Exploring Gimli's Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee's website is a great way to discover our community's rich culture and the pride we share in our collection of heritage buildings and sites.
Whether you are a visitor, a historic building owner, or researching your family's history, here you will find the story of the settlement of New Iceland, the wave of immigration from Eastern Europe that followed and the legacy of artifacts and buildings left for us to enjoy and preserve for future generations.
News and Events
Getting to Know Your MHAC Members
The Gimli Heritage Advisory Committee is a sub-committee of the Rural Municipality of Gimli Council and provides advice to the Council on local heritage issues.
The composition of the Committee, with representation from many occupations and areas in the municipality, ensures that a broad perspective is brought to all our work. There are nine members, appointed by the RM Council.
This month's featured member is Thora Palson:
Thora has been a member of the RM of Gimli Council since 2014. She is an active member of the community and sits on a number of boards and committees, including the Gimli Heritage Committee, New Iceland Heritage Museum, and the Gimli Harbour Authority to mention a few.
Thora was born in Iceland but was registered at birth as a Canadian Citizen. She is of Icelandic descent. Her great-grandparents immigrated to Canada in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and most of them settled in the Interlake area.
Thora is married to Kevin Palson of Gimli MB. They have a beautiful daughter named Anna Soley. They reside at Kevin’s family home of “Skalabrekka “on a property which has been passed down through three generations.
Gimli's Notable Persons: A Canada 150 Anniversary Project
The RM of Gimli Heritage Advisory Committee will publish a booklet next summer celebrating approximately 50 past and present citizens who made significant contributions to our community, province and/or country.
We welcome your suggestions of names, with your reasons why they should be included. All names not necessarily accepted.
Contact: Wally Johannson – firstname.lastname@example.org or Box 1934, Gimli R0C 1B0
Loni Beach: a Gimli heritage neighbourhood
The Gimli Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee has produced a booklet on the Loni Beach neighbourhood. Loni Beach is valued as an important and distinct cottage area at the north end of Gimli. The booklet is intended to foster appreciation for the area, and to serve as a heritage management tool.
Earlier news items are stored on a separate Old News page.