The Hillside Beach Community Association (HBCA) is a non-profit, community-based organization that works to improve the experience of all residents in the Hillside Beach area. The HBCA provides direction and leadership for development of recreational activities and community spaces, including Charlie Wall Park, while promoting stewardship of the environment. The Hillside Beach Community Association, formerly known as the Hillside Beach Ratepayers Association, had its beginnings in the 1960’s. In 1998, when the Local Government Districts were redefined by the Province of Manitoba, the focus of the Association transitioned from representing the members’ needs to the elected government, to providing opportunities for community engagement, developing spaces for recreation and social connection, and facilitating the flow of important information to community members.
Over the years, the Hillside Beach Community Association has provided opportunities for recreational and social activities through the development of Charlie Wall Park and organizing events that bring the community together. The children’s playground, picnic shelter, basketball court, baseball diamond and soccer pitch have been made possible through the fund-raising and organizing efforts of the HBCA and the generosity of community residents and local businesses.
The HBCA provides many benefits to members of the Association. Please check out our Membership page, and consider joining us!
The HBCA has installed new bike racks throughout the Hillside Beach Community. Thanks to funding support from the RM of Alexander there are new bike racks at: Westshore Road, Pebble/Rocky Beach, Charlie Wall Park, and Belfast Road. Please note that these are BYOL (bring your own lock) racks.
HBCA Directors worked together for planning and installation. Thanks to this crew of volunteers.
For information regarding step repair to the beach, please contact the RM of Alexander.
Thank you to the approximately 100 HBCA members who participated in the survey.
Now is your time to join an ad hoc community committee to investigate, prioritize and plan next steps. Please email email@example.com to let us know your commitment to participate on an ad hoc committee. All further exploration into these items will require community members participation before moving forward.
Some of your comments from the survey...
There should be parking at Rocky Beach that is not just for wheelchairs. The sign saying to park at Charlie Wall is ridiculous.
A capital project would be a walking/bike path along Hillside Beach Road.
Parking is becoming a problem at Lagoon Road. Why are we continuing to build more cottages when we are at capacity?
It would be nice to have a nature walk cleared along the shore from Sandy Beach to Rocky Beach.
Sports in the evening for the kids? Crafts under the canopy? My son attends events at Victoria Beach. Would be great if he could attend more events at Hillside.
Increased patrol of the beach. Enforcement of dog restrictions on the beach.
We need some facility to wash boats off in boat launch parking lot.
A community cook off where people bring their grill, smoker, griddle, pizza oven and sell their food to entrance paying consumers.
A beach party day where games are set up or where people can try paddle boards, kayaks or canoes with participation from local companies that sell these items.
There are many residents who chose to install a well. Others who wish year round water should do the same.
It would be nice to see a portable toilet and waste containers at Rocky Beach.
Park benches along walking routes.
Community members who attended HBCA’s Nature’s Calling were able to receive updated information about advocacy for the health of Lake Winnipeg from the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and concerns about Aquatic Invasive Species from the Provincial Biologist AIS.
Lake Winnipeg Foundation
Alexis Kanu, Executive Director for the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) shared the importance of continued advocacy from individuals for the health of Lake Winnipeg. Winnipeg’s largest sewage treatment plant, the North End Water Pollution Control Centre, continues be non-compliant with the 1 mg/L phosphorus limit set out in its provincial operating licence. Excess phosphorus negatively impacts the health of Lake Winnipeg. This is the time for concerned citizens to engage the candidates in the upcoming provincial election to ask:
Thank you to Marlo Campbell and Kendi Dyck from the Lake Winnipeg Foundation for the 1:1 conversations and advocacy materials that were made available for our community. Note that Lake Winnipeg Foundation will be providing information at East Beaches Thursday, July 27th at 7 p.m.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Candace Parks, Biologist Aquatic Invasive Species, Province of Manitoba, opened our eyes to concerns for Lake Winnipeg’s health that goes beyond zebra mussels. Spiny waterflea is another aquatic invasive species that is in Lake Winnipeg. Candace provided our community with a “view” of the different stages of the zebra mussel and spiny water flea. The impact of these aquatic invasive species is devastating on the ecosystem of the lake. Candace shared there are other AIS not far from our area that pose risk to Lake Winnipeg.
What can we do?
Clean, drain and dry
Please visit https://www.manitoba.ca/stopais/index.html for more information. Take the time to learn and prevent being fined.
Thank you to all community members who came to the Nature’s Calling event on June 24th and shared their ideas with us. With your help we are one step closer to enhancing the
existing trails and paths through the community. Thank you to the RM of Alexander for
supporting this effort with grant funds.
The trail update project is a multi-year project. We plan to enhance 8-10 existing trails in the
community this season with direction signs, access information and an Adopt a Trail community member. View the Adopt a Trail brochure.
15 nesting boxes will be ready to put up on the trails soon. Thanks to Rod Birch for preparing
the packages of nesting boxes during the winter for the HBCA. Thanks to Laurie Wasiuta for
volunteering time at the Nature’s Calling event.
The Trail Project committee invites members from our community to join us as we move forward on our project. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hillside Beach Annual Yard Sale is Sunday August 6, from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. The Rainbow auction (License #: LGCA 8404 RF 40894) is back this year! Checkout the prize packages.
Reserve a site online and have the option to set-up in our reserved area at the front of the selling area.
Want to help at the event? See the volunteer opportunities.
The following information was contributed by HBCA member Dianne Logan.
Hillside Beach is home to Fireflies which are one of the most intriguing species in the insect world. In early summer, (June and July), they start a courting ritual that delights anyone who stays up late enough to watch them twinkling and flashing in your yards.
To show that they are available, the male Fireflies show off by flying around signaling to the females. The females usually sit at the top of tall blades of grass or on a tree branch watching for a possible mate. If she’s impressed, she will flash her light to attract him. He will flash back at her indicating his interest. After mating, she can lay as many as 500 eggs in the ground. When the numbers of mature Fireflies are plentiful, they can light up your yard and bushes in a magical display.
The Firefly population is in decline at Hillside Beach and around the world due to loss of habitat. However, it is very easy to nurture fireflies in your yard and neighbourhood. They thrive in damp conditions and they prefer total darkness at night. It’s best for us to observe them when it’s dark.
Step one: Let's go fishing
The Provincial Fisheries Act and Fisheries Act of Canada are the regulatory bodies governing fishing in Manitoba. Lake Winnipeg is in the Southern Fishing region of Manitoba.
Purchase your licence online here If you are exempt remember to have your identification as proof of age with you when you fish.
Pickerel/Walleye (and sauger or combination of both) is limited to 4 and may not exceed 55 cm.
Step two: Stop aquatic invasive species
Before you enter the Lake Winnipeg, please ensure that all your equipment, boat (motorized and non-motorized), fishing equipment and bait containers are free of aquatic plants and mud.
When you exit the water, clear all water related equipment of aquatic plants (algae and weeds) including boats (motorized and non-motorized), fishing equipment and bait containers. Drain all water from watercraft and water related equipment. Keep drains/valves open or removed while in transport.
Read some important information to protect the waterways and your watercraft.
Step three: Filet that fish
Let us leave this to the experts. Here is a great video on how to fillet a fish.
Step four: Follow one of these recipes
The following recipes are from our HBCA former and current Directors!
Pickerel cheeks appetizer from Lynnette
Wrap pickerel cheeks in thin piece of prosciutto or very lean bacon (check Gimli Fish for pickerel cheeks for a special celebration).
The basic pan fry Pickerel with three variations from Lawrence, Grace, and Val
Verna Dawns’ Beer Batter Recipe
Verna Dawn found this recipe… sounds delicious
We are hosting “Nature’s Calling” at Charlie Wall Park, 38069 Hillside Beach Road on Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m.
The event is open to everyone!
Find out more about the Hillside Beach Trail Proposal and build a nesting box for birds to be placed on the trail. HBCA membership required for a free opportunity to build a box.
Bring your own lawn chair. Coffee and water free for those with reusable cups/containers.
The most recent CSLW has included some time sensitive information for citizen response. March 15 is the final day for folks to complete a survey on Water Management Strategy and April 5th for written response.
Hillside Beach community is woven together by pathways that allow walkers and bicycles to explore the area through the bays and streets, to the lagoon, west beach, or main beach area. These pathways are the original paths the development has preserved over the years. Many of the paths are maintained by residents whose efforts go without acknowledgement but are enjoyed by many.
Seasonal and permanent residents may walk by an opening in the woods and unsure of where it may lead. The pathways through the woods and along the wetland are treasures for exploring the natural life, vegetation, insects, and birds, that support a healthy boreal forest and Lake Winnipeg.
Hillside Beach Community Association has been planning to provide our community with the opportunity to access these original pathways with respectful identification and information as well as orientation through our community.
Nesting boxes for birds, natural wildlife, plant, shoreline and wetland information is planned to share with walking or cycling path travelers. The beauty and preservation of our woods and wetlands is part of keeping our Lake Winnipeg water and beaches healthy.
Learn more at the June event
On June 24, HBCA is planning to host “Nature’s Calling” at Charlie Wall Park. HBCA Trail Committee will have more information about the pathways, volunteer sponsors, nesting boxes for families to build and more. This day will also provide an opportunity for East Beach communities to attend an information session presented by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.
The Coalition to Save Lake Winnipeg is supporting HBCA’s “Nature’s Calling” event by organizing information access regarding zebra mussels, wetlands, Lake Friendly etc. Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches.
The proposed project would include:
A grant application for funding support of this project has been made to the RM of Alexander. Approval from the RM of Alexander is required as the trails identified are all on public land.
We look forward to working with the community of Hillside Beach and the RM of Alexander to enhance our outdoor experiences.
The community of Hillside Beach is served by two local companies to provide potable water (safe drinking) for seasonal residents from May long weekend until the October Thanksgiving weekend.
Important Reminders about Seasonal Water Services
Check your water lines
Property owners should regularly check their water line - starting where the line connects to the property, then follow the line to the cottage.
Water Interruption tips
The community of Hillside Beach is home throughout the year to many migratory birds. We are a pelican’s paradise. They nest on our shores and feed in our bays. We can see and hear them fly over our Hillside homes from May, bringing hope that summer is here soon until October, realizing winter is on its’ way. Learn more at Lake Friendly Manitoba Pelicans in Manitoba
While the pelicans, gulls and sandpipers have flown south we have a symphony of birds that arrive for the winter. Rick McGregor, a Lac du Bonnet Cottage owner, and amateur bird photographer has an article in the Lac du Bonnet Clipper (Nov. 3 issue, page 12) listing some of the local wintering birds in our area.
We invite our members to take photos and identify the many birds in our area during the different seasons. We will share them on Facebook and our website for others to enjoy.
Please visit Manitoba Bird Brochure for more information on birds you may see.
Since April, 2022 there has been concern regarding the spread of Avian Flu and the contributions of bird feeders. From the Canadian Government Avian Flu in Migratory Bird:
To minimize the risk of transmission of HPAI, do not handle or feed any wild bird by hand. Feeding encourages wild birds to congregate around food sources and can increase the probability of transmission among wild birds, both within and among species.
The HBCA wants to give a big thank you to everyone who supported the second annual drive-in movie night. We set an attendance record with over 120 people.
Thank you to all the members of the HBCA board who volunteered throughout the night.
Thank you to our movie night supporters
East Shore Realty, Wayne's Backhoe, Sunset Spray, Blue Water Lawn and DMD Electric.
The Hillside Beach Community Association (HBCA) Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Charlie Wall Park. Councillor Cheryhl Corrie has been invited to join us.
Board of directors nominations
Nominations for the HBCA directors are welcomed. A maximum of 11 directors can be elected to work together for our community. Currently, there are eight directors volunteering on the board. A full complement of 11 will help to ensure the continuation of activities, events and communication to our community.
The board meets twice in the off-season in Winnipeg and approximately four times during the summer for planning events at Hillside Beach. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
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