Rural Municipality of Bifrost
Bifrost is a rural municipality located in the Interlake Region of Manitoba, Canada. The municipality lies on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg and has a population of about 2,750 people. Its name comes from a Scandinavian word from Norse mythology meaning rainbow bridge connecting Asgard and Midgard(Earth).
The Rural Municipality of Bifrost is located in Manitoba’s Interlake region, and includes small communities of Morweena, Vidir and Hnausa. The independently governed Town of Arborg and the Village of Riverton lie within the boundaries of the rural municipality 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.
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