Gimli, Manitoba, Canada is a beach community located on the western shores of Lake Winnipeg in the Interlake region of Manitoba Canada. Lake Winnipeg is the 10th largest fresh water lake in the world.
Before the village was Gimli it was known as New Iceland - named after a group of Icelandic pioneers who first settled in the region during the early 1870s. Gimli was once home to the largest Icelandic settlement not based in Iceland.
According to Viking mythology Gimli means, " Home of the Gods". Gimli was and still is New Iceland country to many. Other communities in the New Iceland region include Arnes, Spruce Sands, Glen Bay, Sandy Hook & Camp Morton Provincial Park.
The main industries in Gimli are tourism, fishing and industrial. The tourism highlights of Gimli are the year round lake activities and the many white sandy beaches - Pelican Beach, Loni Beach, South Beach and Moonlight Bay.
The Gimli waterfront is the centre of attention. It is decorated with kilometres of white sandy beaches complimented by a seawall, painted murals, park, museum, sightseeing benches, marina, yacht club and Canada’s largest inland commercial fishery... and, even, a 15 foot Viking statue celebrating Viking history.
Shopping and more history is located in the buildings of the village. In town, there are some historic buildings like the 1915 Gimli Public School and the 1898 HP Tergesen & Sons Store. Many of the modern day services and shops are located on the waterfront and on 2nd and Centre Street.
The services important to travelers available in Gimli. Manitoba include accommodations, restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, campground, laundromat, gift boutiques, internet, coffee house, bank, art galleries, attractions, pub, live theatre, guides and an airport with a 6400 concrete runway.
The Gimli (New Iceland) region enjoys a good selection of parks, playgrounds and sandy beaches like Gimli Spray Park, Sandy Hook, Centennial Park, Harbour Park, Camp Morton Provincial Park, Hnausa Beach Provincial Park and the Gimli Beaches.
The lake and beach provide the backdrop for many of the year round activities enjoyed in the Gimli region.
During the sunshine months the more popular activities and adventures in the region include swimming, fishing, boating, sunbathing, picnicking, golfing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, biking, horseback riding and wind surfing.
After the snow falls, temperatures drop and the lakes and rivers freeze over a new group of adventures comes out to play. In the winter months ice fishing, snowmobiling and xc skiing are preferred activities. There are many kilometres of xc ski and hiking trials in Camp Morton Provincial Park nearby.
There are snowmobile trails in Gimli connecting to the rest of the region. Located along the routes are gas stations, warming shelters, accommodations, pit toilets, washrooms and staging areas.