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Gimli Dance Pavilion

Gimli Dance Pavilion

The Gimli Dance Pavilion (1911) is the older of only two extant facilities of its type still operating in Manitoba and the only remaining dance hall of three built in the Interlake district.

Designed by Olafur Thornsteinson, a talented craftsman, musician and early pioneer in New Iceland, the pavilion remains largely intact with its original materials and design features. Although diminutive in size and appearance compared to later facilities, it represents the popularity of dancing as a recreational activity after the turn of the twentieth century. The pavilion also holds significance as a social and cultural venue for the Icelandic community, hosting many events, including the yearly Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.

The building has been designated as a Municipal Heritage Site.

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