As you walk along the Gimli shoreline, it’s hard to tell whether you’re in the prairies or walking along the ocean coastline. Lake Winnipeg stretches 30 kilometers into the distance and on a hot summer day, the beach is crowded with thousands of visitors, and cottagers who call Gimli their summer home.
So much more than just a beach town, Gimli is known for being founded by Icelandic settlers in 1875. Each year on the August long weekend Gimli is packed with people who come for the Islendingadagurinn - the annual Icelandic Festival. You can take in live music, participate in different cultural activities, and watch the largest parade in rural Manitoba travel down Centre street.
Vikings aren’t your thing? Every July, the annual Gimli Film Festival offers free on-the-beach screenings for families and film lovers alike to watch fiction feature films, documentaries and short films made in Manitoba and all around the world.
Just beyond the boardwalk is 1 Avenue lined with a mix of locally-owned shops and restaurants. Brennivins Pizza Hus is always a full house, and the eclectic mix of treasures you can find at H.P. Tergesen & Sons general store - family-owned and operated since 1899 - is a must visit. Take a stroll to the end of 1 Avenue and you'll find the Gimli Yacht Club, official venue for the 2017 Canada Summer Games sailing competition.