackets, when participating in water-related activities. Visitors can now borrow life-jackets in select parks, and return them after their activity. The Life-jacket Loan program is available at:

  • Bakers Narrows
  • Birds Hill (2)
  • Clearwater - Campers Cove
  • Grass River - Gyles
  • Grass River - Iskwasum
  • Paint Lake
  • Manipogo
  • Moose Lake
  • Rainbow Beach
  • St. Malo - Main Beach (2)
  • St. Malo - Sunset Shores
  • Stephenfield

The Loan Program is made available with the assistance of the Manitoba Coalition for Safer Waters.

Blue Flag

The Blue Flag designation is a highly respected eco-label that symbolizes clean and well-managed beaches. The standards ensure the beach is protected and that public use will not harm its ecosystem. 33 criteria related to water quality, environmental education, environmental management, safety and services must be met annually to secure the designation from an international jury in Europe. The Blue Flag shows that staff are upholding beach management and operations to some of the highest standards in the world.

Grand Beach

Since the summer of 2012, West Beach at Grand Beach Provincial Park has flown the internationally recognized "Blue Flag".