The Village of Dunnottar is a small, quiet community of 763 permanent residents. Located on the southwest shore of Manitoba's largest lake, Lake Winnipeg, Dunnottar is approximately forty minutes north of Winnipeg. During the summer months, the population swells as cottagers from Winnipeg and surrounding areas arrive to enjoy the lakeside beaches and outdoor activities that Dunnottar has to offer. Dunnottar was part of the Municipality of St. Andrews until 1947. Local residents spearheaded the drive to incorporate Dunnottar as a village, and eventually suceeded. Today, the village consists of an amalgamation of the Beaches of Matlock, Whytewold, and Ponemah. Since the turn of the century, Dunnottar has been a vacation spot, with beach lovers arriving by train up until the late 1950's.The economic base of Dunnottar consists mainly of retail shops and services, which support local cottages and the summer tourist rush. Lake Winnipeg is known for its commercial fishery, with many residents making a living from the summer harvests. The Interlake area of Manitoba to the west of the Village of Dunnottar consists of some agricultural areas and livestock producers.