The western shore of Lake Winnipeg
came to be known as New Iceland after
Icelandic immigrants settled there in
1875. Today, New Iceland is one of the
most popular recreational areas on the
Interlake Tourism is an easily accessible
source of information about the New
Iceland area for tourists and locals alike.
The Interlake Spectator is the voice of
Manitoba's Interlake communities, offering
local news coverage, insightful commentary
and the occasional barbed attack!
Arnes is the birthplace of the noteworthy
Arctic explorer and ethnologist, Vilhjalmur
Stefansson. There is a monument to his
memory in the Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Memorial Park, south of the hamlet of Arnes
on Provincial Road 222.
Spruce Sands Resort is a popular trailer
park operated by the Hammond family.
Close to the beach, Spruce Sands sports a
convenience store, bakery and restaurant.
It's right down the street from Huldukot!
Camp Morton Provincial Park is a lovely
natural refuge between Gimli and Arnes. It
features picturesque hiking trails and has
cabins and camping facilities for those who
can't bear to go home.
The Rural Municipality of Gimli is the local
government covering much of the area of
historic New Iceland. The municipality's
website is full of useful information and
community web links.
Gimli Unitarian Church is an independent
liberal congregation, which has served the
Gimli community since 1891. The church
meets primarily in the summer months,
drawing its congregation from local
residents, cottagers and visitors.
Íslendingadagurinn is the Icelandic
Festival of Manitoba, which is held in Gimli
each year on the August long weekend. It's
homecoming weekend for Icelanders and
just plain fun for everyone else!
The New Iceland Heritage Museum,
located in Gimli's Waterfront Centre, is
home to a carefully assembled collection of
artifacts from the time of the Icelanders'
first settlement in Manitoba to the present.
In addition to the core collection, the
museum also features seasonally-changing
Misty Lake Lodge is a conference centre
and hotel about 3 miles north of the town
of Gimli, along Provincial Road 222. It
features an excellent restaurant.
The Town of Arborg is a progressive
agricultural and administrative centre along
the Icelandic River at the junction of
Highways 7 and 68.
Arborg Unitarian Church is a congregation
serving the needs of religious liberals and
other spiritual seekers across the Interlake
Hnausa Unitarian Camp is a day camp
nestled in a lovely natural setting along the
western shore of Lake Winnipeg, just 28 km
north of Gimli and 16 km east of the Arborg.
Hnausa Beach Provincial Park is a
provincial campground next door to the
Unitarian day camp, with access to a lovely
The Icelandic Canadian Homepage
offers an excellent introduction to Icelandic
history and culture in this country.
Samkoma is the Icelandic meeting place in
cyberspace, containing more than 1450
links to Icelandic-related web sites. It is
truly a magnificent resource for those who
love Iceland and all things Icelandic.
Icelandica is a personal treasury of things
Icelandic, including history, culture,
people and photographs, maintained by
Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson.