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Festivals

I am the Interlake- a land of unique heritage and cultures.

 We proudly share our rich ethnic history at our festivals that showcase some of my founding cultures in the region. Come & join us to relax and enjoy these wonderful events and share our pride as you visit our Inland Oceans, Infinite Possibilities!

Gimli Film Fest - Celebrating 16 years of Film Festivals in the Interlake. Bring your lawn chair, find a piece of sand, or visit one of the other two viewing sites to see the newest in films in Canada at this annual July event. For 5 days each July you can visit Gimli and see first run films, see new Canadian film makers treasures and enjoy the great outdoors each evening as you view a film on a giant screen placed in the water at the edge of Lake Winnipeg. Showcasing over 80 films & shorts this is your choice for summer entertainment. 

Gimli Ice Festival - in it's 4th year this festival gets you out in the Gimli Harbour and onto Lake Winnipeg to embrace and celebrate winter in Manitoba. Along with Mascot "Cooley" ,their friendly Polar Bear, embrace the events you can take part in or be an active spectator in. From the Frozen Fish toss, to the Mini Ice Sculpting, Hole in One golf on the ice, and much more.  Be thrilled with the excitement of the races as cars tear around an ice track on the lake. Be sure to watch the Mini sled races for kids ages 4-14... wow - it's going to be another fun year. 

Shake off an the winter doldrums &  Cabin Fever - get out to Gimli first weekend of March for a weekend full of fun and excitement for all ages. 

Gimli Model Fest - Celebrating Canada's Centennial of Flight: 1909-2009. Take to the air with other remote control model airplane hobbiest or come just to watch in amazement as they zip and glide thru the air. This multi day event showcases radio controlled [R/C] jet, classic, sport and scale model R/C airplanes. While some of the planes are rare others are special to their owners. Friday & Saturday are fun days to practice and visit with the special Air Show on Sunday afternoon. 

The air show features jets with miniature turbine jet engines, warbirds, aerobatics, R/C combat, kid's candy drop and much much more in the 3 hours of non stop R/C entertainment.

 Icelandic Festival of Manitoba - Celebrating Icelandic Culture & Heritage for the past 126 years.

Islendingadagurinn” The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba brings together the people from Manitoba and around the world to celebrate with food, song, writings, a Viking encampment & displays of Icelandic artifacts. Visit Thingvellir Nyja Island to live the history of the area.

Sand castle contests, Fris-Nok Tournament, Islendingadunk, adult dance on Saturday evening or aparade on Monday,music on the Rooftop- all these offerings providing something for all ages and all tastes. Stroll the waterfront, shop with local merchants or visit one of the three (3) locations of the New Icelandic Heritage Museum. It is not a problem to stay busy and enjoy a fun filled long weekend with family or friends.

This celebration of Icelandic life takes place in Gimli for four (4) days during the August long weekend,start on Friday, relax and enjoy activities through to Monday. Come along and celebrate with your Icelandic friends, immerse yourself in the culture- explore this little piece of the former New Iceland this year.

 Manitoba Highland Gathering

Many of the early Red River settlers in the Lower Fort Garry, St. Andrews& Selkirk area were of Scottish Ancestry, some coming as employees of the Hudson Bay Company & many as soldiers and settlers looking for a better life in a new country.

Experience the proud heritage ofthe Scottish clans as they meet at the Manitoba Highland Gathering in East Selkirk in Legacy Park at the end of June for their 49th annual gathering.

With a wail of the bagpipes from the Pipe Bands, the twirling of a kilt at the Highland Dance competition the air is alive with the sights and sounds of the Scottish heritage for this one day event. Take in events such as the Caber toss in the Heavy Games, Wee Heavy games for the little ones, Manitoba Marathon Canoe & Kayak Championships, Sheep shearing, Sheep Dog Demo, exhibits of Highland Cattle or stroll thru the Scottish market and while you are there check out all the clans ancestral lineage information. You just never know whom you may be related to.

With the downing of a “wee dram”this annual event is sure to make you feel “just a wee bit Scottish”. Come and experience the Centuries - Old Tradition of Colour, Pageantry & Good Times!

 An opportuntiy to celebrate a unique and intriguing community in the Interlake!

The Lockport Rivers Edge Run and the Lockport CATFISH Derby May to end of JUNE for up to $45,000 in prizes

 Embrace our Manitoba winter!

For an exciting fun filled weekend get yourself ready for the Wonderful Winter Weekend at Winnipeg Beach. This 49th annual Winter Festival weekend is the 3rd weekend of February.Features a huge mixed curling bonspiel, snowmobile radar runs, ice fishing derby, Chili Cookoff contest, Pancake Breakfast, Baking contest, hot chocolate by the fire, fireworks and more. Something to do for all ages.

 

Culinary

Love food... Culinary delights await you in the Interlake!  Are you searching for some different ways to enjoy some food experiences and see some of Manitoba at the same time? We have everything from fine dining to family dining experiences. 

 Some of the Interlake's different offerings ... & more to come soon!

A unique country dining experience awaits you at the Anderson's Hitch n' Post Ranch. Catering for parties, conventions and weddings for up to 600 guests. Special Wednesday luncheon buffets May to October. Dine & dance in this country museum.

Come summertime the Beach Sands Restaurant is a haven for ice cream lovers and those seeking fresh daily baking of cinnamon buns, tasty pies, cookies and more...including no sugar items as well. Stop by Spruce Sands RV Resort after the Long May weekend and enjoy a taste of heaven at their beach side restaurant. 

Broad Valley Catering- part of Country Harvest Inn brings fresh, tasty and delicious catered meals to where you need them. Book a stay and enjoy fresh baking for breakfast or book your catering needs now.

Having a special outdoor event during the summer or any celebration where you need part to full meal catering? Check out Danny's Whole Hog BBQ & Smokehouse with Danny's Own sauces and spices now available at his store. Order & pick up your own Whole Hog for a BBQ at the cottage for family & friends.

Eldhus Restaurant in the Arborg Hotel with dining inside and out on a patio. Delicious and tasty choices for meals( especially their battered Pickerel), friendly atmosphere, dine with family and friends here. Catering for larger groups available.

We all wait for Fridays so stopping by Fry-Days Restaurant & Lounge is just a natural fit on Fridays or anydays you are in the Teulon area. Fully refurbished in 2014 you will find the new atmosphere relaxing and refreshing along with some new menu items that have popped up along with your favorites. 

You're in the Lockport area, looking for food, the choices are varied!. Wander into Gaffers Restaurant & Lounge for everything from Casual Fine Dining to a plate of appetizers & a drink. Choices of dining room, Roof Top Patio, Lounge or Garden Terrace. Catering space for up to 300. 

Celebrating their 75th Anniversary in 2013,this iconic restaurant is located on old Henderson Rd in Lockport. Since it first opened in 1938, the Half Moon Drive In has become a favourite Manitoba destination. A family drive along the Red River and a deluxe hot dog have become a tradition. With an atmosphere of the 50's & 60's you will reconnect with that era.

New on the Interlake scene is Healthy Chef in the Eriksdale Inn, located in Eriksdale on Hwy #6. Healthy Chef is a casual-dining restaurant located in the Manitoba Interlake. It is an integral part of the Eriksdale Inn, serving local guests and travelers from Quebec to British Columbia. Chef Syam offers healthy fusion tastes alongside classic deep-fried goodies and burgers.

Travel to Integrity Foods just north of Riverton for a taste treat that is worth the trip. An organic bakery on the farm brings you a taste experience unique to the area. An outdoor wood fired brick oven produces some of their finest offerings including mouth watering pizzas with your choice of toppings, made using the ancient grain “Spelt” ground on site. 

Mango's Restaurant at South Beach Casino & Resort offers daily International Buffet with Thursday's Seafood Feast & Sundays Prime Rib Feast buffets. Wonderful spot to stop on the way to or from the East Beaches of Lake Winnipeg or come and stay and play for awhile so you may enjoy the many options for your dining experience.

Tasty tidbits or hearty soups, fresh pastries to delicious pots of fragrant tea are offered at the McLeod Tea House & Gift Shop on Main Street in Stonewall, Mb. Located in a heritage home the Tea House is open from mid February thru to beginning of January. Dining room seating & closed in veranda for warmer weather you can engage in an actual Tea Party atmosphere with special "High Tea" options. Be sure to wander through the upstairs gift shop filled with four rooms of clothing, purses, jewellery, giftware, gourmet food and garden decor.

Ricky's All Day Grill in Lockport is part of a 50 year history in the Canadian restaurant business. In your local neighbourhood to serve a medley of tasty selections in a comfortable, friendly environment that’s the perfect venue for catching up with friends and family, some one-on-one time with someone special, or larger groups. 

Overlooking the massive expanse of Lake Winnipeg, Seagulls Restaurant -Lakeview Resort Gimli  features fascinating combinations of fresh foods that are sure to engage your taste buds. Catering for events of all sizes, the award winning chef keeps coming up with new ideas and ways to engage your palate.

Joining the Interlake lineup of restaurants (many that are hidden gems) is the Seagulls Restaurant- Lakeview Hecla Resort. Tasty wood fired pizza, outdoor patio for hot days and warm evenings, catering available for banquets, weddings and more. Engage all your senses while dining here, great views, open concept restaurant.

Skinners Restaurant - With two locations in the Interlake, the founding location on River Rd in site of the Lockport Dam, and the second location on Hwy 44 on the west side of the bridge. Stop by for their famous Hot Dogs, check out the sports memrobilla at the River Rd. location. 

Cherry Wood Fired Pizzas or Hand made Brittany Crepes served with your choice of toppings. If either of these tasty items might tease your taste buds you can find them at the Whytewold Emporium with its ecclectic mix of food, Manitoba artists singing for their supper, silver jewellery, featured works of art and an on site greenhouse for fresh herbs.Open May to September with some extensions of service. 

UNLOCKED: Stories of the Interlake

UNLOCKED: Stories of the Interlake Traveling Trunk Exhibit journey for 2017...

Revealing the stories of fire and winter storms, of dreams, ship builders, medical missionaries and more!

The ten (10) trunks hold these pieces of our Interlake heritage...intriguing...surprising...heart rendering.

Explore the trunks then come to see more...

UNLOCKED can be seen in 2017 at these sites: 

  • Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg 
      • On Exhibit May 12th- May 26th, 2017 right side of the Grand Staircase
    • St. Andrews Rectory HS- 394 River Rd. St. Andrews
      • Portion of Exhibit only July 24th - August 31st, 2017                                                                                                           
    • Travel Mb Visitor Centre- The Forks -Winnipeg
      • August 21st- September 30th, 2017
      • Five trunks for 3 weeks
      • Second 5 trunks exchanged September 11th, 2017
    • Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Ave., Winnipeg
      • January 2018 to October 8th, 2018

Come discover, plan your trips to delve into the past of the land between the lakes...

Watch for updates on where else the UNLOCKED will be this Fall...

 

Winner of the 2014 Award of Distinction from the Association of Manitoba Museums 

Winner of the 2015 Interlake Tourism Association Partnership Award

Finalist at the 2015 Travel Mb. Partnership Award 

 

VISIT the Member Museums this year: 

Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village - East side of Arborg on Hwy 68

Ashern Pioneer Museum- South entrance to Ashern on Hwy 6

Eriksdale Creamery Museum - Railway Ave. in Eriksdale - just off Hwy 6 & Hwy 68

Marine Museum of Manitoba- Selkirk Park, Selkirk 

New Iceland Heritage Museum- Waterfront Tower, 1st Ave, Gimli 

Oak Hammock Marsh- north of Hwy 67 between Hwy 7 & 8

St Andrews Rectory Heritage Site- 394 Rivers Rd., St. Andrews 

Stonewall Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre- Quarry Park, Stonewall 

Teulon & District Museum- Green Acres Park, south end of Teulon off Hwy 7

Woodlands Pioneer Museum- South end of Woodlands, Hwy 6

Boating

Water and the Interlake are tied historically since the water provided a route for the early settlers, fur traders & the fishing industry. Lake Winnipeg, as the largest fresh water lake in Southern Canada & 10th largest in the world is highlighted by its many sandy beaches at the south end and rocky, rugged shorelines along the Hecla / Grindstone area. 

Experience life on these prairie waterways as you sail out of a marina along the shoreline of Lake Winnipeg & reflect on a sunset across the vast expanse of water to relax at the end of long day. The yacht club in Gimli is enjoyed by many avid sailors, especially on Wednesday evening sails from mid June to mid August.

Take a quiet paddle in a canoe or kayak on one of the tiny lakes or rivers found in the northern part of the region. Perhaps a pontoon boat ride with room for family and friends to enjoy a cruise along Lake Manitoba suits your lifestyle better or take a smaller boat out for a fishing trip on one of our many lakes. Pontoon cruises are available from some of the lodges along the shoreline.

From sailing to catamarans, pontoon to a fishing boat there is always a way to enjoy the abundance of experiences you can find here. Boat docks and launching areas are found throughout the region on both Lake Winnipeg & Lake Manitoba and the Red River. Check out the Interlake map on the website for sites of boat launches.

Fairs

"Ride’m Cowboy” brings the west alive at numerous traditional and ranch rodeos around the Interlake. Fisherton, Ashern, Eriksdale and Selkirk all host these events

 

Check out the events calendar for dates.

Special chills and thrills await you at the Eriksdale “Boyz & Bullz” Bull O Rama in October.

Agricultural fairs, the mainstay of the prairie fall gatherings still hold a place in rural Manitoba. For some down home country charm and good times check out the Lundar or Teulon & District fairs or the Teulon Pumpkin Fest.

For a real change, bring your lawn chair and pull up a seat at the Gimli film fest where you sit on the beach and watch the films on a screen in the lake.

How about a Pickerel Fest, a mini folklorama, a Salsa Beach Party, Car Show or an Elvis Festival to name just a few more sights and sounds to engage you in summer fun and frolic.

With all this to do and see in the Interlake you may not have time to work only time to play this year so join us in some fun and games in the land between the Inland Oceans with its’ Infinite Possibilities!

Geocaching

Let's go on a Treasure Hunt!
Geocache the Interlake using a hand held GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) unit that uses longitude & latitude coordinates as a method of exploring new places, sharing new experiences and seeking the "Treasures" with family and friends.

Unique and interesting places and opportunities await you 
Share these "finds" with the world as you log into the world wide Geocaching network to score another find. Perhaps you will be fortunate to find a Travel Bug and assist it on its way to its final destination. 

Caches can be hidden anywhere, from an easy find by a sign or close to a museum to a very difficult cache that requires a long hike to find the location. Geocaching is a wonderful experience to get your family and friends into the outdoors, see some new places and meet some great people. 

 

Watch this site for some intriguing new caches here in the Interlake

Or log into www.geocaching.com or mbgeocaching.ca to see what you can find.

So get your GPS unit, your explorers hat on and get set to have some fun!

 

The third edition of the Interlake Tourism GEOCOIN have arrived.

See the photo gallery for a view of this beautiful coin. This 2012- 2013 edition celebrates our 20th Anniversary, featuring the Hecla lighthouses on Lake Winnipeg's shore, the Narrows of Lake Manitoba area, catfish, birds, moose and the wetlands of the Interlake. With Oak Hammock Marsh celebrating their 20th Anniversary in 2013 the coin celebrates their unique contribution to eco-tourism in the Interlake. 

 

Reserve your Geocoin now to ensure you get one

Our geocoins from 2008 & 2010 are still travelling around the world for you to find. 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

Unique Statues

Satisfy your curiosity & snap a favourite photo as you traverse the Interlake this year seeking the numerous Unique Statues in our region. These statues come in all shapes & sizes with the belief that bigger must be best.

The reasons behind the building of some of these statues may surprise you. 

 

Seek out and find these Unique Statues in our Interlake Tourism Association member municipalities

(stories coming soon)

Canada Goose at Lundar

Chuck the Channel Catfish at Selkirk Inn & Conference Centre

Mallard Duck at Petersfield 

Meleb-Park-Cumming Mushroom

Riverton Moose

Sharptail Grouse at Ashern

S-sam & S-sara Garter Snakes at Inwood

Viking Statue at Gimli

“Whispering Giant” at Winnipeg Beach 

Whitetail Buck at Poplarfield

 

Snowmobiling

With a series of well-groomed trails connecting communities from north to south & east to west the Interlake is a haven for the snowmobiling enthusiast. Varied scenery, good trails, warm up shelters, food, fuel and more available among our communities.

Plan a weekend with sledding friends, take your rest at one of the many resorts,hotels & B & B’s that offer relaxing accommodations, good food and a welcoming atmosphere at the end of a wonderful day on the trails.

 

Check out the following member businesses and how they can meet your needs when you visit the Interlake for a ride.


Arborg Hotel ( Arborg)

Country Harvest Inn ( Broad Valley)

Evergreen Gate B & B (Selkirk area)

Fidler House B & B (East Selkirk area)

Harlequin House B & B (Selkirk Area)

Lakeview Gimli Resort & Conference Centre (Gimli)

Lakeview Hecla Resort ( Hecla Provincial Park)

Riverton Motor Inn (Riverton)

Rubber Ducky Resort & Campground (Warren)

South Beach Casino & Resort (on way to Grand Beach)

The Viking Inn ( Gimli)

 

For Information on the INTERLAKE's great snowmobiling clubs & trails check these clubs out at:

Interlake Snoman Clubs

Ashern Snowmobile Club - Ashern area

Hecla Provincial Park - Hecla Provincial Park (Shelters)

Interlake Snow Trackers - Winnipeg Beach, Arborg, Gimli, Riverton, Hecla, Petersfield

Inwood Snowmobile Club - Inwood, Oak Point, St. Laurent, Fraserwood

Lakeside Sno-Drifters - Faulkner, Steep Rock

Log Cabin Riders - Moosehorn

Northern Trail Blazers Inc. - Fisher Branch, Popularfield, Broad Valley, Chatfield, Hodgson

South Interlake SnowRiders Inc - Stony Mountain, Stonewall, Balmoral, Argyle

 

St. Martin Power Toboggan Club Inc - St. Martin , Gypsumville area

This is the Interlake's connection to the provincial Snoman organization.

Manitoba's Interlake - A Place for All Seasons!

 

 

Trails

Interlake Pioneer Trail - South Interlake ATV Club manages the portion from:

Highway 67 north to Fisher Branch [one detour around Argyle] from April 1st to October 31st. 

Snoman manages the entire Interlake Pioneer Trail from November 1st to March 31st 

 

Stories coming soon...

Sugar Point

Faith Trail 

Trans Canada Trail

Red River 

River Road

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Latest Events

Fri Aug 18, 2017 @ 9:00AM - 12:00AM
Stonewall Quarry Days
Fri Aug 18, 2017 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Sailing School - Gimli Yacht Club
Fri Aug 18, 2017 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
Gimli R/C Model Fest
Fri Aug 18, 2017 @10:00AM - 12:00AM
13th Annual Eriksdale Creamery Days Fair & Rodeo
Fri Aug 18, 2017 @10:00AM - 12:00AM
Our Feather Friends - Nature Presentation
Fri Aug 18, 2017 @11:00AM - 04:00PM
Pat Johnson & Melanie Exhibit

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