Jul 26, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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This hike is a study in contrasts. From the bustle and exuberance of glorious Grand Beach - our most famous strip of sand, you’ll walk up to the quiet stillness of an ancient beach ridge and then down to sedate Lester Beach with its beautiful cliffs towering overhead.
Grand Beach is one of the finest beaches in the entire world. With its miles of powdery white sand, it’s no surprise that thousands of sun worshippers gather here every summer. This is our most popular summer destination and has been a mecca for young people for almost a hundred years. DIRECTIONS TO HIKE: Take EAST PARK GATE and drive into campground. A short distance after campground office (.3 km) turn off to the right and find parking for the Ancient Beach Trail.
hike length - 8 km loop
hike difficulty - fairly easy (some climbing & uneven ground / terrain is generally sandy and level)
Club members* pay $5. / Non-club members pay $15.(Event fees will be collected at the beginning of the event)
some history -
Back in the 1920s, people came up from Winnipeg by train. In those days this was a full-fledged resort town with a real carnival atmosphere. There were two key places to see and be seen. One was the boardwalk that extended from the train station to the east lagoon, and then there was the famous dance pavilion. It attracted a great swarm of young people every night of the week all summer long. The CN ran a ‘midnight special’ out from the city every evening. After a night of dancing, the party crowd would return home by moonlight. Today, the dance hall is gone and the boardwalk diminished, but this is still the capital of summertime fun for many thousands of Manitobans.
Leave the raucous fun-seekers behind and head into the quiet trails of the Ancient Beach Ridge trail system. These sandy slopes scattered with granite boulders are part of the Belair moraine, a hill-like landform deposited here by glacial activity more than 14,000 years ago. You’ll reach a height of land that offers a glorious view of Lake Winnipeg, and as you climb through aspen, birch and jack pine, you’ll cross three distinct shorelines of long-gone Lake Agassiz.
The trail leading down to the north takes you to Lester Beach. You’ll reach a vehicle barricade and follow the main road a short distance until you reach a creek. Here you’ll follow a pathway to the left or west, down to the public beach. Lester Beach presents a more peaceful atmosphere than its raucous neighbour to the south. The serene beauty of its rocky cliffs make this one of Lake Winnipeg’s most majestic stretches of shoreline.
* Participants who have a current $25. annual Prairie Pathfinder walking club membership are eligible for the discount event price of $5.