We are putting together “photo albums” of beach memories. Do you have a photograph that captures your memories of the East Beaches? Send us one photograph with a separate caption that we will include in the album.
Photo of the family cabin
Caption: “Dad built the cabin in 1939 and we rebuilt it in 1972.”
—The Warkinton family, Belair
Photo of adult on the marsh boardwalk
Caption: “As a kid, my friends and I spent hours here in the marsh looking for frogs.”
—Tom Doe, Grand Beach
A wedding photo
Caption: “We met on the Moonlight Special going up to the Grand Beach Dancehall, July 8, 1948, the rest is history.”
—John and Mary Smith, Winnipeg
Photo of boy with wagon
Caption: “As a kid growing up in Grand Marais, I charged 10 cents to take people’s bags from the train station to their cottage in my wagon.”
—Henry Long, Grand Marais
Family photo of snowshoeing into the cabin from the train
Caption: “Our grandparents came out on the train at Christmas and snowshoed into the cabin.”
—The Johnson Family, Victoria Beach
Family photo on Elk Island
Caption: “Every August long weekend the whole family would pile into the boat and head to Elk Island for blueberry picking”
—Jean Richard, Albert Beach
Photo of family picnic on the beach
Caption: “Mom would pack a picnic and we would spend the day on the beach.”
—Mary Worth, Beaconia
How to Submit
You can provide the photo digitally or we can scan it and return it to you. Please include your name and contact information.
Our Roots: Donate an Artifact
The Heritage Wing is not a traditional museum but an interactive interpretive centre. We don’t have the space or budget to maintain a collection of artifacts.
We do want to display a few small artifacts from the earliest families to live in the East Beaches area. These could be small objects representing Ojibwe, Métis or early homesteaders’ home life.
We are looking for a few special family objects that date from before the 1920s, maybe something passed down or brought from the old country. We would give them a safe home in our small artifact case.
Possibilities include beadwork, leather work, embroidery, child’s fiddle or jigging shoes, small traditional toys, family bible, or an old family quilt.