Search Textbook

Table of Contents

Chapter 17: Parks, Recreation, Sports

17.11: Gimli on Lake Winnipeg

Gimli is the largest settlement on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg 1. It is one of the province’s main tourist resorts; during the summer the full time population of the area is expanded by the arrival of 10,000 cottagers and as many as 100,000 tourists. Its proximity to Winnipeg (it lies 50 miles [80 km] north of the capital) and the easy access along two highways—numbers 8 and 9—in part accounts for its popularity. It has strong Icelandic connections; many of today’s residents are descended from Icelandic immigrants who founded the community in 1875.

On the photo the CP railway 2 can be seen running due north/south with spurs off to the west 3. PTH 9 4 is east of, and parallel to, the railway. The layout of the town is in the main a grid harmonizing with the DLS system, with a few exceptions. In both the north and south are roads at an angle to the grid 5; also both north and south are roads parallel to the lake shore 6; some roads west of PTH 9 are in crescent shape 7. The main commercial area is along a central east/west road 8. Some of the community’s recreational resources and attractions for tourists are seen on the photo:

1)     A large trailer park/campground is located in the southwest 9.

2)     Further north are two buildings, one of which 10 is probably a hockey arena.

3)     An outdoor recreational area with baseball diamonds is located in the north 11.

4)     Two breakwaters 12 protect piers 13 and moored boats 14 in the centre (the harbour).

5)     North of the harbour is a wide sandy beach 15. In summer Lake Winnipeg is warm enough for swimming, but it is having problems with pollution.[i]

Figure 17.11: Gimli on Lake Winnipeg

Figure 17.11: Gimli on Lake Winnipeg

Figure 17.11

Vertical colour air photo by Prairie Agri Photo

Flight height: 7,200 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 50 mm

Scale: 1:9,500 (approx.)

Date: 2000

Location: Township 19; Range 4 E

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62I Selkirk

                    1:50,000 62I/0 Victoria Beach


[i] Casey, A. “Forgotten LakeCanadian Geographic. vol. 126, no. 6, November, 2006, 62-78.