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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lockport and Winnipeg Beach

Welcome, I'm so glad you have stopped in today.  

Sunday, being Father's Day, my husband grabbed his camera and we went for a drive.  First we stopped at Tim Horton's for a Cold Stone Creamery delectable ice cream dessert, (it was Father's Day after all. 8-).  Then we headed north.  First stop was Lockport, which I have posted about several times before.  We can never get enough of the American Pelicans, they are so fun to watch.
These first four photos are taken in Lockport, where there is a dam and locks for boats, on the Red River here in Manitoba.  The scenery is so pretty.  Note four photos down, our Canadian flag, I love photos of it.

In June 1903, the first Winnipeg Beach train brought up vacationers to their new summer paradise. By 1912, 10 trains took 40,000 vacationers to the beach each weekend. There was a 7:20 train that used to take the daddies into work and the some train would come back out at. It was called the 5:20. It would arrive on the beaches on the West Side around 7:00 at night, just in time for them to have a swim and a drink before dinner." "Then there was the other train known as the moonlight special. There was a moonlight special on both sides of the lake Saturday train that left Winnipeg about 6:00 at night. It was for the party goers, the people that would come up to use the big dance pavilions at both Winnipeg Beach and Grand Beach. It would leave at midnight. It would blow its whistle at 12:45 to tell everybody to get to the train station because if you missed it you were on the beach until the next morning because there was no other train coming back out."  This is still a cottagers dream, although passenger trains no longer run into the area.
The above was taken from the Winnipeg Beach website, I thought you might enjoy a bit of a history of the area.   

Winnipeg Beach is about a forty-five minute drive outside of Winnipeg and it is situated on the South Western edge of  Lake Winnipeg.  The lake is a 9500 square mile body of water.  When you are there, you can't see a shore on the other side, as the last photo shows you.  On Sunday there was virtually nobody on the beach but ourselves and an occasional passersby.  Lake Winnipeg is surrounded by sandy beaches and many small settlements.
Be sure to go over to A Southern Daydreamer and check out more lovely scenery photos.  I am also joining Watery Wednesday for more fun and great photos of water scenes.  There is always so much to see at these two memes.

Have a beautiful day!



Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Pelicans gather
for afternoon gossip: Who
caught the biggest fish?

River Running Wild

Sherrie said...

Looks like a great place for weekend outing. Your pictures are great! Have a great day!

Sherrie's Stuff

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Oh so beautiful, truly special shots. Love the seabirds.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cndy,
What beautiful pictures! It sounds like you two had a wonderful day together. Thanks for sharing. :)
I look forward to seeing you at tomorrow's Feather Your Nest Link party! Thanks for participating!!
Hugs ~ Jo :-)

P.S. Just wanted to let you know that when you leave a comment on my blog, it doesn't leave a link back to your blog, just back to the list of blogs you follow. I wasn't sure if you knew that or not. :)

The Paint Splash said...

Wonderful pictures. Am glad you had a nice trip for fathers day.Please come by and visit my post about our farm experience this past week when you can! Debbie

Linda said...

What a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for sharing! I love virtually visiting all these places!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

What beautiful photos!

Hood Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous!!! What a beautiful place :)

Hood Photo Blog

Light and Voices said...

Pelicans are having a conference.

Riet said...

That was a great trip. Beautiful pictures Cindy.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Beautiful! Loved this, Cindy!


Sheila :-)

Susan said...

Good day! Looks like you and Ray enjoyed a very nice Father's Day! Beautiful scenery in Lockport & Winnipeg Beach. Thanks for sharing!
xoxo Sue

lina@happy family said...

Cindy, I truly love seeing all pictures... Great shots :)

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