Things to do in Gimli, Manitoba (Interlake Region), Canada – Travel Tips
Things to do in Manitoba’s Interlake region
(Attractions and things to do in the Interlake in Manitoba)
Tourism in Manitoba:
Manitoba is probably best known to tourists for its polar bears, whale watching, and northern lights in Churchill on Hudson Bay and the Canadian Museum For Human Rights at The Forks Market where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet in Winnipeg.
However, a big part of international tourism comes from hunters and fishermen that like to take advantage of Manitoba’s wild and beautiful lakes and forests. There are many hunting and fishing lodges and guides that cater to these mostly wealthy tourists, who even come in the dead of our famously cold Manitoba Winters for ice fishing.
Manitoba has over 100,000 freshwater lakes, including 3 of the top 33 biggest lakes in the world (according to Wikipedia), and surface water covers 16 percent of the province.
When I was growing up in Winnipeg, I often heard people say that almost everyone either had a cottage near a lake or had a close friend or relative that would let them use their cottage. Manitobans know how lucky we are, which explains why 85 percent of Manitoba’s 11.4 million pre-pandemic tourist visitors came from within the Province (according to Travel Manitoba’s 2017 data)
It’s time for the rest of Canada to get in on the hidden gem that is Manitoba, especially now that travel restrictions and self-quarantining requirements will soon end for fully-vaccinated travellers.
Please note that the attractions and events listed below were researched prior to the shut-down due to Covid-19 and I cannot say if or when they will resume.
What is the “Interlake”?
I want to give you some travel ideas about things to do in a beautiful area called the Interlake, which is the land between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba, the 12th and 33rd largest lakes in the world respectively.
A lot of tourism and cottage living occurs in the southern part of the West shore of Lake Winnipeg. I know this area well because we bought a cottage there 3 years ago and are very glad that we did.
A great travel hub for your stay is a town called Gimli, which is central for the nearby attractions, and is only a 1 hour drive North from the Winnipeg International Airport up Provincial Highway 8.
Here are a few great things to do in Gimli, Manitoba.
Gimli Icelandic Festival
Gimli has the largest population of people with Icelandic heritage outside of Iceland and is home of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, called Islendingadagurinn (try to say that out loud), during the August long weekend with a street market, art exhibits, concerts, and a midway with amusement rides. The festival also has live re-enactments of Viking battles.
That is the busiest and most crowded time to visit Gimli.
Gimli Beach, Boardwalk, and Pier
Gimli has a very large and popular public beach with a boardwalk and water-sport rental that can be quite busy on a hot summer day. It is great for family fun.
Be sure to take a walk to the end of the pier where there is a small lighthouse and viewpoint.
As you walk along the sea wall, you will see dozens of paintings by local artists that depict local landmarks or stories, many people fishing, and dozens of boats in the marina.
Gimli Film Festival
Besides the Icelandic Festival, the most popular and well-known event is the Gimli Film Festival in July each year. This year, they converted it to an online digital film festival with 200 unique films from around the world. Normally, they have movie venues all over town, masterclasses with writers and directors, and special film screenings on a giant inflatable movie screen that floats on the lake so you can watch from the beach on a lawn-chair.
Other Attractions in Gimli
At the start of the Pier, you will find a luxury resort hotel called Lakeview Gimli Resort that has a Robin’s coffee shop, several stores, a lakefront patio bar, and a fine dining restaurant called Seagulls that also has a great patio facing the lake. If you stay there, they also have both an indoor pool & hot tub and an outdoor pool and hot tub that faces the beach and lake.
Across from the resort is the main retail and restaurant district (1st Avenue and Centre Street).
There you will find 5 great little restaurants serving fresh pickerel caught in Lake Winnipeg with Greek salad and french fries. We have that for dinner on our way home after most of our cottage visits. The Greek salad (one of the best I have ever had), french fries and portions at Europa Restaurant are excellent, but they only deep fry the fish, which can be too greasy or overcooked for some people. The other restaurants have smaller portions, but generally offer 3 ways to enjoy your pickerel: deep fried, pan fried, or grilled.
On this street, you will also find a few ice cream shops to buy a chilled treat to enjoy while you walk around on a hot day.
If you want a souvenir or gift that screams “Interlake” or Icelandic Heritage, be sure to peruse a large, famous local clothing, gift, and souvenir store called Tergesen & Sons.
Gimli also has a hospital and many other stores and restaurants.
Gimli periodically has craft markets at various outdoor and indoor venues. A new indoor craft market is on Thursdays from 4 to 9 PM at Farmers Hall from June to September.
For nightlife, try the Ship and Plough for a large selection of local craft beers and live entertainment such as bands and stand up comedy or the bar at the Viking Inn.
Other events in Gimli include the Gimli Ice Festival in March, Craft Market Sales in April and July, Beach Car Show in July, Sandcastle Contest in August, Gimli Model Plane Fest in August, and free concerts on Harbour Stage at 7 PM on some Sundays with beach bash concerts on select weekends in July & August.
For family fun, Gimli has:
- the New Iceland Heritage Museum (with a massive statue of a Viking nearby),
- Lake Winnipeg Visitor Centre (like a local fishing museum),
- Gimli Motorsports Park & Go-Kart Track (with Interlake Dragway races every second Sunday),
- Gimli Aquatic Centre (with a pool and 2 large waterslides),
- Bowler’s Lanes bowling alley,
- a tennis court, and
- Gimli Theatre movie theatre.
A short day trip North of Gimli to Arnes Market:
If you do one excursion when you are not relaxing on the beach in Gimli, be sure to drive 10 minutes North up Provincial Road 222 to Arnes Market. This is a farmer’s market and more which is open from 9 AM – 2 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and some holidays from May to October.
On your way to the Arnes Market, you will pass the Diageo distillery that produces all of the world’s Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey. The warehouses here contain more barrels of whiskey than there are people in Manitoba. Unfortunately, they don’t do tours or have a tasting room because the bottling occurs near Toronto, Ontario.
The next attraction you will pass 8 kilometers North of Gimli is Camp Morton Provincial Park, which has an ornate functioning Ukrainian Catholic Church, 19 camp sites (for camping, RVs, or camper trailers), 14 rental cabins with running water (sleeping 4 to 6 people) and 6 Yurts (sleeping 4 people). There are several really interesting things about Camp Morton.
The first is that you can sleep in accommodations called Yurts that are mostly right on the water with lake views. They are like camping in a little hut instead of a tent, so you have to use the shared public showers and bathrooms.
The second interesting thing is that this park started in 1920 as a summer camp for Roman Catholic children, so there are several abandoned buildings near the main entrance of the park, including old residences as well as a chapel, school, dining hall, water pump building, and water tower. These buildings either have ornate architecture and decorations (in a Ukrainian style) or they demonstrate a unique, old outdated building method called “stackwall” which looks like a bunch of round holes where there is or used to be wood surrounded by a type of mortar or concrete.
This park is popular for hiking in Summer and cross-country skiing in Winter. Hikers will find a mixed boreal forest with white spruce, aspen, oak, ash, balsam poplar and Manitoba maple trees as well as shrubs such as Saskatoon berry and high bush-cranberry. If you go hiking here, beware of a three-leaved shrub called poison ivy that could leave you with an itchy rash.
Near the water, you will see and hear frogs, songbirds, seagulls, osprey, and American white pelicans. During Spring or Fall, you might get lucky and see a Bald eagle taking a break from its migration.
Keep driving North for 5 minutes past Camp Morton and you will discover the Arnes Market. I can’t emphasize enough how unique and whimsical this market is.
The booths are made by a very creative artist and woodworker who also makes and sells great statues at the park next door, so they look strange and misshapen as if you are in another country or on another planet.
He also made a miniature church that is really photo-worthy.
At the market, you can buy farm fresh eggs, local and organic fruits & vegetables, crafts, jewelry, clothing, books, antiques, and foods like famous donuts and cinnamon buns from a Mennonite bakery, butter tarts, homemade fudge, jams, jellies, pickled foods, and shaved ice.
Inside the market, there is a petting zoo that is also free and great for families. You will see rabbits, chickens, pigs, sheep, and goats plus the young ones and babies. You can purchase appropriate food to feed many of the animals.
There is a children’s playground next to the Arnes Market, where kids can go on homemade swings & teeter-totters, and play bowling as well as sit in cars, trains and planes made by the property owner from tree trunks (many of which are based on the Flintstones). There are also many sculptures carved from tree trunks and painted like aliens, minions, & bears to admire (or purchase). And best of all, it is all free.
A long day trip North of Gimli to Hecla Island:
If you have energy and gas to burn, you should consider visiting Gull Harbour on Hecla Island. If you keep going North of the Arnes Market, you will find more fantastic destinations.
There are several towns, camps, camp sites, housing developments, mobile home communities and RV parks on Provincial Road 222 North of Gimli. Each one has its own beach on the lakefront and they are fun to explore.
Very near to the Arnes Market, Camp Newstadt is a “private” German beach community with a nearby mobile home and trailer community called Mordens Meadows Campground and Trailer Park. They share a small, secluded and cute beach.
A few minutes North of the Arnes Market, Spruce Sands is another small cottage community that has a public beach, restaurant, ice cream shop, and convenience store. They also have the Spruce Sands RV Resort. The beach at Spruce Sands is my favourite for swimming (even better than Gimli) because it has knee-deep water on fine sand for 50 meters out from the shore.
A few minutes North of Spruce Sands, you will find Silver Harbour Marine Resort, which is the largest private marina in Manitoba. If you have a boat, you can launch it here for a small fee or you can launch it for free in Gimli or Riverton. Spruce Sands also has around 15 RV sites.
The Arnes dock is very close to Spruce Sands and has a place where you can go fishing or purchase fresh-caught pickerel in season for a very good price ($7 per pound). Pickerel makes a memorable and tasty souvenir and you can also get it in Gimli for $9 per pound at Smith’s, which vacuum packs it for you or will sell you frozen fish that will travel better.
Less than 10 minutes North of the Arnes Market, you will find the Hnausa Beach Provincial Park, which has a beach and camp sites. You should pop in to the cool store and ice cream shop called Hnausa General Store that sells groceries, snacks, drinks, and some household and camping-related items.
Just a few minutes North of Hnausa is a long concrete pier that is very popular for fishing, so bring along your fishing rods if you like to go fishing. Be sure to get your provincial fishing license first. Last time we stopped there, we saw close to 70 people fishing.
When leave Hnausa, you have to travel West to get back to Provincial Highway 8. Once you reach Highway 8, you can take a short detour (less than 10 minutes each way) to visit Arborg, which has a library, hospital, Co-op grocery store & pharmacy, Red Apple department store, and several restaurants.
If you brought your own food, enjoy and a nice picnic area next to the river and small dam.
Some events and attractions to visit in Arborg include Silver Western Days on the third Saturday in May, Arborg Fair & Rodeo in July, and the Noventis Aquatic Centre & Water Park that has a pool and waterslide.
The Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village is a 100-year-old town that has been preserved for you to walk or drive through on a self-guided tour. Or, during the daytime, you can pay $10 per person for a guided tour and go inside the buildings. The Village also has a campground and RV park.
For us, the reason to visit Arborg is the Arborg Bakery, which has been named to some lists of the best donuts in Canada, but also sells great cinnamon buns and Vinarterta, which is an Icelandic cake with thin layers of pastry dough, date filling, and icing sugar that you must try.
From Arborg, head back to highway 8 and travel North 5 minutes to Riverton, which has stores, restaurants, a lounge, and a grocery store and pharmacy. If you stop here, you should take a short walk across the Icelandic River Walking Bridge for some pictures of a serene river and riverbank. Also, take a picture with the nearby giant statue of a moose named Lundi.
While there, stop at Kahleigh’s Brew Barn for some tasty and creative spins on pub comfort food.
Now you are getting close. Drive another 20 minutes North to reach Hecla Provincial Park on Hecla Island. At the entrance of the park, there is a giant sign and a lighthouse on the lakeshore that present a great photo opportunity while you stretch your legs. Near here, you will see dozens of cars parked on the side of the road where people are fishing.
Near the tip of Hecla Island, there are several attractions.
You can get off the main highway and take a road that winds through a historic Icelandic settlement. We recommend stopping and taking the self-guided tour on around 1 kilometer of paths to take pictures and read about the buildings and equipment they used to fish and live a few hundred years ago. You can also go fishing on a pier in this historic settlement.
If you haven’t had lunch or dinner yet, there is a very scenic picnic and rest area just past the historic settlement. You will find steep rock cliffs not found elsewhere because it used to be a rock quarry.
The road will eventually take you back to the main highway and you will end up in Gull Harbour, which is a small fishing town and marina that has a luxury resort called Lakeview Gull Harbour Resort. The resort also has a scenic, lake-front, world-class golf course called the Hecla Golf Course where you will likely see lots of wildlife as you golf. While driving to Gull Harbour, we saw swans, pelicans, ducks, and deer.
The resort has lots of amenities such as an indoor pool and waterslide as well as a nice restaurant that overlooks some man-made ponds and Gull Harbour Beach, which is the private beach connected to the resort through one of many walking paths. This beach is on a very beautiful harbour and is a nice place to relax or take pictures on the last stop of your long day trip. If you don’t feel like driving back to Gimli, have dinner and book a hotel room at Gull Harbour Resort.
Just past the resort exit, you will reach the end of the road for most travellers when you reach Gull Harbour.
Gull Harbour is an actual harbor with many fishing boats on a pier, a general store, a lighthouse, and a charming restaurant with a patio overlooking the lake.
Day trips South of Gimli to Winnipeg Beach:
You can stop at Winnipeg Beach on your way to Gimli, visit as a day trip, or stop on your way back to Winnipeg. Winnipeg beach is only 10 minutes South of Gimli and used to be the big party destination and beach town in Manitoba.
One hundred years ago, people used to take a train from Winnipeg to Winnipeg Beach for a day of swimming and suntanning followed by dinner and dancing at a huge dance hall. They even had arcades and midway games on the boardwalk and a massive wooden roller-coaster near the boardwalk back then.
The only things left from that era are a few small arcades and a relatively small beach area compared to Gimli Beach. The arcades are super cool because it feels like you have gone back in time and they have some really old games.
There are some restaurants, ice cream shops and stores (check out Candies and Curiosities) close to the beach and park. There is also a bandstand where they have special events and free concerts on select dates.
Winnipeg Beach has a big Whispering Giant statue that s a tribute to the Indigenous people of Manitoba and a symbol of brotherhood. It is part of a bigger trail project of Whispering Giants, which began in 1970 and reaches throughout most of North America.
You can rent a bike to explore the town and Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park or take your kids swimming. It is definitely worth a visit if you have time.
Day trips West of Gimli:
I am just scratching the surface of what you can experience in and around Gimli.
For example, it is just a ten-minute drive West to Fraserwood, which has events such as the Craft & Garden Sale in June, Fraserwood Family Pancake Breakfast, Parade & Picnic in June, Perogy & Kolbassa Dinner Feast in August, Western Hoe-Down in September, and Karaoke on the first Friday of each month at the Fraserwood Hotel.
Gimli is within a 30 minute drive to 7 golf courses, including Links at the Lake, Northmaire Golf Course, Sandy Hook Golf Club, Netley Creek Golf & Country Club (which just added some RV spots), Winnipeg Beach Golf Course, Inwood Golf and Country Club, and Teulon Golf & Country Club.
Or, in less than 1-hour you can be golfing at the spectacular Hecla Golf Course on Hecla Island.
Fishing, boating, hiking, nature-watching, sightseeing, swimming, suntanning and playing on a beach, relaxing by the water while listening to the waves, festivals, shopping, and dining are some of the reasons that I love the Interlake and I think you will love it too.
I even wrote a poem called Lake Life about this region, which you can find using this link.
I have a travel blog to showcase some great places to travel for older travellers. I have also been researching and writing a book about the best places in the world to retire and how to retire abroad. If it wasn’t for the long Winters in Manitoba, I wouldn’t even consider leaving to find a perfect retirement home elsewhere.
Kevin & Tina
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I had always wanted to visit canada. Your travelogue looks really good.
Looks like a fun place to visit. Your photos really capture the vibe of it.
Canada has lots to offer. There are many things to do in Manitoba, many of which involve getting out in nature to our beautiful lakes and forests.
We have a lot of fun exploring the places near our cottage and taking road trips in the Interlake region of Manitoba. I am glad you liked the pictures too.
The water and shore look lovely. I'll need to do some investigating. Thanks!
Makes me want to go out of places like these. Sucks that pandemic still in the run.
Yes, this part of Canada is gorgeous and picturesque. There are lots of things to do in the Interlake region of Manitoba that make great day trips in Manitoba
We want to travel too. This travel ban has helped us explore more of our own province this summer. And, people from Western Canada can travel within Western Canada without any quarantine. I am glad you liked my list of things to do in Gimli, Manitoba.
Under Flowery Sky
Wooowww so many lakes, just sounds so amazing.
And polar bears too. I love the little church
and the amazing parks and festivals..
Gimli and the Interlake are spectacular places to live or visit.
Manitoba sounds like a fascinating place. The Icelandic heritage stuff was quite a surprise! We've been to Canada a couple of times and loved it. I'm sure we'll come back!
You should make your way to Manitoba next time you are coming to Canada. there are lots of things to do in the Interlake region, not just in the bigger cities.
It looks like such a beautiful place! I loved the the seawall gallery and the homemade playground.
Thank you. Those are 2 highlights out of the things to do in Gimli and the Interlake. It's a special place.
If we come back your way, we now have places to add to our list. We stayed a month on Vancouver Island, to spend time with my Motherin-law before she passed. That was four years ago, and the plan is to come again this time to steep ourselves in its beauty. Your post felt like an invitation so thank you.
Thanks, Ellen. It was a bit of an invitation. Our Province is open for tourism from people in Western Canada. I think now is a great opportunity for people to discover the amazing things to see in the Interlake region of Manitoba and things to do in Gimli, Manitoba.
The Book View
Honestly, I hadn't even heard of this little place until your post. But between your amazing pictures and thoughts on it all, I'm definitely adding it to my travel list! Thank you for sharing this!
I am glad you liked my post (and pictures) about things to do in Gimli and the interlake region of Manitoba. It's worth visiting when you can.
I did not realize this place existed! Really great thoughts and thorough reviews of different things to do there. My favorite part was the seawall with the paintings and the photos of the bunnies at the petting zoo! I love traveling so much. Nice post!
Thank you so much Leisha. Places like this remain so quaint and beautiful partly because they are not well known. If you love nature and relaxing at the lake, you should travel to Gimli, Manitoba or the surrounding area.
Awesome post! So much information. It makes me really want to venture out to these places. I am in England so all of this really takes my breath away!
I absolutely love the showcasing of artwork on the pier; what a fantastic idea!
Thank you for sharing all of this. It's so intriguing & useful!
Louna | burstsofautumn
Thanks, Louna. The artwork also shows local places and history, so it is educational. There are many things to do in Gimli and the surrounding area that I tried to highlight. Thanks for your kind praise. I still want to go to England.
WOW! This place looks amazing. Was not on my list of places to visit. HOWEVER, now I am thinking about adding it. Thanks for sharing
This is my first time of hearing about this little place, your article has really been insightful for me. Thank you.
Wow!I'm such a fan of the outdoors and this looks like a fantastic place to retire.
Manitoba, Canada looks like a beautiful place that every traveler should visit! I love exploring and learning other's culture so hopefully this pandemic will end soon so we could travel safely again.
Manitoba is beautiful and there are lots of things to do in Gimli, Manitoba and the surrounding area. Glad you enjoyed the post and learned a bit about my home Province. I also want to travel outside of the country safely soon.
I am sure you would love travel to Gimli and the Interlake region in Manitoba. It's a nature lover's paradise. I hope you can visit Gimli one day.
I am glad I could give you some travel inspiration in my Gimli travel guide.
I might still retire in Gimli, Manitoba. But, I want to research many places that are warm in the Winter. You would love Gimli and find many things to do in the Interlake region in Manitoba.
I really want to be to canada, one of my cousins leave there and it is so picturesque.
Thank you for taking me on this virtual vacation in Canada. I cannot wait to have a real vacation soon.
Great post! I’ve explored most of the eastern region of Canada but once I start making my way around the central I’ll definitely have to stop by Gimli.
Gimli, never heard of it before. But looks so beautifully out if this world! It's difinitely a place to escape to while getting away from all the toxic and chaotic world. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
Wow great views. I love the children's park also since Flintstones is my favourite character
Wow, there is certainly a lot to experience and enjoy in Manitoba. I haven't been in Canada yet but will definitely visit some day.
I hope to retire in style! I love the la landscapes!
Thank you for sharing!! I want to visit Canada so I am saving this post!!
You should visit when it is safe. We are a huge country with all types of landscapes.
You are welcome. I hope you can travel soon and maybe to Gimli, Manitoba.
Many people drive through Manitoba on their way from Ontario to Alberta or BC. You should plan a few days to explore the things to do in Gimli, Manitoba and also Winnipeg.
It is our special relaxing getaway. Exploring the lesser known places like Gimli or the Interlake region of Manitoba offers many nice surprises.
You would have lots of fun at that park and the Arnes Market. Lots of photo opportunities in Flintstone vehicles and even a plane.
Yes, there are many things to do in Gimli and Manitoba. I doubt you would come here over some of the bigger cities, but if you love nature, this is a relaxing and beautiful place to go.
Yes. We also want to retire in style. Not sure where in the world we will relocate of if we will become snowbirds and travel somewhere warm only in the winter. Regardless, we have great landscapes near our cottage, which is another retirement option.
Thank you for saving my travel guide for the Interlake region of Manitoba. I hope you can visit Canada soon.
I loved reading this. Canada is on our bucketlist. Beautiful and helpful travel guide
I have only been to Canada once as a little kid, so it is definitely time to revisit and this would be a place we’d have to visit! Looks like so much fun!
Thank you. My Gimli travel guide will help you find some nice things to do in the Interlake region of Manitoba if you make it to the middle of Canada.
Canada and Manitoba's Interlake region has so much natural beauty to enjoy. It would be a great and relaxing vacation.
will share with my Father 🙂
Wow, what a varied selection of places and experiences to be had! I love that Icelandic culture is such a feature – not something I would have expected. I've never visited Canada before but there seems to be so many amazing places there!
Manitoba is an overlooked travel destination with many hidden gems to discover.
Thanks for sharing. My other blog posts can give your father lots of ideas about the best places to retire abroad or for older people to travel.
Your pictures are Incredible. The place is also looks sogso
Wow. That looks loads of fun. I havent been to Canada but I have a couple of friends there who keep telling me about the beauty of the place.
Thanks. I tried to show some of the great scenery in the Interlake and things to do in Gimli, Manitoba
Canada has beauty everywhere from the Rocky Mountains to the Martimes. However, we have a paradise in Manitoba with tens of thousands of lakes including 3 of the top 33 biggest freshwater lakes in the world. You'll find great beauty near Gimli, Manitoba too.
I didn't even know this part of the world existed. It looks like a great place with plenty to do all year round. I've been to Iceland and didn't realise that their culture had spread to parts of Canada? That's pretty interesting to learn about
The Icelandic festival is a great party, but it was cancelled this year. Glad my travel guide to Gimli, Manitoba and the Interlake taught you something and maybe gave some travel inspiration.
You sure are great at finding interesting, lesser known destinations! Great pics, thanks.
Hi Sue. Luckily, I live close to the Interlake and own a cottage near Gimli. I have this beauty nearby that most people in other countries will never experience. I am glad you liked my Manitoba Interlake travel guide with things to do in Gimli.
Looks like a place to add to my travel list!
Yes, Gimli is a beautiful destination worthy of your travel bucket list.
Very good post. Highly informative for travellers who want to visit Gimli in Manitoba, Canada. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for the compliments on my Gimli travel guide. I strive to provide useful information along with the pictures and travel inspiration.
Gimli sounds like fun – there is so much to do there! I've only been to Canada twice – loved Toronto! Then traveled from Sarnia to Niagra when we were living in Michigan. I'd love to spend more time up north. Thanks for an interesting and informative read!
Thanks, Lori. Toronto and Niagara Falls are great and popular, well-known places for your first visit to Canada. There is a lot more beauty to see in Canada from the Okanagan Valley in BC to Banff National Park in Alberta to Old Montreal in Quebec to Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia. However, we love the Interlake in Manitoba and we are lucky to have it nearby.
This is a great post. My husband and I have been planning a road trip across Canada in the next couple years. We have a lot of different places that we want to visit on the list already, but I don't think we've listed anything from Manitoba before. I'm definitely going to show this to him!
That will be a long trip. It's around 7,000 kilometers from St. John's Nova Scotia to Vancouver BC. Each region has unique things to see and do.
You probably want to just explore a few provinces on each trip (ex. BC & AB or ON & Quebec).
Most people fly over Winnipeg, but if you are driving from coast to coast on the TransCanada Highway, you have to pass through Manitoba, so you could easily take a few days to check out Winnipeg and Gimli.
L Mad Hildebrandt
After COVID wanes, we want to take a trip to Manitoba. This gives us lots of ideas! Great info and pics. I especially want to add Gimli to the trip we've planned to Winnipeg. Thanks!
It is definitely much different in Manitoba's Interlake region compared to New Mexico, although you have some beautiful parks in the north part of your state. You will love it in Manitoba and I hope you come soon after it is safe to visit the Gimli area.
Thanks for writing in such detail about those lovely destinations. I don't mind fried fish, if not overcooked. The photos are great too. I hope after reading your article Gimli, Manitoba will get more tourists.
Thanks, Sara. We are happy to help plan trips and give some travel inspiration. We want to share Gimli and the Interlake with the world, but we would not want it to get overcrowded with visitors as well. We hope the local businesses have enough business to be successful for many years.
Fascinating! I had no idea there was this much to do in Manitoba.
Thanks. We have many posts about things to do in Manitoba, including suggested things to do in Gimli and things to do in Winnipeg. we are researching Churchill right now.
Thank you so much. Places like this remain quaint and beautiful partly because they are not well known. If you love nature and relaxing at the lake, you should definitely travel to Gimli, Manitoba or the surrounding area.