ITA honours the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba with the Interlake Award of Distinction


Nominees for Interlake Award of Distinction:
Icelandic Festival of Manitoba operated by a Volunteer Board of Director & one staff person
The oldest running festival in Manitoba & the second oldest one in Canada, the Icelandic Festival has grown to 4 days now each August long weekend. Celebrating the Icelandic culture & heritage of “New Iceland” with food, song, prose & Viking encampment & battles brings thousands of visitors home to Gimli & area for this annual event.
Sandcastle building contest for the kids [large or small]. Islendingadunk, Rock the Dock, Music on the Rooftop,Monday parade, Pancake breakfasts, beach volleyball, battles at the Viking encampments and so much more to entertain all ages.
Planning and organizing of this four day event is done by a staff person & Board of Volunteers with succession planning done to ensure the continuing of this festival for many more years to come.

Chad Olafson-Narrows West Lodge & Developments
Chad’s enthusiasm for introducing people to the Lake Manitoba Narrows area & to all the wonderful things you can enjoy there if you visit or choose to live in one of the new cottage lots that are being built. His belief in the area as a great tourism destination full of opportunities for people to enjoy, experiences out on the lake with fishing or boating, exploring the tiny islands dotted among the lake or taking in a day of sunshine on the beach at the Lodge.

Offering opportunities for business development at the Narrows is also part of Chad’s dreams, as more people come to the area, more services will be needed. He is starting a business park to ensure their is room for growth of this small community on the side of Lake Manitoba shores.

Gail Spencer Lamm – Tourism Coordinator for West Interlake Trading Company
Joining the West Interlake Trading Company [WITC] in the summer of 2009 Gail brought a great deal of enthusiasm and skill to the job along with a knack for making friends thru social media. Using numerous social media outlets such as Twitter, U-tube, Facebook and designing a website for the WITC Gail was able to raise the profile of this group that arranges interpretive tours, educational opportunities for schools, planning for events such as weddings, conventions and so much more.

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
This wetlands haven has long been one of Manitoba’s Star Attractions. Built to reclaim farmland and turn it back into wetlands for regrowth of the original habitat and a wildlife stopping area on the birds migration path. With extensive school programming, family orientated entertainment, monthly astronomy sessions, Aboriginal programming, bird watching, geocaching, canoeing, all season programming. The only day they are closed at Oak Hammock Marsh is Christmas Day so everyday is a good day to visit one of the Interlake’s premiere attractions.