Escape for a tropical vacation without leaving Canada. This hidden gem isn't your regular swimming hole. Manitoba's Steep Rock Beach has bright turquoise water and friendly goats.

You might do a double-take when you view the photos of the ample beaches. No, this isn't the Big Island, but the sandy oasis is just as stunning. 

To see it for yourself, go to Lake Manitoba's shores. It is a two and a half-hour drive from Winnipeg. You'll want to head to Steep Rock Kayak And Canoe to say hello to the friendly locals. 

The three adorable goats who roam here, Hopper, Pogi, and Willy, will put a smile on your face.

The shop is a secret paradise you'll never want to leave. In addition to the cute animals, there is Pete's Place, where you can eat ice cream or rent boats for the afternoon.

It has everything you could want in the summertime. Next to the mini cabana, you can sway in a hammock underneath leafy green palm trees.

Plus, you can soak up the sunshine on the sandy shore next to the splashing waves.

Relaxing with an ice-cold drink and sand between your toes, it easy to feel like you are at an exclusive resort.

But your wallet will thank you, as all you need to pay for is your food and any watercraft you might use. 

Some of the options include kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and stand up paddleboards.

Rentals range from $12.50 to $20.00 per hour. But a half-day rental is the better bargain, at $30.00 to $45.00.

After spending time splashing your friends, make sure to save time to explore the coastline. You don't have to hike far, to enjoy stunning limestone cliffs and coves.

Make the most of the beautiful weather, and get planning a trip here ASAP.

Steep Rock Kayak & Canoe

Price: Free

Address: 12 Lakeview Dr., Steep Rock, MB

Why You Need To Go: It is the ultimate summer escape only a few hours from the city.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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