Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions our guests ask when planning their stay with us at Canary Beach Resort.

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Amenities and Conveniences

Do you have wireless internet access?

Yes, we recently had fiber optic installed and are now one of the few family resorts in Minnesota to offer complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the resort and guest accommodations.

What amenities are provided in your cabins?

Our cabins are furnished with a microwave, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, blender, dishes, glassware, pots and pans, silverware, utensils, toaster, coffeemaker, bedding, charcoal grill, soft water, televisions, air conditioning, and DirecTV. All cabins are furnished with kitchen and bath towels.

Our eight spacious, newly-built cabins were also designed for the enjoyment of our guests in winter months and include gas or electric heat. Our famous Wren’s Den also has fireplace, in-floor heat, several TVs, and a washer and dryer.

Picnic tables and campfire burners are available upon request.

Do you allow pets?

For the safety of all our guests, we are a pet-free resort.

Local pet boarding options include:

Where is the nearest grocery store?

We offer limited groceries, ice, bait, snacks, ice cream, clothing, and souvenirs in the Lodge. For a greater selection, it’s a quick and easy drive to Tom’s Market in Glenwood (12 minutes away), Super Walmart in Alexandria (20 min), Elden’s Food Fair (24 min) and Cub Foods (21 min).

Do you have laundry facilities available?

Yes, we offer coin-operated laundry facilities. For your convenience, laundry soap is also available for sale in the Lodge.

What do we need to remember to bring?

Be sure to bring beach towels, charcoal for grilling, personal soaps and paper towels/napkins/tissues.


What is your deposit policy?

Reservations by phone will be held for five days or can be secured by credit card. Cabin rentals require a 50% deposit. The balance is due at check in.

What is your cancellation policy?

A deposit will be refunded less a $50 administrative charge if the cancellation is received 90 days prior to the start of the vacation.  Other refunds will be handled on an individual basis.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Cash, Check, Debit Card, Visa, MasterCard, Discover

Event Center

Can you tell me more about the amenities of your Event Center?

Our new, 2,100 square foot Event Center can accommodate a great variety of gatherings, meetings, and special occasions of up to 100 guests.

We designed the Event Center with versatility in mind, and we’ve got just about everything you will need to make your event a big success – a fireplace, podium, projector, microphone, speakers with surround sound, AV/HDMI/RCA hookup, restrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, outlets with extension cords available, in-floor heat, air conditioning, and as many tables and chairs as you might need.

A large garage-door-style entry makes it easy for food vendors, trucks, and catering to serve your event… and hassle-free for DJs and other services to bring in their equipment.

We offer ample parking in the overflow parking lot to the west of the facility.

What sort of events and activities have you hosted in the Event Center?

We have hosted movie nights, wedding and anniversary celebration receptions, graduation parties, birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, vendor events, meetings, conferences, family gatherings, potlucks, art nights, graduation parties, surprise parties, and religious services… just to name a few!


Do you have planned activities?

When you’re a guest at Canary Beach, you will find many activities to keep you as busy as you want to be. There is something for everyone!

Hayrides and Barrel Train Rides are Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer. Canary Beach Resort has been known to have spontaneous movie nights if the weather prevents a hayride.

To find out more about what we have planned throughout the year, and what special activities will be happening around the local area, be sure to check out our Events Calendar!

How far is Canary Beach Resort from the town of Alexandria?

You can get to Alexandria in about 15-20 minutes by taking a short drive through the scenic countryside.


Do you have overnight campsites?

We have four overnight campsites that are limited to those who are family and friends of our seasonal guests or of our cabin guests.

Do you have a storm shelter?

Yes – the Lodge has a county-approved storm shelter.

Can we bring our own firewood?

Dry firewood is available for purchase in the Lodge. In order to help prevent invasive species in our area, the DNR has asked us to not allow wood to be brought in.

Fishing and Boating

Can we bring boats or jet skis?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own boats. We have a boat landing on site for easy access to the lake. There is also a public landing available ¾ of a mile east of our resort.

There is plenty of trailer parking in our overflow lot on the west side of the resort. While in Lake Villard, boats can be pulled up onto our level, sandy shoreline.

Is Lake Villard a good fishing lake?

We’ve got great fishing, especially in the fall, winter and spring of the year. For more details, visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website:

What kind of fish are in Lake Villard?

We have bass, crappies, northerns, sunfish, perch, and walleyes

Do you sell fishing bait in the Lodge? If not, where can guests buy some?

During the summer, we typically offer night crawlers for sale in the Lodge.

When is the lake usually frozen enough to go ice fishing? Which month does ice fishing typically end?

Usually walk-on ice fishing begins around December 15th to Christmas time. The ice is usually thick enough to drive onto by January. Drive-on typically ends around March 1st, with walk-on ending a few weeks later. It all depends on the weather… the last three winters have been mild.

What kind of fish are available in Lake Villard during Ice Fishing Season?

Same as during the summer: bass, crappies, northerns, sunfish, perch, walleyes

What sort of fish cleaning facilities do you offer?

Our new Fish Surgery House has two cleaning bays with sprayers. We keep it very clean and ensure the fish waste is composted.

In the winter, we relocate our Fish Surgery House to the Lodge so that our guests have a warm, properly-lit, and well-sanitized facility to take care of their winter cleaning.

Do you rent the paddleboat, paddleboards, canoe and life jackets?

These water amenities are free for the enjoyment of our resort guests!

Do you sell fishing licenses at your lodge?

Fishing licenses are available through the DNR website at

General Questions

How long does it take to get to Canary Beach Resort from Minneapolis?

It will normally take you about 2 hours from the center of the Twin Cities. If you are travelling on a Friday, it might take you a bit longer due to traffic — Minnesotans love to go “up to the lake” on weekends.

What temperatures should I expect?

Canary Beach Resort is open all year long, so conditions vary dramatically by season. Summer highs are in the low nineties and winter lows can reach 30 below. Lake Villard typically freezes over in early December and the average ice-out is late April. Lake temperatures are perfect for swimming from mid-May through late August.

News & Specials

We still have some availability during our most popular vacation dates, but our cabins do book quickly!

Click the “Check Availability” button below to find your preferred accommodations and dates. 

Call us at 320-554-2471 to make your reservations today!

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