Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Living like a local in Lake Winnipeg

With over 1500 kilometers of sandy shoreline to explore, Lake Winnipeg is one of Manitoba's most-coveted summer destinations. In fact, it has been luring sunseekers since the 1920s. Just 1 hour from Winnipeg, the lake is dotted with laid-back waterfront communities. From vibrant beach towns like Grand Marais to historic enclaves like Gimli, Lake Winnipeg vacation rentals promise a local experience in one of Canada's favorite outdoor playgrounds. Spend your days soaking up the sun on the beach, hiking in lush boreal forests and discovering the lake's Viking past.

Beach hopping in Lake Winnipeg

For most vacationers, sun and sand are top priorities. The good news is Lake Winnipeg delivers plenty of both. You'll find some of the best beaches around Gimli, one of the lake's bustling communities. It's brimming with character and filled with cafes, bakeries and one of Canada's most-characterful general stores. Backed by rolling dunes, Grand Beach Provincial Park is another signature stretch of sand. While sleeping under the stars at the park's campground is a treat, nothing beats the creature comforts of Lake Winnipeg vacation rentals.

Discover Lake Winnipeg's Viking roots

Back in the 1800s, many of Lake Winnipeg's towns were settled by Icelandic immigrants. For a glimpse of Manitoba's Viking roots, don't miss Gimli's New Iceland Heritage Museum. It's filled with local artefacts, from ancient farming tools to folk costumes. Don't forget to snap a selfie with the towering lakeside Viking statue that pays tribute to the town's Nordic heritage. The postcard-perfect Hecla Heritage Historic Village is another cultural gem. The self-guided walking trail will take you past traditional Icelandic homes, lakefront fishing stations and plenty of squawking pelicans.

Festivals and fireworks in sun-drenched Lake Winnipeg

Lake Winnipeg enjoys one of Canada's warmest summers. Crowds peak from June to August, when temperatures often creep into the 80s. With rustic decor, outdoor firepits and plenty of Adirondack chairs, Lake Winnipeg vacation rentals make it easy to live the cottage life. The season culminates with the annual Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Held since 1890, it sees over 50,000 visitors descend on Gimli. From fireworks to folk-music shows, it's packed full of family-friendly events. While Lake Winnipeg quietens down in the winter, it still lures its fair share of visitors. Wrap up and you can enjoy Nordic skiing, sledding and even snow-kiting on the lake.

Explore the great outdoors in Lake Winnipeg

Stretching for over 400 kilometers, Lake Winnipeg is laced with sandy beaches, rugged limestone cliffs and lush boreal forests. It's one of Canada's largest freshwater lakes and is a haven for local wildlife. To the north is Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park, home to native species like wolves, moose and the magnificent great gray owl. Grand Beach Provincial Park is laced with scenic hiking trails that wind past sandy beaches, pine forests, spruce groves, lagoons and marshland. Birdwatchers will jump at the chance to spot rare piping plovers nesting on the shoreline.