Now that we’ve discovered how amazing our own backyard is, let’s plan the ultimate Gimli vacation! We’ve only skimmed the surface of discovering the Interlake region, let’s explore the hidden gems in Gimli we might not know about! Whether you live in or near Gimli or just want a break from the city, this small town, which was named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Most Charming Towns, is the perfect spot for a quick family getaway. Here’s a discovery guide to help make the most of your visit. Have a look! Gimli Webcam.
Where to Stay
There are some pretty fantastic places to choose from, but if your kids are in it to swim it, it’s not a holiday if there isn’t a pool. Lakeview Gimli Resort offers the perfect place to get away on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Offers indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, and a sauna, not to mention the beach just steps away! You can enjoy some peace and quiet (while the kids are in the pool) or head out to the town for an exciting adventure, this Icelandic town is full of history and incredible sites to see. This resort is packed with thoughtful features, wonderful amenities, and a small-town charm.
Have a seat and take in the incredible view of Lake Winnipeg on the patio of Seagulls Restaurant & Lounge. Enjoy fantastic food, excellent service, and a relaxing atmosphere. Choose from an extensive menu with a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and entrees, each of which has its own unique touch. Ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible, including the pickerel caught from Lake Winnipeg next door, for the freshest and most delicious experience the interlake region has to offer.
If you’re looking for a pub atmosphere, head over to The Pier Lounge just steps away from the Seagulls main restaurant area.
Meet, drink, socialize, and enjoy the game. With the harbour and beach at your fingertips, The Pier is Gimli’s best place to unwind and have a great time.
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Things to Do
Kids may want to stay in the pool or on the beach for the entirety of the vacation, but we assure you, that they will not regret exploring this town!
Ready to be Educated, Enlightened, and Entertained? Fantastic! That’s precisely the intent of the Gimli Glider Exhibit. An interactive, experiential discovery of the famous skilled landing that impacted training and operations throughout the industry.
The story is told in-depth with video and personal recollections of the 1983 event, accompanied by important artifacts. Offering a full-scale, mock-cockpit simulator provides an experience of an eight-mile approach to the runway piloting a disabled airliner. Official Gimli Glider Day each year is July 23rd. gimliglider.org
Discover the ultimate aquatic paradise at the Gimli Aquatic Centre, where aquatic enthusiasts of all ages dive into a world of fun and relaxation. Immerse yourself in our state-of-the-art swimming facilities, boasting sparkling pools perfect for laps, family play, and invigorating aqua fitness classes. Offering 175,000 gallons of aquatic fun for all ages! With a 5-lane main tank, water slides, lazy river, in-water spray features, and a spill-over kiddie pool, you are bound to have fun for hours! The main tank is 25 meters long with a gradual depth from 0.9 to 2.9 meters (3 to 10 feet deep!)
Enjoy the day in the water, including amenities such as a picnic area with tables, complementary lawn chairs, and a fully accessible beach entry and change rooms/showers. Dive in today!
H.P. Tergesen & Sons Store is the oldest operating store in Manitoba, managed by the fourth-generation Tergesen. The pressed tin exterior and interior plus the hardwood floors depict the era of its construction – 1898. Call: 204-642-5958 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (PHS)
The New Iceland Heritage Museum (NIHM) features exhibits at two sites in Gimli MB and greets visitors from around the world year-round, seven days a week, at its main multi-media location at #108 94-1st Avenue, Gimli in The Waterfront Centre. Learn more.
Open seasonally, the Lake Winnipeg Visitor Centre (LWVC) is located at Gimli Harbour on Centre Street. The LWVC pays tribute to the fishing industry and interprets the natural history of Lake Winnipeg. Learn more.
Drop by a see the new exhibit about the Lake Winnipeg Watershed and the changing Lake Winnipeg with a 30×7 foot-long mural by Heather Hinam, Second Nature, Creative Interpretation
Gimli International Film Festival (July 26-30)
The Gimli International Film Festival (GIFF) is Manitoba’s premier film festival and the largest rural film festival in all of Canada. Since 2001, GFF has welcomed thousands to the shores of Lake Winnipeg for its various film screenings of local, national, and international feature films, documentaries, short films, and experimental media; not to mention the festival’s premiere event – the Beach Screenings which take place every night of the five-day festival and have drawn people from all over the world to take in one of Manitoba’s most unique summer experiences. Learn more!
Icelandic Festival of Manitoba (Aug 4-7)
The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba “Islendingadagurinn” as far as we have been able to determine, is the second oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America. Only an Irish festival held annually in Montreal is a few years older. The first Icelandic festival in North America was held in Milwaukee in 1874. The first Icelandic festival in Manitoba was held in Winnipeg in 1890; was held there annually until 1931, and since 1932 has been held in Gimli.
For more information check: www.icelandicfestival.com
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