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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

New Book Just Out on Gimli's Fresh Air Camps

Developed by David Butterfield, former Architectural Historian for the Province of Manitoba and co-author of the best-selling book If Walls Could Talk, Fresh Air Unlimited is a 160-page full-colour book that highlights all 19 camps, five of which are still in operation.

$25.00  Contact:  Wally Johannson  204-642-9182

Copies are also available at Tergesen’s and Pharmasave.

The Camps

Camp Sparling Camp Robertson B’Nai Brith Camp
Camp Morton One Big Union Camp Lakeside Camp
Salvation Army Camp Ponemah Beach Camp Gimli Bible Camp
Camp Gilwell Ukrainian Park Camp Hnausa Unitarian Camp
Sunrise Lutheran Camp Camp Husavick Camp Arnes
Camp Massad Camp Veselka Camp Rusalka
Crippled Children’s Camp    

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 Wally Johannson:

Wally was born in Arborg, but his great grand-parents were early settlers in Gimli in 1876 and 1883. His paternal grandfather died in the smallpox epidemic of 1876–77.

Wally and his wife Sandy have lived in Vesturland for the past 25 years. They are both retired teachers; Wally's teaching career lasted 30 years, largely in Evergreen.

He also served 8 years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for St. Matthews, a west-end constituency in Winnipeg, once a centre of Icelandic settlement. During that period, he was appointed Legislative Assistant to the Ministers of Education and Municipal Affairs, chaired several legislative committees, and served as government caucus research director.

For 23 years he enjoyed being a member of the Gimli Rotary Club, serving his turn as president. From 2000 to 2016, he was a member of the Manitoba Heritage Council, briefly serving as deputy presiding member. Since 2017, he has chaired the RM of Gimli Heritage Advisory Committee .

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 – or Box 1934, Gimli R0C 1B0

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