Autumnwood Motel in Gimli, Manitoba.

Autumnwood Motel in Gimli, Manitoba.

The Autumnwood Motel in Gimli, Manitoba, turned out to be a great place to visit. Somehow I’d got the feeling that since it was partnered with an RV and Resort that the motel would be a little more rustic–it wasn’t.

Gimli, where the Autumnwood is situated, is a small resort town on Lake Winnipeg. As one might expect, tourism is one of the area’s major economic activities, so there are lots of things to see and do, both of the local variety and the more common chain type. While we missed its launch, there’s even a Tim Horton’s coming to town.

Situated right on the southern edge of town, The Autumnwood was very quiet, even though we hit Gimli the evening of the Manitoba Elvis Fest! Looking at the community’s calendar, however, convinced me that every summer weekend was packed with activities for visitors.

Viking statue in Gimli,Manitioba, celebrating the community's Icelandic heritage.

Viking statue in Gimli,Manitioba, celebrating the community’s Icelandic heritage.

One of the summer’s biggest events in Gimli is Manitoba’s Icelandic Festival, held annually. Thousands of people arrive in the small community to participate in numerous events, including such things as the Viking encampment, shot put competitions, and Viking warfare competitions and demonstrations on Harbour Hill.

The event is built around the community’s history, since it was settled in the 1870s by Icelandic settlers who named this area on the banks of Lake Winnipeg their New Iceland. They even had a form of self-government directly responsible to Ottawa until they adopted provincial municipal government in 1887.

Gimli is less than an hour’s drive from Manitoba’s capital, and largest city, Winnipeg, so it’s easy to see how it became such a popular weekend destination. I know I had a hard time finding a vacancy when I started phoning Gimli hotels on Thursday for a Saturday night room–Fridays were a little easier, but a vacancy did open up so I could stick to my original getaway plan.

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Gimli’s Autumnwood Hotel is a non-smoking, no pets allowed facility. The hotel entrance doors are locked at 10:00 p.m., but they can be opened by your room key.

The rooms were a comfortable spacious size and fully furnished with fridge, microwave and coffee machine. I was impressed with the beds and pillows–I always judge a hotel by its pillows and these ones were firm, but not lumpy, so made the grade with me.

Room at The Autumnwood Motel in Gimli, Manitoba

Room at The Autumnwood Motel in Gimli, Manitoba

It was hot during our visit, so we made great use of the air conditioning unit. It kept us cool and comfortable! Indeed, we found everything was great and felt the Autumnwood provided good value for the nightly rate we paid.

Contact the Autumnwood Motel:

The Autumnwood Motel is located at 19136 Gimli Park Road in Gimli, Manitoba.

Phone: (204) 642-8835.