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.

2021 Beach Season Information for Visitors

  • Individuals from different households should maintain physical distance of six feet/two metres outdoors, indoors, in the sand and in the water.
  • Family/household groups should maintain 12 feet/four meters distance between towelling/beach blanket groups, to permit those accessing or exiting the beach area to practice the required six foot/two meter physical distancing between those already on the beach.
  • Towels, beach toys, food and other items should not be shared between members of different households.
  • Should the sand area be full, please use adjacent grassed areas to ensure group and individual physical distancing is maintained.
  • Please bring your own picnic table covers, toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizer and other personal items.
  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer regularly, and immediately after utilizing a play structure.
  • Access to Beach Safety Stations at Birds Hill, Grand Beach and Winnipeg Beach is restricted to Beach Safety Officers (BSOs).  BSOs will be practicing physical distancing including while assisting visitors at minor first aid self-treatment locations near the Beach Safety Stations.

2021 Beach Safety Program operating dates and hours:

Birds Hill
June 3 - 25: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
June 26 - Aug 22: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Aug 23 - Sept 6: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Grand Beach and Winnipeg Beach
June 3 - Sept 6: 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

Group Visits to the Beach are subject to current COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

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

Thank you to Cabela’s Outdoor Fund for funding lifejackets at Birds Hill and other beaches across Manitoba!

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 borrow life-jackets in select parks, and return them after their activity. The Life-jacket Loan program is available at:

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

In consultation with Public Health officials, Manitoba balances the risk of drowning with the risk of COVID transmission through lifejackets.  Jackets will continue to be available, with some occasional cleaning efforts.  Park visitors are still encouraged to bring their own life-jackets if they are a non-swimmer. 

Warning - Inflatables Not Recommended!

Inflatable devices like loungers, rafts, or toys are not recommended at the beach.

Inflatables are dangerous in windy conditions.

Offshore winds can:

  • blow inflatables to distant waters where children follow
  • cause swimmers to be swept into dangerously deep waters
  • feel light on shore but still carry swimmers away