The 5-Star Reviews Speak for Themselves!

Most of our guests won’t stay with us just once… they keep coming back to Canary Beach Resort again and again!

Nobody says it better than those who have experienced our family-style Minnesota lakeside vacations for themselves. These testimonials offer just a glimpse of why so many choose to make getaways at the Canary Beach Resort a cherished family tradition.

But don’t just take our word for it… keep reading!

“A wonderful place for a getaway!

“My daughter has been raving about this place since she stayed there with her golf team last year when they played in Alexandria. She was there this week with her team and I had a last minute opportunity to go and watch a couple of days. Despite a two-night minimum, I called to see if I might be able to stay for just one night. Christine was so accommodating! They gave me a one night reservation at a very fair price. I didn’t need the amenities of a cabin and resort, but I really wanted to stay where my daughter’s team was staying. I’m so glad I stayed there. The cabin was new and well-equipped. The lake and beach are beautiful. It was be a wonderful place for a getaway!”

Jae Cornwell

“Restful, relaxing lakeside resort”

“Year-round resorts in the Alexandria area are somewhat limited, but if you are looking for a great getaway for rest and relaxation lakeside, the Canary Beach Resort is a wonderful option. I was amazed by the amenities of the cabin (fireplace, great kitchen with lots of plug-ins and necessities provided) and pleased by the cleanliness. Such a beautiful cabin with great views of the lake not far from the patio doors. There was even a hayride offered for guests! The resort also has an event center and caters to retreats, such as scrapbooking.”

Trip Advisor Review (drivingfool44)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

“Destination Wedding”

“Our daughter’s wedding here at Canary Beach was just what she and her fiance wanted – fun, informal, close to nature, with comfortable accommodations. Our group of 35 family members enjoyed the park, the beach, fishing off the docks, and spending time with each other. The outdoor lakeside ceremony was beautiful. Resort staff were friendly and helpful. We made great memories.

Trip Advisor Review (Nan B)

“Great Resort”

“This is the 2nd year we have stayed here. The accommodations are very clean and well maintained. Everything almost looks new. The owners are extremely accommodating and friendly. The views of the lake are wonderful from many different windows. Our cabin had one bedroom and bath downstairs and another bedroom and bath upstairs which was very nice not having to share a bathroom. There is no WiFi in the cabins but there is WiFi available in the Lodge. The price is very reasonable for all the amenities they provide and we have already booked for next year.”

Trip Advisor Review (202kate1086)

Chamberlain, South Dakota

“Beautiful, Well-Maintained, Family Oriented Resort”

“A variety of fun amenities available. Family friendly and inviting atmosphere. Very clean and well maintained resort. The hands on resort owners always make themselves available and are easy to visit with.”

Jennifer B.

Granite Falls, Minnesota

“A must try vacation spot!”

“We have been to Canary Beach Resort for family vacations and most recently scrapbooking destination for a girl’s weekend away. This was a good resort before, and even better after the new owners came and put so much energy and effort into making this a great spot to vacation. Plenty to do for all the family members, sits on a nice lake (with another lake connecting to it), close to the bike trails and the cabins are fabulous. Modern and new. They have put a lot of effort and thought into this place. We will be back again…and again.”

Susan B.


“Since I was about 4 or 5 years old I’ve been going to Canary Beach Resort and that is some 55 years now. You can really relax and Canary Beach Resort. Everyone should have a fun vacationing spot like this. I haven’t missed 1 year since the new owners took over which is about 12 years ago now. I love the lake front, the swimming area is fantastic and the cabins are plush. I have fished a lot over the years, caught a lot of big Sunnies and Northern Pike, but I really like swimming with the grandkids. I hope that I’m never too old for that 🙂 Every year more of the extended family join us here, like it and keep coming back. Oh what great memories and I keep adding to that memory bank every year. My nephew and his kids joined us this year and he brought his jet ski. We had a half a dozen kids going from wearing the life jacket to shedding the life jacket this year and that was really exciting when you got out on the slides and the the trampoline. I can’t say enough about the hospitality at Canary Beach because I look as much forward to seeing the Hosts as I do just being back at the Canary Beach. The previous owners and their extended family will always have a place in my heart as well. ‘Canary Beach Resort?’ Yes, I highly recommend!”

Evan Cordell K

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

“Awesome week at the lakes!”

“Canary beach is a really nice resort. It was well kept and was a great place for my family to relax for the week. They have a nice lodge with friendly workers. My kids had lots of fun playing at their beach. Overall, we had a great stay. Highly recommended!”

Trip Advisor Review (Fcologero)

Horace, North Dakota

“Great Family Vacation”

“My family stayed at this wonderful Resort on June 10th thru the 13th.It was such a great place to unwind and relax,The owners are awesome here as we really wanted for nothing. And the Cabin we stayed in (the Wren’s Den ) was super clean and beautiful. I highly recommend this place you want to decompress and relax.”

Dave H.

Ankeny, Iowa

“A great escape to the quiet!”

“My family took a vacation from the Twin Cities to Canary Beach Resort and from the moment we arrived we felt like family. The hosts are gracious, inviting, and very personable. We enjoyed the swimming, water toys, beach, shuffle board, and more. The fireplace in our cabin was a huge bonus, and the quarters were very inviting and clean. We will definitely be back!”

Alex F.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Hidden gem for snowmobiling”

“We were looking for somewhere close to stay and snowmobile from without going way up to northern MN. By some miracle I stumbled on Canary Resort just about 15 miles south of Alexandria just of highway 29. It was less than a 3 hour drive from home.

Christine extremely accommodating and helpful on the phone…even when we had to delay our trip by a week due to unforeseen issues. The facility is first class, very sharp, well laid out and the cabins are amazing! Clean, new, great beds, fully furnished, stocked with dishes and cookware…what you get for your dollar is the best value we have ever had for a cabin rental, and we have rented all over the country. The cabins have in floor heating, a fireplace, TVs, DVD player, excellent showers. The cabins are well designed to accommodate high traffic without tracking snow all over the place. Hard tile floors downstairs make clean ups a breeze. It is very peaceful, very quiet and a fantastic get away location…yet if you need something (and we did) Alexandria is less than 30 minutes away with all the amenities of a thriving community…but you will want to stay at the resort all the time if you can!

Straight forward, honest and down to earth are the type of hosts you will have with Christine and Scott. They take great pride in their resort and have every reason to do so. It is outstanding.

The resort is about 1000 yards off a very well groomed trail that will take your north or south and connects with the entire DATA trail system. You can literally sled off your back porch, across the lake and jump on the trail. The drive and parking areas are well plowed, with plenty of room to maneuver and turn around truck and trailer.

Even though we had some major issues with our sleds, this was a trip we will remember the rest of our lives. Great memories were made with our family, and I am so glad we found the Canary Resort for our snowmobiling weekend!”

Trip Advisor Review (T S)

Aurora, South Dakota

“Great Family Camping”

“We camped and went fishing nearly everyday. Quiet and clean campground with great service. During our stay our vehicle broke down and Scott (the manager) was more than willing to shuttle us around to the auto shop and boat landing to minimize the impact to our vacation. He even took his truck to lake Amelia to get our boat and bring it back to our camp site. That generocity helped make our possibly bad vacation great. Thanks Scott!!”

Nick B

Elko, Minnesota

“A MUST STAY PLACE- very kid friendly!! Yes, yes, yes”

“We arrived on June 26th From Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

We stopped in the lodge to check in where we were greeted by the owners Harold & Rosemarie Kraft and Scott & Christine Olschlager.

Canary Beach Resort is family owned and operated.

I guess that is why we were treated “like family.” That is what makes this resort so special!

Our families received the keys for the newly built Ravens Haven & Hawks Hideaway! These cabins are a duplexes. One family on one side & the other family on the other side.

These newly built cabins were right on the beach. They were CLEAN, COZY, and SPACIOUS, for large families or single family.

Full size kitchen, private bedroom with queen size bed and bathroom with single shower on the first floor. Second floor had a queen bed, 2 twins, a futon

(comfortable beds) and a full bathroom with a bath tub.

A locked door separates the duplexes, or you can keep it open like we did.

The patio lakeside is where all of us enjoyed our first cup of coffee of the day!

Talk about relaxing!

Canary Beach Resort is a Very, Very kid friendly resort!

I did not see my children (3 boys, ages 13, 10, 7) much between the swimming, fishing from the dock, candy and ice cream at the lodge, and their cousins.

They also had paddle boats, water slides, canoes, tether ball, little tykes play equipment, and a huge play set!

There were also pontoons, sail boats, and fishing boats for rent.

Then at 7:00pm every night they have hayrides. Nothing better than a hayride and a camp fire with s’mores!!

I would recommend Canary Beach Resort to everyone! We will definitely go back again! The ride from Pennsylvania to Minnesota was a bit long, but definitely worth the trip!!!

Scott & Rochelle Mohnke & Boys

Trip Advisor Review (mdgirl)

“Very nice upgrades to the resort”

“We stayed at the resort two years ago and it was nice, but now it is really nice. We stayed in the new Raven’s Haven cabin. It was by far the best cabin I have ever stayed in. It had flat screen TVs, DVD and Satellite. The beds were comfortable and the AC worked fine. The kids really loved all the swimming activities, and I really appreciated how the staff kept the sand on the beach clean of weeds and debris. I will defiantly come again.

My only gripe is that my cell phone service was sporadic (AT&T). Lucky they had Wi-Fi at the lodge.”

Room Tip: Defiantly spurge for the new cabins, they are real nice.

Trip Advisor Review (wingnut457)

Ripon, California

“Great resort and awesome management!!!!”

This is the 3rd time I have been at Canary Beach Resort and I never leave disappointed! They continue to make improvements to the resort and add new fun things for kids! This is the first time that I have been there in the winter and the lake is just as much fun frozen for the kids (and us adults!!)! We had a blast. We stayed in a new huge cabin with all of our family around 20 people and it was not too crowded and very comfortable. The beds were amazing and we all slept sound as can be. The management and staff are always pleasant to work with and very helpful. My husband even ripped his pants and the lovely gal who is always working and running around let me borrow her needle and thread to fix them up! We are already planning our next trip there in the summer!!

Trip Advisor Review (Dstan13)

Bismarck, North Dakota

News & Specials

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