Gimli Manitoba Canada
There is more to Gimli's prairie ocean landscape than first meets the eye. Situated on the 11th largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Winnipeg, it's thriving commercial fishing industry, begun over 120 years ago, earns close to $4 million annually. A desired "destination point" since the early 1900's, tourism continues to see that Gimli and the surrounding communities continue to grow. The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, the longest running ethnic festival in the country, attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year.
Gimli will not only fulfill your craving for great food and unique shopping, it also offers fresh offshore breezes, recreational boating, angling and nature hikes. If action is what you want, get into the fast lane and drop by the newly renovated Gimli Motorsport Park in Industrial Park, just one mile west of town.
A world-class museum, as well as a thriving visual and performing arts community makes Gimli your cultural destination, too. July's Gimli Film Festival offers free midnight movies on the beach with the screen in the water and the audience nestled in their favorite beach chairs.
Gimli has always stood out in the crowd and has been "on the map" as host for the Manitoba Ladies Curling and World Boardsailing Championships in 1994 as well as the 1997 Manitoba Seniors' Games, the 1998 Manitoba Winter Games, the 1999 Pan Am Games Sailing Races and most recently in 2003, the McCain TSN Skins curling games.
As for being famous, how can we forget the Gimli Glider, a Boeing 767 that made its dramatic and safe emergency landing at the Gimli Airport on July 23, 1983 with no control tower or fire trucks to aid their descent?
If you can't make it to Gimli, watch for us in a theatre or a television near you. Scenes for The Avro Arrow, featuring Dan Akroyd, and K-19 The Widowmaker, featuring Harrison Ford, were filmed in Gimli as well as the television series My Life As A Dog. Falcon Beach, a young adult television series is currently filming in the Winnipeg Beach area.
But wait, if winter is more to your liking, Gimli's Snowtrackers Snowmobile Club could be what you've been looking for to get your motor running.