The warmth of the sun kissing your skin, the hot sand burning the soles of your feet, the calming sound of the crashing waves… Summer seems somehow incomplete without a trip to a beach.
Packing was fast, and 1,433km later we were happily enjoying the breeze at Grand Beach, Manitoba.
Really? That far? Yes, that’s how far it is from Calgary, but only an hour drive from Winnipeg. Since that’s where we were at the moment, we simply could not miss an opportunity to revisit.
It’s located on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, which is the sixth-largest freshwater lake in Canada.
My first encounter with it happened during a road trip of 2005. Various tourist brochures informed me that it was ranked in the top ten beaches of North America. This definitely piqued my interest, but also raised some doubts until I saw the stretches of fine white sand, large sand dunes, endless appearance of the lake, and high waves hitting the shore. I was smitten and thankful to my husband (boyfriend at that time) for showing me such a gem.
This time around we were on a mission to see nature’s farewell kiss for the night. If you previously explored my likes section, you know that watching a sunset is one of my favourite things to do. It’s always beautiful and so romantic!
We got there around 8pm and were met by a strong summer breeze, which is perfect for catching waves and windsurfing. The water was still very warm. And while I was fascinated by the reflections in the water, chasing seagulls and capturing glitter bokeh with my camera, Alex went for a swim.
Finally, it was time for a magic show when the golden shine changes hues and a big bright fireball dips into the lake leaving us in awe.