Green means the beach’s most recent test results met relevant water quality standards.
Red means the beach’s most recent test results failed to meet water quality standards.
Grey means water quality information for the beach is too old (more than 7 days old) to be considered current, or that info is unavailable, or unreliable.
When swimming season is over or when a beach's water quality data has not been updated frequently enough (weekly) it goes into historical status. This means that rather than displaying current data it displays the beach's average water quality for that year.
Green means the beach passed water quality tests 95% of the time or more.
Yellow means the beach passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time.
Red means the beach failed water quality tests 40% of the time or more.
We may manually set the status for a specific beach if we have concerns about the sampling protocol, if there is an emergency, if monitoring practices don't exist or have recently changed, or other reasons that render this site "special."
Green means the beach has historically excellent or pristine water quality, but there is no current data.
Red means the water at the site has water quality issues or there is an emergency.
Grey means there is no current water quality information, the beach is under construction, there has been an event that has rendered water quality information unreliable or unavailable.
See the beach description for more information regarding their special status.
Swim Guide wants to help you find the best beaches in the Province of Manitoba for the upcoming August long weekend.
For the 2017 August Long Weekend in Canada, Swim Guide recommends these beaches in Manitoba for their consistent excellent water quality (they passed water quality testing more than 95% of the time in 2017), and the beaches’ popularity with our users. We’ve also confirmed that these beaches are open this summer.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017 This beach is Part of Birds Hill Provincial Park, which has a mix of different landscapes lots of wildlife. The lake is named after James Curtis Bird, and was originally a single 80 acre lake. It has since been divided into two portions. Kingfisher Lake is the smaller southern portion, and is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. It is ideal for fishing. The northern shore of Birds Hill Lake is the only location designated for swimming. As it is located less than a half hour from Winnipeg, its shores can get very crowded in the summer months. There are washrooms and a playground nearby, as well as a public phones and a beach safety station. Swimming is unsupervised.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017 Patricia Beach is on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, 84 km from Winnipeg. It is a natural, white sand beach, and a popular, quiet alternative to the busier beaches further north. Patricia Beach is in a Provincial park so park passes are required. On the northern end of the beach is a causeway which feeds a marshy lagoon that provides excellent bird habitat. There is a parking lot, washrooms and drinking water taps, fire pits, a seasonal food concession and picnic tables for visitors. Patricia Beach is named after the daughter of the original land owner. The beach borders Beaconia Beach across the causeway to the north, which has a tradition of being clothing optional
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017 West Grand Beach has been a favourite Manitoba holiday destination since 1916. It is Manitoba’s “little piece of paradise on the prairies”, and Lake Winnipeg’s most popular beach with some weekends seeing tens of thousands of visitors.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017 The Town of Killarney is a rural community with its roots set in the agriculture industry and initially settled by many Irish immigrants. The lake, named after the Lakes of Killarney in Ireland, attracts many visitors and fishermen, but unfortunately also has a history of blue-green algae blooms, deteriorating the water quality to the point of toxicity, resulting in large-scale fish kills. The lake is now something of a test lab for methods of combating algae growth. Most would not consider the lake swimmable, and naturally an algae advisory is in place.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017 Reputedly named for the Metis poet/songwriter Pierre Falcon (1793-1876), Falcon Lake is known for clear, deep water and access to an excellent self-guided interpretive trail along Falcon Creek. Other multi-use trails wind through the parks and are frequented by runner, cyclists, hikers and cross country skiers. Parking is available very close to the beach and a boat launch is available. The location is ideal for families; though swimming is unsupervised, a playground a picnic shelters are right at the beach.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017 Lac du Bonnet beach is found in the town of Lac du Bonnet. The beach area has a sandy beach and a grassy hillside, along with a play structure. Every year there is a large fireworks display on the beach on Canada Day. The beach area is unsupervised by lifeguards.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017 St. Malo Provincial Park is considered to be one of southern Manitoba’s better-kept secrets. Popular with families, friends, and groups, it accommodates a serviced campground and picnic areas. The wide soft-sand beaches offer plenty of space, with volleyball courts, picnic tables and concession stands nearby. Powerboats are prohibited, making the lake quiet and well-loved by canoeists and boardsailers. Paddle boat rentals are also available on the beaches, and a sailboard launch is just outside of the swimming area. Parking and modern washrooms are also nearby. Once out of the water, Rat River dam and dyke, the source of the Reservoir, are available for exploration, and a network of trails go around the lake and into the aspen forest.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017 Albert Beach is a natural, freshwater beach with fine sand located on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. It is north of Grand Beach Provincial Park off Highway 59, and on the south shore of Traverse Bay which faces Elk Island Provincial Park. Albert Beach boasts quaint vintage cottages, and the community has a gas station, licensed restaurant, and general store where they offer internet access and tasty coffee. It was named by the Canadian Northern Railway in 1914 for Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.