In this summer of restricted travel, there’s never been a better time to get acquainted with the many great attractions that Western Manitoba has to offer within the bounds of our current pandemic reality.
One of those destinations is Oak Lake Beach/Oak Lake Provincial Park, situated about 45 minutes from Brandon. With a charming beachfront, two recently installed side-by-side playgrounds, picnic shelters, ample open space for socially distanced outdoor activities and an on-site store complete with cool treats the area checks a lot of boxes as a day-trip destination.
For something a little different, based on photos taken recently I’ve included below a 360 degree panoramic tour of the main beach and play areas to give a much more real sense for what the area has to offer.
You can have a look using the interactive image below, which you can use to tap or click and drag to rotate around and browse each of four different spots in full 360 degree circles. You’ll start in a scene in front of the main welcome sign. From there have a look for the floating black circular icons to take a “walk” to the other three scenes that make up the small tour including the view from the beach itself. If you're less interested in looking around for the links, click on the three dots ("...") icon and you'll be shown a list of all scenes.
Other features include the mini golf course, campground and of course the much heralded Oak Island Golf Resort and everything that goes with it.
Oak Lake Beach is located just under 70km from Brandon, a South turn off of the Trans Canada Highway West of the community of Oak Lake itself.
The Province of Manitoba continues to have measures in place as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic including an expectation for social distancing and a limit on outdoor gatherings that increased to 100 people on Sunday. More on the Province’s Restoring Safe Services initiative can be learned at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html