Grand Beach to get $4M facelift

Grand Beach is set to get a $4 million makeover from the province.

Government of Manitoba to build new family picnic area where old hotel sits

Grand Beach saw an estimated 430,000 people in 2012. (CBC)

Grand Beach is set to get a $4 million makeover from the province.

Manitoba’s conservation minister Gord Mackintosh made the announcement Thursday, saying the beach was going to get a major facelift.

The $4 million investment will be made over the next seven years and will include a host of changes, part of a larger parks strategy the province is working on.

The biggest change will be the addition of a family picnic area where a derelict hotel currently sits.

The hotel will be demolished and replaced with a plaza, benches, tables, fire pits and a playground. The province hopes to use trees and boulders reclaimed from St.Ambroise Provincial Park, which was badly damaged in the 2011 flood.

Officials said a paved walkway from the parking lot to the boardwalk will also be constructed, with the addition of a paved ramp.  In addition, the area’s waste-water facilities will be upgraded, and several campsites in the area will get electricity.

An estimated 430,000 people visited Grand Beach in 2012. Provincial officials said beach attendance is up 14 per cent over the last five years.