First Nations, Métis, homesteaders, beach goers, campers, cottagers, and today’s residents have been drawn over the past millennium to the white sands, grand marsh and boreal forest on the eastern edge of magnificent Lake Winnipeg.

First Nations, Métis and European homesteaders found ways to survive and sometimes thrive together in their relative isolation on the edge of the imposing Lake Winnipeg.

Changes began with the railway arriving and a resort being built beside one of the world’s most beautiful beaches; long after the rails were removed, it continues to be one of the most well known and visited beach in Manitoba.

Grand Marais, with a provincial park replacing the railway resort, has matured into a thriving diverse community, as have many East Beaches communities.



Grand Marais Community Central
Heritage Wing


In the Heritage Wing of Grand Marais Community Central, history takes on a look and feel that you may not have considered and provides a window to the early days of the Beaches we know today. With our vignettes you can be drawn into a time past and stories now told. Come and visit.

Since 2017 we have guides to lead you through the East Beaches past. This is thanks to grants from the Manitoba Metis Federation and the R.M. of St. Clements.

Prepare to spend some time. Prepare to have your imagination whisked to a beach and lively boardwalk via the Moonlight Express; or join the crowds who frequented Harry's Hideout and hear stories told by the children of pioneers from Stoney Point (Patricia Beach) to Victoria Beach.

History is not a sedentary thing. In this place, our Heritage is Grand.