AT WEST BEACH OF GRAND
Grand Beach was very different rent in 1941 than it is now. It was an exciting
and vibrant vacation area. TRI;U it was
"THE GOLDEN ERA OF GRAND BEACH"
In 1941 there was "A WRECK" on the West Beach. That is what everyone called it. Actually, it was the remains of a large wooden barge that had been separated from a lake Steam Tugboat that was hauling it from Black Island near Manigotogan. The steam tug-boat that was hauling it was "THE GRANITE ROCK" (one of the last of the steam ships that operated on Lake Winnipeg. It was late November in the early 1920's and it had just rounded Ironwood Point, north of Grand Beach. (The northern tip of the long stretch of shoreline that you can see on your right as you look north at Grand Beach.
The lake was very stormy with huge waves running. Winds were gusting
to 100 mph from the Northwest. The steamship Granite Rock was hauling
four or five barges, all heavily loaded with lumber from Black Island,
to the Brown and Rutherford Lumber Yard in Winnipeg. Brown and Rutherford
was located on the Red River at Higgins Avenue just north of the Louise
One of the barges broke loose and drifted onto the shore at Grand Beach. Within a few years, there was nothing left of it but the huge timbers that framed the bottom of the barge. These projected out of the sand about three feet. Beneath this were six huge sealed oil barrels, which gave the barge great buoyancy,
The barge itself (or what was left of it) was about 10 ft in width and 16 ft in length. Finally, by the mid 1950's it completely disappeared into the sand. The Wreck The Wreck was located on the West Beach on the shoreline, about 100 yards along the beach from the present Park OFFICE.