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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 members are Claire Gillis and Ernest Stefanson

Claire Gillis was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Claire worked for the Canadian Pharmacists Association in the Publications Department for 15 years before moving to Gimli to work in community pharmacy.

She is Vice Chair of the Gimli Film Festival and actively involved with its activities. Claire enjoys her daily walks and loves to travel.


Ernest Stefanson was born and raised in Gimli, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Pharmacy in 1968, opened Viking Pharmacy in January 1969, and is still practising today. Ernest served on Pharmasave Boards both regionally and nationally for many years. He is also Past President of the Manitoba Society of Pharmacists and the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

Ernest is an Honourary Life Member of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba. He is actively involved in numerous community affairs as well as many Icelandic Canadian groups and is an Honourary Life Member of the Kinsmen Club and the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.

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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