Gimli, Manitoba

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Gimli, Manitoba is a community located in the Rural Municipality of Gimli and situated on the west side of Lake Winnipeg. Originally incorporated as a village on March 6, 1908, Gimli held town status between December 31, 1946 and January 1, 2003.[1]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1981 1,688 —    
1986 1,681 −0.4%
1996 1,574 −6.4%
2001 1,657 +5.3%
2006 1,896 +14.4%
2011 1,916 +1.1%

Gimli was settled first by Canadian Icelanders and later by Icelandic immigrants.[2] The region, which became known as New Iceland, has preserved Icelandic culture and language within Canada, and since 1874 Gimli has celebrated this heritage with the Icelandic Festival, which hosts several thousand tourists for three days each year during August long weekend. This showcases artworks in downtown Gimli, from jewellery to paintings, and also traditional Icelandic dishes. Artwork by local painters, which often depicts the local landscape, has been displayed at the art museum as well along the pier wall that extends from downtown Gimli into the lake.

Gimli also holds a five-day summer film festival, during which films are shown on a screen in the lake to audiences on the beach.

Gimli is also a tourist destination for its 42 miles of lakeshore; it is a popular fishing destination in summer.

In 1983, the Gimli Industrial Park Airport became famous when an Air Canada Boeing 767 ran out of fuel over southern Manitoba and successfully glided to a landing at Gimli Motorsport Park. The aircraft in that incident became known as the Gimli Glider.

Gimli with Lake Winnipeg in the foreground


  1. ^ "Manitoba Municipalities: Gimli". The Manitoba Historical Society. October 23, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "An Experiment in Immigrant Colonization: Canada and the Icelandic Reserve, 1875-1897 by Ryan Christopher Eyford (map page 4)". Retrieved 2014-05-28. 

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Coordinates: 50°38′01″N 96°59′24″W / 50.63361°N 96.99000°W / 50.63361; -96.99000