Gimli, Manitoba, is a town on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Since it’s also less than an hour’s drive to Manitoba’s capital, and largest city, Winnipeg, it’s no wonder Gimli’s sandy beaches are often filled with people!
But there’s a lot more to Gimli than beach property.
I half expected to see a knörr, or Icelandic ship, appear on the horizon of Lake Winnipeg’s windswept shore–indeed it seemed the Viking statue might step off it’s platform and takes its rightful place at the ship’s helm. Indeed, Gimli was named for the home of the Gods in Norse mythology,
The first settlers in Gimli arrived in October of 1875. While the 250 Icelanders had planned to settle further north, the onset of winter forced a change of plans. They were joined the following year by an additional 1500 people, making the area around Gimli the largest Icelandic settlement outside of of Iceland.
A landmark in Gimli, the 15 foot (4.6 m) high Viking statue is the creation of artist, George Barone, in 1967.
Now, let’s take a look around this vibrant community!
Gimli celebrates its cultural beginnings year-round, but even more so during the summer at a Viking Age Re-enactment. Here’s a video about the event!
For more information about Gimli, visit:
- Story of Gimli – http://www.gimlicommunityweb.com/history/history.php
- Walking Tour of Gimli – http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/features/walkingtours/gimli/index.shtml
- In Gimli, stay at the Autumnwood Motel: http://guide2travel.ca/2012/08/autumnwood-motel-gimli-mb-hotel-review/
- Map directions from Winnipeg to Gimli: