Top things to do in Lake Winnipeg

Top Choice Coffee in Gimli

Flatland Coffee Roasters

Almost too cool for tiny Gimli, the sign above the cafe states: 'We are the coffee shop.' And they are. Whether you're craving an espresso, latte or frappuccino, they'll do it perfectly, with Ethiopia Worka, Colombi…
Museum in Gimli

New Iceland Heritage Museum

This small, lovingly put together museum tells the story of intrepid Icelanders who settled an unlikely part of Canada in 1875 after fleeing hardships in their native land. Farming implements, formal family portrait…
Village in Hecla & Grindstone Provincial Park

Hecla Heritage Historic Village

Picturesque Hecla Village has been a lived-in Icelandic settlement since 1876. You can go on a 1km self-guided tour of the old lakefront buildings, most still in use, and check out the pelicans haunting the fisherme…
Nature Reserve in Hecla & Grindstone Provincial Park

Grassy Narrows Marsh

Near the entrance to the park, this channel between Hecla Island and the mainland is one of Manitoba's most important marshes and a major nesting site for Canada geese and a great many other waterfowl. The system of…
Cultural in Gimli


It's all Iceland during Islendingadagurinn, a provincially popular fest including Islendingadance (Icelanders Dance), Icelandic games, live music (no Björk), Viking battles, fireworks and, of course, an Iceland-them…
Pub Food in Gimli

Ship and Plough

This cozy pub serves the likes of homemade meatloaf, fish-and-chips, ribs and fish tacos to the accompaniment of live music on weekends. There's no drinks list but it serves reliable classic cocktails, as well as be…
Park in Lake Winnipeg

Grand Beach Provincial Park

There is hiking in Grand Beach Provincial Park, where hundreds of species of birds use the lagoon behind the beach and the nearby dunes reach 12m. It's also one of Manitoba's busiest campgrounds (tent sites $12 to $…
Historic Building in Gimli

HP Tergesen & Sons

Worth visiting simply for its creaky-floored history, HP Tergesen & Sons is a busy store that's been in continuous operation since 1899. Look out for the original ye olde metal-and-wood cash register.