Rural Municipality of Bifrost
The Rural Municipality of Bifrost is a former rural municipality (RM) in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was originally incorporated as a rural municipality on December 1, 1907. It ceased on January 1, 2015 as a result of its provincially mandated amalgamation with the Village of Riverton to form the Municipality of Bifrost – Riverton.
It was located in Manitoba's Interlake Region along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg. It had a population of about 2,750 people. Its name came from a Scandinavian word from Norse mythology meaning rainbow bridge connecting Asgard and Midgard(Earth).
The RM of Bifrost included the communities of Morweena, Vidir and Hnausa. The independently governed Town of Arborg and the former Village of Riverton lied within the boundaries of the RM of Bifrost. The RM also contains part of Manitoba's Moose Creek Provincial Forest.
In 1875, the Canadian Government set aside a portion of land on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, which was called New Iceland and was inhabited by over 1200 Icelandic settlers. This area was considered the R.M. of Gimli, but it was decided that the municipality be split up, because of the poor condition of the roads that made travel too difficult to get to the government offices. In 1907, the R.M. of Gimli was split up and the northwestern part became known as Bifrost, and then the R.M. of Bifrost in 1908. Bifrost is a Scandinavian word that means “rainbow bridge connecting heaven and earth”. The municipal offices for Bifrost were set up in Hnausa, but in 1916 the offices moved to the Town of Arborg.
In Popular Culture
In the 2014 film Tusk the protagonist travels to Bifrost to interview a man for his podcast.
- "Manitoba’s Municipal History: Rural Municipalities and Local Government Districts". The Manitoba Historical Society. September 21, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- "Manitoba’s Municipal History: Municipal Amalgamations (2015)". The Manitoba Historical Society. December 1, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
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