It is one of the west-side entry points to Whiteshell Provincial Park.
The community of Pinawa was established in 1901 to support the operation of an early hydroelectric generating station but was abandoned in 1951 when the site was shut down.
Pinawa was re-established about 10 km from the original settlement in 1963 when Atomic Energy of Canada Limited built the Whiteshell Laboratories nuclear research facility in the area. Pinawa was developed as a planned community which preserved many of the natural features of the site and designated all riverfront property as public reserve.
Pinawa is about 1½ hour's drive east on Winnipeg on Highway 59 and 44, then on Provincial Road 211.
- The Eastern Manitoba Concert Association (EMCA) concerts are held in the community center's gymnasium in the secondary school building once a month between October and April.
- Pinawa Art Gallery, 24 Aberdeen Avenue, Unit 6.
- Pinawa’s Suspension Bridge. Off the Alice Chambers Trail, it is 54 metres long and 1 metre wide. It crosses the Pinawa Channel north of the Pinawa Cemetery, and is part of a loop for interpretive walks, fishing, and cross-country skiing. The Pinawa Channel Heritage Walk on the north side of the channel is accessed either by the suspension bridge or the diversion dam at the end of PR 211.
- Pinawa is beside the Winnipeg River, which offers access to boating, kayaking, canoeing, and other water recreational activities.
- It has an 18-hole golf course, beach, outdoor pool, tennis courts, a curling rink, a hockey arena and many kilometres of cross-country ski trails.
- The Trans Canada Trail runs through the town of Pinawa along the Riverside.
- Pinawa is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, bears, owls, and other species.
- Pinawa Beach is at the northern end of Whiteshell Provincial Park along the Winnipeg River and is equipped with a play structure, picnic shelter, volleyball court, and diving dock. A lifeguard is on duty July 1-Aug 31, from 1-5PM.
- Old Pinawa Dam Heritage Park, 8 km north of Pinawa on the way to Lac du Bonnet on Provincial Road 520. Concrete ruins of a former hydroelectric dam resemble an ancient Roman coliseum. After the site ceased generating power in 1951, the dam was used for artillery practice.
- Karen’s Market and Quilt Shop, in the W. B. Lewis Business Centre, 24 Aberdeen Avenue, ☎ . M-Th 10AM-5PM, F Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 10AM-2PM. Offers apparel, sportswear, gifts, and locally produced artworks.
- Pinawa Golf Club, ☎ . Tu 11AM-7PM, W Th 10AM-7PM, F Sa 9AM-8PM, Su 9AM-7PM.
- Wilderness Edge buffet restaurant
- New Adventure Deli & Catering, S20 – 24 Aberdeen, ☎ .
- Burger Boat, Willis Drive at Vanier, ☎ . Only available in summer, judge for yourself whether it should be awarded a Michelin star.
- Daily Restaurant, inside of the Solo Market
- Pinawa Motel, 2 Vanier Avenue, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 rooms, one suite, all with Wireless Internet, 32" flatscreen TV, microwave, fridge, coffee pot. Room $95, suite $120.
- Deer Ridge Cabins, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Two bedrooms with Queen-sized beds, acfull size pull-out sofa bed, DVD, VCR ,32"TV, 42 channels, gas fireplace, air conditioning, 6-person hot tub, canoe, life jackets & paddles.
- Wilderness Edge Retreat and Conference Centre, 32 Burrows Road, ☎ . 115 rooms. The Retreat Centre is an adaption of astaff house built in 1963 for Atomic Energy of Canada scientists. It maintains this distinctive and time-sensitive historical mood. Doubles from $80, suites $95-130, breakfast $7, lunch buffet $10, supper $15.