New Iceland Heritage Museum
Discover the tales of this unique chapter in Canada’s history at the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli. The story of New Iceland, a tract of land outside of the boundaries of the then “postage stamp”province of Manitoba, is featured here. New Iceland had its own constitution for a period of 12 years before officially becoming a part of Canada. A ten minute film and dynamic exhibits bring this story to life. Discover your own inner Viking connection with early Viking settlers costumes to try on. In the Stephan J. Stephanson Gallery, traveling exhibits portray a variety of themes. Walk along the shoreline of Lake Winnipeg, see Gimli’s towering Viking statue and park with homes for the “Huldafolk”, to a buried York boat in a hill. Continue your walk through Gimli’s harbour where a thriving local fishing industry and recreational boating co-exist to the museum’s second location; The Lake Winnipeg Visitor Centre – nestled beside the harbour, where the natural history of Lake Winnipeg and the fishing industry are depicted through exhibits that include a 500-gallon fish tank and a 1940s whitefish boat.
Location/Directions: 94-1st Ave, Gimli
GPS Coordinates: GPS-N37.37.853 W096 59.171