Blog Assignment #1 Personal Favourite Place

I am so excited to share with you this Blog Assignment, it means a lot to me and I am SO excited to represent Miss Teenage Saskatchewan 2016 at Clear Lake this upcoming August!!

I will start off with some History first,

“The Parks are hereby dedicated to the people of Canada for their benefit, education and enjoyment…and shall be maintained and made use of so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of the future generations.”
– National Parks Act, 1930

A proposal that a national park be established in eastern Manitoba was under consideration as early as 1919. The area near Whiteshell River was proposed but the implementation lay dormant for several years. In 1927, Dr. E.D.R Bissett, Member of Parliament for Springfield, had received written assurance from the National Park Service that a recommendation to create a park in eastern Manitoba would commence. Not everyone favoured the prospect of a National Park in the Whiteshell area. City and town councils and rural municipalities were urging the establishment of a national park who had supported the Whiteshell River site now supported the Riding Mountain Forest reserve. The Forest Reserve was more accessible in the highway system, more centrally located and had one of the largest elk herds in Canada. Therefore, it was more preferred area than the Whiteshell.

After many months of deliberation and input from the public, it was decided that both the Whiteshell River site in Eastern Manitoba and the Riding Mountain Forest Reserve in Western Manitoba would become national parks. The Manitoba government advised that there would only be one national park in Manitoba. An assessment was done on both areas and it was decided that the Riding Mountain site was favoured over the Whiteshell area. It was recommended that a summer recreation area be created taking in an area of 180 kms surrounding Clear Lake. Again towns and municipalities rejected this proposal and recommended that entire Riding Mountain Forest Reserve become a national park. It was looked at as being: “an island of wilderness surrounded by a sea of farmland.” In 1929, the Riding Mountain Forest Reserve was set aside as a national park and on July 26, 1933, Riding Mountain National Park was officially opened. (http://discoverclearlake.com/discover/history)

Ever since my brother Colin & I were born, our parents have taken us to Clear Lake, Manitoba every summer for the past 19 years for around a week or so. When my mother was young her parents also brought her to Clear Lake so we are continuing our family tradition! We usually rent a cabin at one of the different resorts around the lake and it was always so much fun! There is also camping available so you can camp in the campground also! I was always very excited in the days leading up to our Clear Lake vacations. If you haven’t been there before, I suggest you check it out!! Clear Lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions around and there is tons of evidence below to prove it!

Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YlyoWXDszF8, Video credits to Alex Robinson, YouTube.

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There is always something to do in Clear Lake and here are a few examples of the many amenities in the area! Information provided by discoverclearlake.com.

Leisure:

Park Theatre: The “Largest Log Cabin Theatre In North America”. Holding over 500 people our theatre has been a mainstay of entertainment for the Park for over 50 years.

Here is a picture of the Park Theatre!

Here is a picture of the Park Theatre! Attached is a restaurant and gift shop!

Adventure Mini Golf: For some great beach-side family fun, come down to the Tennis Courts (west of Main Beach) and try your skills at the brand new Adventure mini Golf. 18 themed holes & snack shop.

Clear Lake Golf Course: Clear Lake Golf Course, with lush fairways, manicured greens, natural landscape, challenging holes and a spectacular setting — it is one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in North America.

Golf Course

Golf Course

Clear Lake Tennis Courts: Tennis Courts are open to anyone of all ages and abilities, they also have tennis lessons if needed.

Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts

Marina on Clear Lake / The Martese: Offering watercraft rentals and daily cruises on The Martese, The Clear Lake Marina provides Riding Mountain National Park’s visitors an opportunity for an up-close and personal experience of Clear Lake’s beauty.

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The Martese where you can check out the lake, history of lake while you enjoy a delicious meal on board!

Old Surrey Station Bike Rentals: The four wheel Surrey bike provides families and other sightseers with the ability to leisurely enjoy the Wasagaming Townsite.

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Parks Canada – Visitor Centre: Sign up for unparalleled experiences led by park interpreters and experts. Car, boat and hiking tours throughout the summer.

Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre

Wigwam Dining & Lounge: A Clear Lake tradition. Late-night lounge with live music and karaoke on select nights.

Wigwam Restaurant

Wigwam Restaurant

Clear Lake Gas & Bike Rentals: They have the largest selection of bike rentals in the park, with Norco Bushpilots, tandems, kiddy bikes and a range of fun novelty bikes. They also have bike parts and service.

130 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Gas Station & Bike Rentals

Gas Station & Bike Rentals

 There are also a few Services:

Frazer Studio of Photography: Frazer Studio is right  by the Lake, offers you fine quality portraiture in the beauty of the environment at Riding Mountain National Park.

Frazer Photography

Frazer Studio Photography

Beachcomber Clothing & Laundromat: Yes there is laundry services!! There is clothing for the whole family. Exclusive line of kids Desigual clothing, Clear Lake gift items and a clean coin-operated laundromat.

Clothing Store & Laundry

Beachcomber Clothing Store & Laundry

Shuttle Bug: Book your group charter, tour or guest transportation three days or more in advance using shuttlebugclearlake.com; or call us to pre-arrange your private lake transportation service giving us half hour to an hour advance notice.

It is on Hwy #10, Onanole, Manitoba right by Clear Lake!

Shuttle Bug Service

Shuttle Bug Service

Sportsman Park: A small grocery store with all the necessities and a 3 bay wand car wash. Don’t miss the Flea Market Saturdays & Sundays in the summer. Walking distance from the Wasagaming Townsite.

It is on Hwy #10 (just south of the Park Gate), Onanole, Manitoba.

Sportsman Park

Sportsman Park

There are also a lot of places to Shop: Who doesn’t like shopping?!

Boardwalk on Clear Lake: Sunset is the perfect time to join the crowd at the Boardwalk and view the best show in town. With a friendly staff, a fabulous candy cart and great shopping (giftware, t-shirts, beach and fishing supplies), the Boardwalk is a ‘must-go’ destination anytime, rain or shine.

138 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

Deep Bay Clothing at Clear Lake Trading Post: The carry an extensive line of clothing, outerwear, swimwear and footwear, from a variety of high-end brands, for men, women and children. They also carry such lines as NorthFace, Columbia, Helly Hansen, TOMS, NAOT and many more. In the Trading Post they is also a grocery store, bakery and any other essentials you may need.

144 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Deep Bay Trading Post

Deep Bay Trading Post

From The Earth Jewellery: From The Earth is all about jewellery. Gorgeous gemstones, set in sterling silver, fun fashion for all ages and clean high fashion silver pieces for those who like simple elegance.

Scrase’s Mercantile, 130 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

From The Earth Jewerlly

From The Earth Jewellery

Moon Lake Trading Company: They carry a large selection of unique and unusual giftware; Davinci beads, jewellery, accessories, Manitoba Made Pottery, maple syrup, honey, jam, candy, blends of tea, pet treats and accessories (including made in Manitoba “Smack” pet food).

119 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Moon Lake

Moon Lake Trading Company

The Sugar Shop: All your favourite retro chocolate bars plus bulk candy, slushies and other treats.

Scrase’s Mercantile, 130 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

The Sugar Shop!!

The Sugar Shop!!

The Peachtree: Peachtree has all different brands for men and ladies including Billabong, Roxy, etc. They also carry surf wear, backpacks, hats, shoes, sandals, etc.

103 Buffalo Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

The PeachTree

The Peachtree

The Chocolate Fox: Clothing, hats, watches, handbags and shoes along with chocolates, fudge, popcorn and the best homemade gelato in Clear Lake.

112 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba
chocolatefox.ca

The Chocolate Fox

The Chocolate Fox

The Cove: .A./New York fashions & trends-dresses, skirts, shirts, shorts and pants as well as sterling silver jewellery, watches, fashion handbags and a large line of fashion accessories.

124 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba
www.facebook.com/Thecoveclearlake

The Cove

The Cove

The Bear Behind: With garden ornaments, wind chimes, games, incense, discovery toys, picture frames, candles, shower & wedding gifts, golf accessories & gifts, sunglasses and more.

123 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

The Bear Behind

The Bear Behind

Sun & Sand:

Ladies clothing including Canadian made lines, bamboo, organic cotton lines and many more. Sandals , purses and a full array of accessories are also carried.

123 Ta-Wa-Pit Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Sun and Sand

Sun and Sand

Prairie Supply Co.:

Canadian owned company that brings a unique blend of clothing and fine goods, stemming from the roots of skate, snow and street culture. We strive to carry the most relevant product and to provide the best customer service possible.

126 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba
prairiesupplyco.com

Prairie Supply Co

Prairie Supply Co

Summer Fashions: Clothing for men, women and children including accessories, shoes, sandals, eyewear, etc.

105 Buffalo Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Summer Fashions

Summer Fashions

The Gorge Clothing & Beach Club Exchange:

The Gorge carries a variety of goods from all over the world. With unique and trendy men’s & women’s fashions, bathing suits, longboards, GoPros, footwear, wakeboards and stand up paddles. The Beach Club Exchange has used books, vintage/up-cycled clothing, and a café.

108 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba
www.facebook.com/thegorge.clearlake

Gorge Clothing

Gorge Clothing

Seagulls & Sandcastles:

Unique ladies clothing and accessories, which include shoes, sandals, purses, hats and jewellery. Prominent brands include Tribal, French Dressing, Oxygen, Neon Buddha, Renuar. Fenini and a new 100% cotton line from Australia.

127 Ta-Wa-Pit Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Seagulls and Sandcastles

Seagulls and Sandcastles

Kozy Trends:

Designer cotton sweatshirts, fleece jackets, denim skirts and dresses, pant suits, beach wear, designer handbags, watches, jewellery and accessories with brands like Ezze Wear and Picadilly.

119 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Kozy Trends

Kozy Trends

There are a lot places to Eat: There are a lot of places but I will name a few

Subway & Upper Cup of Clear Lake: All your favorite Subway sandwiches at Clear Lake. Located on Wasagaming Drive beside the Park Theatre. Attached to Subway is also a Upper Cup where you get any kind of hot drink.

115 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Subway

Subway & Upper Cup

Mano’s Pizza & Pasta: Pizza by-the-slice, Calzones, Quesadillas, Pastas, Garlic Bread, Bruschetta, Cheese Toast, Gourmet Dessert Pizzas.

115 Wasagaming Drive (behind Subway), Wasagaming, Manitoba

Mano's

Mano’s

Beach Club Exchange: The Beach Club Exchange cafe in the midst of used books, vintage and up-cycled clothing. Located downstairs at Gorge Clothing.

108 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba

Beach Club Exchange

Beach Club Exchange

Whitehouse Bakery: Clear Lake’s classic bakery with delicious breakfast and lunch in a modern setting. The cinnamon buns are a Wasagaming tradition. They are very delicious!!

104 Buffalo Drive Wasagaming, Manitoba
www.facebook.com/pages/Whitehouse-Bakery-and-Restaurant-Ltd/262331873797536

White House Bakery

White House Bakery

TR McKoys: Italian fine dining in a quaint bistro setting, with great pizza and pasta for take-out.

117 Wasagaming Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba
trmckoys.ca

TR Mckoys

TR McKoys

There are a lot of things to do in Clear Lake and park always has stuff to do for the children. If you looking for a get away or somewhere to bring children this would be my #1 recommend! There are also places around Clear Lake like Elkhorn Resort where you can stay and rent a cabin nearby or just stay at the resort hotel. Elkhorn has a great selection of massages, facials, or anything you need. Elkhorn now has a huge waterpark with it and I am very excited to see it!

Waterpark!

Waterpark!

Spa

Elkhorn Spa

 

 

My brother and I when we were very young at clear lake!!

My brother and I when we were very young at Clear Lake!!

 

When my dad and I built huge sandcastles!

My dad and I built huge sandcastles when I was younger!

 

 

 

 

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My brother and I in one of the rental cabins!

 

My brother and I paddle boarding!

My brother and I paddle boarding!

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My boyfriend and I at the pier!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits to,
discoverclearlake.com
Alex Robinson, YouTube

Thanks for visiting my blog!

xo-Kirsten

 

 

Written by: Kirsten

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