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The Wave Tour No.9 Western Beaches of Lake Winnipeg and Manitoba Interlake Sat. Sun. June 12 and 13, and September 4 and 5, 2010 10 AM to 6 PM www. WINNIPEG BEACH ART + CULTURE/WINNBAC Co-op Inc. presents the 9th WAVE Artists Studio Tour - an event which has earned the titles ‘charming, hot tourist attraction’. And that's not all! The WAVE is making waves again and is gathering steam - The WAVE Artists’ Studio Tour won the 2008 AWARD for Partnership from the Interlake Tourism Association; and was a finalist for the 2009 Travel Manitoba Tourism Awards in the same category. There are many established professional and award-winning artists to entice and welcome art lovers, culture seekers and students alike to seek and explore. The 9th Tour lets you step into art where the art is being created. See the tools, colors, light and spaces that inspire our artists. Each studio visit invites you to view original works of art. This year, there are more exciting paintings, textile art, lino prints, photography, clay works, and expressive drawing, all awaiting discovery. Plus, all the old favorites...come see for yourself.

Essentially a self-guided tour, The Wave Tour focuses on artists living and working in the Interlake region. Visitors are invited into studios to speak with and see the artists at work. A fabulous brochure lists artists' sites and a map will guide the touring daytrippers via scenic routes through hamlets, cottage country and along Lake Winnipeg’s western shore. An art experience up close and personal when visiting sites that formerly were farm houses–nestled in old mature shelterbelts of pine, spruce, elm, dogwood, hazel brush and willows, an oasis in a vast agricultural landscape. The tour successfully combines the exploration of town and country life; the artists’ fascinating studios add a colourful splash of sophistication and charm. Seize this opportunity to get to know the remarkable creativity of artists and artisans in the Manitoba Interlake. Whatever it takes, carpool or bus–but, do drive out to look, chat and learn, then perhaps purchase and/or commission a work of art. All on Board–Let’s go! Please Contact: Ev Richter 1-204-782-3077 email: Olive Hnatiuk 1-204-642-1229 Email:



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lease keep your hands off the branches.” I recently heard this while walking down a street in Winnipeg. I wondered to myself, “Is this really what it has come down to? A group of pre-schoolers marching down the sidewalk, joined by a common string so as to not become disengaged from the group–leaders fearful their charges might hurt themselves on the branches or other unknown things around the corner?”


Richard Louv, in his influential book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, has postulated that many of the maladies striking our youth today, like child obesity, are founded on the disconnect between today’s generation of children and nature and the outdoors. To make his point he quotes a fourth-grader who told him: “I like to play indoors better, ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” Although not a recognized medical condition, Louv does make a strong argument that nature-deficit disorder does exists and manifests itself in all manner of childrens’ illness. Thankfully, a place exists near Gimli and the surrounding beach areas that allow kids to be kids. Allows kids to explore the great outdoors. Allows kids to discover nature, while growing strong in body and mind. Moreover, this place has been doing it for the past 90 years. Where is this Mecca you ask? It is Camp Morton. Camp Morton was originally a Canadian Pacific railway point north of Gimli called Faxa. The Archdiocese of Winnipeg desired to establish a camp for Catholic children and on June 30, 1920, a quarter-section farm along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg was purchased. “It did not resemble a fresh air camp in 1920 when Archbishop Sinnott inspected the property. It was just an ordinary quarter-section farm...with a house and the usual farm buildings. But Archbishop Sinnott was a man of vision. He looked past the commonplace and visualized a summer playground where Roman Catholic children could enjoy a vacation far from the dust and danger of Winnipeg streets.” (WFP 1935-05-23) Enter T. W. Morton. The story of Monsignor Thomas William Morton is a fascinating one. Born in Lincolnshire, England in 1862, he was educated at St. Edward’s College, Liverpool and Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. He was Science Master at Beaumont College, Old Windsor and Lecturer and Army Coach in London. He was also Professor of Science and Mathematics at Prior Park, Bath. He was, by all


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accounts a man of science. “It was said of him that when Einstein announced his theory of relativity, the great scientist said there were not more than a dozen men in the world who would be capable of mathematically understanding it, among them was Father Morton.” (WFP 1945-06-26) T. W. Morton then ‘reinvented’ himself as a man of the cloth and was ordained a priest in his early 40s. For seven years he was rector of St. Nicholas church in Bristol before moving to Wells for six years in the same capacity. In 1919, at the age of 57, he came to Winnipeg to assist in the newly formed Archdiocese of Winnipeg. A year later, he would establish Camp Morton. From 1920 – 1930 Monsignor Morton would transform the old farm into the Hampton Court of the prairies. It was the opinion of visiting clergy that the Catholics of Winnipeg had in Camp Morton a summer playground, which could not be “excelled anywhere, either in its location, its appointments, or its attractiveness.” The dining room and icehouse were built in 1921. The following year tennis courts were laid down and the Chapel constructed. The year 1924 saw the provision of Chateau Rheaume, designed to accommodate young women who worked and who needed an inexpensive holiday. The Archbishop celebrated his Jubilee Year in 1925 and in his honour, the Jubilee Cottage for mothers with babies was built. The Church and rectory, and a residence for the Sisters of Service were all added at this time. In addition, throughout the whole period, Monsignor Morton “spent a considerable amount of time and money in converting the bush into a park, opening up groves of white birch and spruce.” He added a sunken garden, the Avenue of Urns and Mary Knoll, a lawn bowling green, a sports field, a duck pond and a maze. However, what truly set off Camp Morton from any other children’s camp across the province was the construction of Champion Tower in 1923. ‘Father Morton’s Castle,’ as the children called it was just that, a ‘castle’ on the shore of Lake Winnipeg. Champion Tower was named after his grandfather, Thomas Champion, an architect. The castle was built as a retreat for Monsignor Morton to which he moved to permanently upon his retirement. The box structure was built “on the principle of the thermos bottle” his descriptive phrase for its unique construction of three air spaces in the walls and roof, thereby keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer. The four corner towers of solid concrete were continued on next page...

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added to make the outside more interesting. As all photographs of this grand structure are in black and white, imagine if you will, honey-coloured walls, white corner towers, red half circles above the windows, dark green window frames and natural boulder stone surrounding the base of the walls. No wonder visitors came from everywhere to visit Monsignor Morton at his castle on the lake, indeed, the only castle on the prairies! The camp was fortunate in its early years to have a Mr. Golden provide lectures on bird and plant life. He also gave “rambles of exploration” which “laid the foundation of real knowledge and a love of nature.” A 1922 Winnipeg Free Press article describes a typical day: “The order of the day begins with early rising, mass and breakfast. The mornings and afternoons are divided up into periods of work and play. The evening sees the children gathered round the camp fire, where songs and yarns and candles while away the delicious twilight till night prayers and bed cause the tired limbs to repose. Scout discipline is maintained among the boys. They are divided into patrols, get scout training and acquire a certain amount of efficiency in scout lore. The girls are under the care of the Sisters, who teach in the schools. Every child has gained in weight and in health by camping, and the numbers run into the hundreds.” (WFP 1922-06-24) Camp Morton thrived for the next 40 years, but in the 1960s, its popularity waned and with increased costs, it no longer could sustain itself.

Instead of celebration, it would close its doors in 1969, which would have been its 50th year of operation. After three years, the Archdiocese negotiated a sales agreement with the Manitoba Government. In 1974 the camp would be designated a recreation park. For the past 35 years, the park has continued to provide recreation opportunities for children that visit the park with their families. Sadly, Champion Tower is gone, as are all the trappings of a proper English park and gardens, but what remains along with a few remnant buildings from the old church camp days is Monsignor Morton’s vision of a safe haven for children to come, recreate, and learn about nature. “He loved life, and life to him was a book, a book in which every hour and every day was a new page containing something new, something to be absorbed and so much to be done.” (WFP 1945-06-26) Reminders of the past beckon in the still-standing Coronation Tower, the Pump House, the façade of the Chapel and a number of architecturally important stack-wall cottages. Traces of the beautiful stone walls and the grotto constructed with granite cobble plucked from the beach are still beautiful, even in their state of ruin. It is a shame to see these last vestiges crumbling into permanent disrepair. It would be wonderful to see the Manitoba Parks Branch and the Archdiocese of Winnipeg form a partnership to provide the resources to maintain what is left of Monsignor Morton’s legacy to the children of Winnipeg.





On behalf of the people and province of Manitoba, I warmly welcome you to the Interlake. The Interlake is the perfect destination for your summer experience. Whether you choose to explore for a day, a week or longer, the towns and communities that surround Lake Winnipeg promise visitors a perfect mix of rich history, local culture and extraordinary lakeside beauty. With the H2O Gimli & Beaches Adventure Guide in hand, the adventure you seek will be at your fingertips. I encourage all Manitobans to come to the Interlake and discover what we have waiting for you and your family

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roducing one of the world's most popular whiskies is perhaps Gimli's crowning achievement. Fittingly, the brand is called “Crown Royal,” the top selling Canadian whisky in North America and the earner of more than $500 million annually from sales in 150 countries. A major factor in the brand's success has been the dedication of the 75 employees who make Crown Royal at Diageo Canada Inc.'s vast Gimli distillery and warehouse complex which covers 320 acres just north of town. They take great pride in distilling and aging a renowned whisky whose makers were drawn to Gimli four decades ago by the region's high quality water. “Our very thorough production process takes a significant amount of time before a bottle reaches the market,” says Clint Sundseth, the distillery's quality manager. “We test grain arriving at the plant and taste whisky samples every day for quality. Once whisky is stored in 1.4 million barrels in our 46 warehouses, we pull samples to monitor maturity. We even inspect over 300 rail cars a year when they arrive and depart from the distillery.” Crown Royal had a 30-year history before the Gimli complex was opened on Aug. 21, 1969. The brand, with its distinctive crown cap and bottle shape, was created in 1939 by Samuel Bronfman, president of the Seagram company of Montreal. Bronfman decided to manufacture a quality whisky that year to mark the first Royal Tour of Canada by reigning British King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth. The links with royalty were renewed as recently as 2007 when Crown Royal developed its most expensive whisky ever to commemorate the visit of their daughter Queen Elizabeth II to the Kentucky Derby. Seagram brought Crown Royal to Gimli, but Diageo acquired the distillery in 2001 when the Bronfman family withdrew from the spirits and wine business. Diageo Canada Inc., with headquarters in Toronto, is part of Diageo of London, England, a global

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Diageo Canada employees take great pride in producing North America's leading whisky brand, Crown Royal, at the Gimli distillery. Some of them are, from left to right: Kim LeBleu, Thomas Miller, Larry Markusson, Dave Romanica, Darryl Desveaux, Clint Sundseth and Doug Basarab. Below, Darryl, Richard Sydney, and Clint demonstrate the special tasting process they follow in the taste testing lab.

distilling conglomerate whose brands include Captain Morgan rum, Smirnoff vodka, Johnnie Walker whisky, Guinness beer and liqueurs ranging from Baileys to Grand Marnier. Sundseth said there are two laboratory technicians and 10 accredited tasters who maintain the quality of ingredients in Diageo's Gimli production of its top of the line Crown Royal and VO brands Each day the distillery uses 500,000 gallons of water and 250,000 tonnes of

corn, rye and malted barley to produce whisky, shipped by rail or truck for final blending and bottling at Diageo's plant in Amherstburg, Ontario. An efficient waste treatment plant at the distillery is an integral part of the operation as the company takes great pains to protect the environment in one of Lake Winnipeg's prime resort areas. According to Sundseth, a lot of effort goes into making the iconic Crown Royal brand, known for its smooth taste. “There are a lot of

checks and balances along the way to ensure that it tastes that way,” he said. “Our testers taste both distillates and mature whisky samples anywhere from one to five times a day. They sniff, sip and spit into a spitoon. Anything below standard is rejected.” The Gimli distillery towers high over a complex that has a million square feet of floor space and the capacity to store more than 1,400,000 barrels of aging whisky in its 46 warehouses. As one of the biggest employers in the community, Diageo is a key player in Gimli's prosperity through taxes, payroll and contributions of both money and labour to community organizations. Its economic impact is also felt farther afield in Manitoba and Saskatchewan where all its grain is purchased from farmers. Sundseth says Diageo gives back to the community. “Our employees are involved in many community events and organizations ranging from the Icelandic Festival and the Evergreen Basic Needs food bank, to minor hockey and the Operation Red Nose drive-home for Christmas party-goers,” he said. “We also have a hockey team, the ‘Whisky Kings’ that plays other recreational teams in the community.” The pride employees take in their work is equaled by Gimli's sense of satisfaction in being the home of the famous Crown Royal brand. Many distillery staff members were raised in the immediate area, including a few who have been there almost since the beginning. “Diageo's presence in Gimli stimulates the economy,” says Doug Thordarson, a veteran of 39 years in the 14-person maintenance department, whose annual Fish Fry benefits local charities. Another veteran is Ed Reichert who monitors the distillation process from his computer. “Diageo is a good place to work - you do your job and there are no problems,” Reichert says. “It provides good jobs that generate business and benefits throughout the whole area.” A more recent arrival is Darryl Desveaux, a production supervisor who ...continued on next page

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joined Diageo three-and-a half years ago. He came back to his home town after acquiring a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Manitoba. “I first saw the distillery on a tour when I was a grade nine student at Gimli High School,” Desveaux said. “Having the distillery here has enabled my wife and I to come back and raise a family of four girls.” Scott Gudbjartson, a seven year employee with responsibilities for grain and rail car management, also says the distillery gave him and his family the chance to stay in the community. Both Gudbjartson and Matt Johnson, another young employee, are quick to mention Diageo's economic benefits to Gimli. “There are a lot of good jobs here,” said Johnson, a spare distilling operator and cleaner who hopes to go on to apprenticeship and trades training. Crown Royal has come a long way in the 71 years since Sam Bronfman presented the first bottle to King George and Queen Elizabeth on their private train as they crossed Canada. Only available in

Canada until 1964, it was introduced in the United States in 1965 and has since spread around the world. The brand has also developed high-end variations over the years, including Crown Royal Special Reserve, Crown Royal Extra Rare and Crown Royal Cask No. 16. The latest is Crown Royal Black, earmarked for the U.S. market to compete with bourbon whiskies. “It is currently being introduced into U.S. markets and there is a lot of excitement revolving around the brand,” Sundseth explained. The Gimli distillery produces 34 million litres of whisky a year, which translates into 545,000 cases of Crown Royal being placed on the market. “The name reflects the quality, tradition and heritage of the spirit,” says Vincent Dsouza, Canadian brand manager for Crown Royal. “Consumers love the smoothness and taste of Crown Royal that can be enjoyed straight or in simple, mixed drinks.”


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he Belted Kingfisher is widely distributed and regularly observed across North America. There are about 90 different species found around the world of which three are residents of North America. The Ringed Kingfisher and Green Kingfisher are found in South Texas, Arizona and Mexico. The Belted is the only kingfisher species found across Canada. In Manitoba, they range across the province as far north as the Taiga Shield and Hudson Plains. Solitary by nature, this kingfisher frequents streams, lakes, ponds and along lakeshores. It is often seen perched on a dead twig or hydro wire over clear, open water. I have found that one of the best locations to see a kingfisher is perched on the hydro line running parallel to the gravel road to Willow Island. In the fall, they migrate south as far as northern South America. However, if open water is available they will winter at latitudes that are more northern. Most casual observers recognize

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the Belted Kingfisher. Its field marks make it almost unmistakeable. The male is a blue-gray (slate) above with a blue-gray breast-band or belt. An immaculate white collar sets off the belt. The female may be distinguished from the male by a Rufous coloured belt and flanks. In the world of birds, there are only a few species where the female is more brightly coloured than the male. At 13” (33 cm), this kingfisher is a little larger than a robin, but smaller than a crow. It looks even larger because of its large head, heavy bill and short tail. Its short tail gives it a chunky or stubby appearance. Both sexes show a shaggy crest, “that sticks up like hair that the bird neglected to comb.” (Kieran) My wife Roberta and I have always thought the colour scheme of the female would be perfect for our cottage at Sandy Hook. Next time we upgrade, we are thinking of covering the exterior in a blue-gray siding, highlighted by a Rufous roof and set off by immaculate white framed windows and shutters. Because the kingfisher is solitary, you may first take notice of it from its call, a long, loud dry rattle as it flies by from one perch to another. Its flight is a series of uneven wing beats, that famed ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson described, “as if changing gear.” The sound of its call has been likened to that of “wooden whirligig rattles that children swing so vigorously when they reach the real noisemaking stage.” (Lemmon) The sound reminds me of one of those metal noisemakers you see people rotating when the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve or, perhaps at a kid’s hockey game. As its name implies the kingfisher is “king” among those bird species that are strictly fish-eaters. With the patience of Job, it sits and waits. When an unsuspecting minnow passes beneath, it drops like a stone from its perch and splash dives securing its prey in its stout bill. Slow-motion photography has shown that it sometimes completely sub-

merges itself in its pursuit of small fish. If not using the sit-and-wait strategy, the kingfisher can be observed hovering over open water and then plunging for its dinner as if making a high dive. Years ago, at the Whiteshell Trout Hatchery near West Hawk Lake, an enterprising kingfisher took to perching over the raceways where hundreds of fingerlings were just waiting to be snatched up. Hatchery staff finally had to cover the raceway with netting to prevent any further thievery. Did you know the Belted Kingfisher does not make a nest? Most people are surprised to learn that a kingfisher’s nest is a burrow in a sand or clay bank. The nest, which is really no nest at all, is found at the end of a long tunnel 3-6 feet (1-2 metres) in length, sometimes longer. The tunnel is usually located at the top of a bank. It is made by both ...contivnued on next page Thank you to Chris McConnell of Ajax, Ontario, for sharing her photo of the Belted Kingfisher, taken on August 28, 2009. You can see more of Chris’ beautiful photos on her Flickr photostream at:

sexes using their stout bills to loosen the clay, which is kicked out backward. The entrance to the burrow is about 4” (10 cm) in diameter, a little wider than its height. Years ago, when I was a kid, doing kid things, a friend and I discovered a kingfisher burrow at Grand Beach. I thought it would be great fun to take some Popsicle sticks and place them at the entrance of the burrow to make it look like a jail cell. Not a very smart thing to do. I am not sure if it was the male or female, but after cursing us with its dry rattle, divebombing us as we scurried back down the embankment, it landed at the entrance to its nest and made short work of those Popsicle sticks. With its heavy bill, it thrashed its head side-to-side until they were fully removed. Upon gaining back access to its home it dive-bombed us one more time as if warning us that they were not be fooled with. Belted Kingfishers lay 5-6, sometimes as many as eight, glossy white, smooth, nearly spherical eggs. Incubation by both sexes is 23-24 days. The young are naked after hatching. Food is brought to them and presented headfirst. The young leave the nest after about 30-35 days. There is usually only a single brood per nesting season.

“There is a lovely Greek legend about the origin of kingfishers. The story is that beautiful Halcyone, daughter of Aeolus, King of the Winds, married the young and handsome Ceyx, King of Trachinia, and that Ceyx shortly thereafter went on a voyage and was drowned. Not knowing this and longing for the return of her husband, Halcyone walked the seashore each day until one morning the waves washed her husband’s body to her feet. She was so overcome with sorrow that she threw herself into the sea. But as she did so, she and her dead husband were changed into kingfishers and flew off happily together. Now we refer to bright sunlit days on the water as “halcyon days” because of a Greek legend.” (Kieran) The Belted Kingfisher is listed as secure by the Manitoba Conservation Data Centre. However, we must remain vigilant so as not to lose the king of the fishers. Please do your part to help protect “Rattles” the Kingfisher.

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elcome to the Interlake and enjoy your stay!

Our communities along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg are exciting and diverse. A history rich in culture has helped to shape the Interlake area into the fascinating place it has become. We welcome you and hope that your discoveries and journeys are filled with adventure. My wife, Joanne, and I look forward to seeing many of you as we enjoy the upcoming events and celebrations throughout our communities.

by Gail McDonald


awn’s light streaks across the eastern shoreline of our vast “Inland Ocean,” Lake Winnipeg. The world of the Interlake, where residents are at one with nature, living by the rhythms of the water, welcomes visitors to its shores. The early morning hours are broken by the

sounds of nature, from the chirping of songbirds to the call of seagulls. Human sounds come next to break the silence of the morn. From early light to the golden hues of dazzling sunsets over Lake Manitoba, your day will unfold with exploring and adventuring or simply

relaxing on glorious sandy beaches in the warm Manitoba sunshine. Take in the water on either lake for stupendous fishing, great sailing, kayaking, canoeing or stretching those muscles over terrain among our trails. Are you a birder with a “must see list?” The Interlake is home to over 200 species of songbirds during summer. Havens for birding are found in the Lundar or Eriksdale areas or inland, along the Interlake Pioneer Trail: straight north from Grosse Isle on Hwy #6 to Fisher Branch on Hwy #17, through the heart of the Interlake. Hear the sights and sounds of nature up close at Oak Hammock Marsh, just north of Hwy #67, where families of ducks and geese seek refuge in this world-renowned wildlife centre. Take a canoe ride among the marshy waters; listen to a bull frog croak, do some critter dipping and learn the importance of each creature’s role in nature. The Interlakte boasts the largest concentration of red-sided garter

snakes in the world at Narcisse Snake Dens. Each spring, tens of thousands of snakes come out of hibernation from their limestone dens to mate, have their young, and to forage all summer before returning to the same dens each fall. This cycle of life is repeated each year with visitors from around the world as witness. If you wish to avoid the crowds in May, a visit in the fall, when the snakes return to their dens, is recommended. So dramatic and unique is this annual natural event, that in 2007 the Narcisse Snake Dens was nominated as one of Canada’s Seven Wonders. Magnificent limestone cliffs at Steep Rock on Lake Manitoba’s shore have formed over eons, with waves washing the rock, etching the limestone into awe-inspiring shapes, leaving behind the multi coloured pebbles that line the shore. Climb the rocks, swim in the waters or settle on a seat of stone to gaze upon families of loons or ducks. Take Hwy #68, to the Narrows of Lake Manitoba where the name “Manitoba” is framed in the history and lore of the “Great Spirit” Manitou. On nearby Manitou Island the sounds of waves crashing among the rocks sounds like the “Great Spirit.” From this, was born Manitoba. Come listen, explore and believe. Vibrant fur trade history, early Aboriginal & Scottish settlements at Lower Fort Garry NHS, and along the Red River, give way to River Road, long a path for travelers and settlers following the Red River. It remains the oldest highway in Manitoba still in use. Go past St. Andrews-on-the-Red, the oldest Anglican church in Western Canada, stop by the Captain Kennedy House, view the English gardens or, enjoy tea at the Maple Grove Tea Room. In Selkirk, visit the only Marine Museum on the prairies or, ride the heritage Prairie Dog Central Railway for a connection to the past. Icelandic history remains strong at Hecla, Gimli, Riverton & Arborg. Visit the museums and the Hecla Village to step back into the Icelandic way of life. Many Ukrainian settlers came to the heart of the Interlake, bringing their rich culture and delicious foods. The first Jewish settlement in Manitoba is found at Bender

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Hamlet, east of Narcisse. Discover Our Backyard with your GPS unit, geocaching the region in search of our“treasures” and to find a new ITA “Geocoin.” Festivals and events to suit all tastes, from rodeos to music, from cultural to agricultural gives you something new in all seasons. Come exploring our back country, our waters or our beaches. Take a trip with family and friends to find our “hidden treasures” of nature. It is never too late to have an Interlake Adventure!

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by Linda M. Goodman hether Kate Ferris is on stage, singing alongside fellow band members, hosting a community event or, telling one of her fascinating stories in the comfort of her home, one simply cannot look away. The sheer energy of her effervescent personality grabs you and draws you immediately into her colourful and fascinating world, a world that is rich with music, singing, storytelling and, above all, laughter. Spellbound, I’ve watched Ferris hold her own on stage alongside such luminaries of the entertainment industry as Fred Penner and Loreena McKennitt. Her disarming, wide-eyed expression, her mellifluous singing voice and impressive theatrical mannerisms hold her audience captivated. When reciting a rollicking Irish limerick or telling a funny story, her Irish and Swedish roots are revealed in the accents she wields dramatically while on stage. Quotes the Winnipeg Free Press: “Ferris may well be Winnipeg’s best singer in any genre, and her timing and delivery...would do any comic proud.” Ferris is a many-faceted musician and entertainer who is extremely proficient and equally comfortable playing the piano, guitar, ukulele or drums–instrumental skills she has contributed to successful recordings as well as national television and radio programs. A number of her short stories have been aired on CBC’s Radio Noon and she has twice appeared as a guest story-teller with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra narrating Tubby The Tuba and Peter The Wolf. At the

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height of her performing career, Ferris performed live, on stage, with Canada’s prestigious Symphony Orchestras as well as touring and performing extensively at folk festivals and concerts with her groups, The Blarney Band, Small Rooms, The Critter Family and The Rodeo Riders. A self-employed artist, born and raised in Manitoba, Ferris lives with her husband, Fred Casey, a Luthier, who builds guitars, in their country home in Winnipeg Beach. As a musical duo, they can be found serenading happy diners at Cronshaws Pub in Gimli or at the Whytewold Emporium in Dunnottar. Kate’s singing voice, if you have not yet had the pleasure to hear her perform, is reminiscent of folk singer, Mary Chapin Carpenter–melodious and lilting. Otherwise, Kate’s time is spent on the road, traveling to schools throughout the province, both early years and upper grades, teaching children music, songwriting, drama, creative movement and soundscaping through provincial programs such as Artists In The Schools as well as ArtSpeak and Learning Through The Arts. Although school music programs were lacking in Kate’s own youth, hers was a musical family with her mother playing piano, and her father, the sax. Marie Larson’s life was an inspiration to her daughter. Married at 38, Kate’s mother had a full life of her own before becoming a farmer’s wife.

“My mother encouraged me to buy my first guitar. It was from Eaton’s and was $19.99,” said Ferris, laughing at the memory. “I learned 3 chords, and played Farewell To Nova Scotia till it drove them crazy!” She credits her generous piano teacher, Joan McLeod, along with her choir/voice teacher, Myrtle Young, for giving her the important foundation for her musical career. Many of Kate’s songs are inspired by her life experiences, and time spent as a “farm girl.” Walking with her father one day, Kate noticed the colour of the sky. “My dad called it ‘sky-blue-pink’ saying he’d get a dress for me that colour,” she said. These are the “gifts” that Ferris absorbs and which weave their way through the rich and colourful tapestry of stories and songs that bring her the most happiness and inspire her best work. Knowing that others enjoy her stories and her music, is a great source of joy for Ferris. A woman once told her that one of her original songs was played at her mother’s funeral. Marie’s Forest was inspired by her own beloved mother, with whom Kate and Fred enjoy a wonderfully close relationship today. Before her professional musical career began, Ferris worked as a teacher in Thompson, Manitoba. When the music teacher left a few years later, Kate was encouraged to take the position, and thoroughly enjoyed teaching music for nine years. “I had found my niche,” she said with a smile. And Ferris clearly makes an important impact on the students with whom she works with. “Some kids have told me that they can be songwriters too, and that they are writing their own music now,” she said. Some still keep in touch, and tell her that they sing the songs she taught them to their own kids now. Others continue with their musical education, inspired by their talented teacher, who undoubtedly made an impression, even contacting Ferris for advice on songwriting or performing. Ferris continues to receive feedback from the students she works with today. “When I see the kids singing the songs they’ve written or acting out animations they’ve created, and I see that they’re proud of what they’ve done, that is the absolute best!! In a perfect world I’d be able to help put that look in every kid’s eyes,” said Ferris, who admits that she always feels humbled by the comments she receives. Colleague and good friend, Judy Cook, has seen Ferris in action and is always impressed with her “easy manner and way of relaxing students so they can more easily tap into their own artistic abilities.” While teaching in Thompson, Ferris took the initiative and stretched her musical and organizational talents and founded the popular Candlelight Coffee House. Every Sunday for four years, she both organized and performed along with other musicians.



“It was classic, the tables even had candles dripping down empty wine bottles. We had to drink a lot of wine for those candle holders!” laughed Kate. This group was the nucleus for the highly successful and long-running Thompson Folk Festival. Ferris’ own musical influences include folk artists Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dougie McLean, Connie Kaldor and countless others. Her own songwriting technique varies and Ferris notes that the melody and lyrics tend to happen simultaneously. “I think we’re influenced by every musician we hear. Who knows, maybe some of my songs have hints of Chopin, The Shirelles, Bob Marley or Frank Zappa! My muse is quite eccentric. I’m never sure what she’s going to do next, or when she’ll deign to make her appearance. Just my luck to get a finicky muse!” Kate Ferris has enchanted audiences across the country with her delightful wit, humor and musical talents. For 10 years, beginning in 1992, she toured Canada and the U.S. with the spirited 3-woman Canadian Content Theatre Co., to deliver a hugely successful series of children’s concerts with mime, music and storytelling, backed by some of Canada’s Symphony Orchestras’. She and partners, Judy Cook and Heidi Hunter, rehearsed for 2 hours in the morning, then deliver one-hour performances that same afternoon, under intense pressure. “It was simply phenomenal to have that amazing orchestral sound behind you up on stage,” explained Ferris. In Vancouver that night, things would come full circle for Kate. Having her parents and 15 other family members in the audience validated her choice of career at a time when she had taken a grand leap of faith to follow her heart. “My father was 90 years old, and was there with my family to watch me perform on stage with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. I was performing live, original material and singing my song, Wanna Be A Farmer, written for my father, who thought music would ultimately be only a hobby for me. There were lots of happy tears and hugs in the dressing room that night, and my family was finally able to see that an artist can find gainful employment,” said Kate, with a huge smile on her face. The show must go on. The consummate professional, these are words Ferris understands well. Whether performing during a black-out with lamp-light, knocking out a hotel breaker in Vancouver while blow-drying wet, purple dinosaur costumes (pre-Barney!), or marshalling the troops and keeping a room full of children under control, Kate’s talents are boundless. This is classic Kate Ferris. Always prepared. Always professional. It is not unusual for her to write original lyrics for a song, then perform that song the next day in public, all within a day’s notice. A challenge for any self-employed artist is to strike a balance between keeping one’s calendar full and knowing where to draw the line and make time for herself. Ferris, who is by nature very generous, will work pro bono for organizations she feels respect and understand how she works. At the Relay For Life, she donated back her honorarium to the cause she was working for. Kate welcomes invitations to host events or perform for children or adult audiences and will gladly discuss the details regarding her fees and her schedule. She can be reached at 389-2024 or

he old cliché, “never judge a Chinese sumi ink, pigment ink, waterbook by its cover,” rings color, ink, acrylic ink, and pointed pen incredibly true with the New and brush on watercolor paper. Iceland Heritage Museum’s dynamic Harris has been working and trainexhibit, The Art of The Book ‘08. ing in the many facets of visual art and Executive Director of the museum, book arts, including print making for Tammy Axelsson says, “The exhibit is the past fourteen years. She moved to a wonderful representation of how art the Gimli area six years ago and for the enriches every aspect of our daily past four years has been focusing on lives.” The museum hosts three to five producing and submitting her work travelling exhibits a year. which is now being selectCurated and organed for exhibits. “I am ized by Susan V. Corrigan quite honoured to have and Shelagh Smith of the my work in this exhibithe Canadian Book Binders tion,” said Harris, who and Book Arts Guild, the has a love for literature art exhibit includes a wide and traditional calligravariety of book arts with phy. Jacqueline also says, of 78 works by 70 interna“Working in these areas is tional book artists from a tremendous process; the Canada, the United States, every, single if, and, or England, and Japan. The but, must be considered categories for the exhibito bring the work to life. book tion include fine binding, The same dedication can calligraphy, fine printing, be seen in the commitpaper making, paper decoment of the viewers, who rating, box making and artists’ books. are engaged by these pieces.” As well, the exhibition includes six Running from June 27 – Sept 27 award-winning pieces in a variety of this juried exhibition of members' book arts categories. work from the Canadian Bookbinders “We are thrilled to have The Art of and Book Artists Guild is a must see! the Book on display at the New Iceland Pieces range from traditional to Heritage Museum and we are particucutting edge contemporary creating a larly pleased that there is a local convisually interesting, intellectually stimnection,” said Axelsson. “Pocket of ulating, and exciting exhibit. These Water”, 18.9 x 29.55 cm., is the piece beautiful and functional objects will created by local artist Jacqueline intrigue you. Harris. Her mediums were graphite, - Kerri Taverner


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS - GIM LI & Arts, Crafts & History Year Round - GIMLI ART CLUB In the heart of the Interlake’s artistic community Harbourfront. Exhibiting works by many diverse and talented artists, for over 40 years. Open daily in summer, or by appointment, off-season. The Sea Wall Gallery is known to be the largest over-water gallery in Canada–open all year long. You might even catch an artist at work in the summer months. For info on the Gimli Art Club and its artists, visit 642-8217 3 Centre St., Harbourfront. May 1 start - “Youthful Inspirations” New Iceland Heritage Museum - Exhibit presented by Gimli Public Art Committee. Features the work of three young artists who are actively pursuing a career in the fine arts: Eric Arnason, Jodi Dunlop and Anthony Nelson, who grew up in this community. 642-4001 May 21 - October 30 “Manitoba’s Magnificent Interlake” - The H2O Guide’s 2nd Annual Photo Contest. $2300 in Prizes to be won!! Inspired by the provincial Manitoba Homecoming 2010 initiative. Anyone can enter up to three (3) views of the beautiful Interlake area of Manitoba - think adventure, Lake Winnipeg, nature, landscape, wildlife, culture, events, macro, flora and fauna! Our all-digital process makes entering easy and fun. Visit and click on “Photo Contest” for all the details. May 29 - Joint Cultural Event - Come and go 1-4 pm. Free entry. A “vignette” of homegrown talent - Lady of the Lake Theatre in the New Iceland Heritage Museum. The first collaboration of WINNBAC Coop Visual Artists; Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group Writers and Poets; A-Spire Theatre/Gimli Theatre Assoc. - Musicians, and Actors. Contact: 389-5633 June to September - Ponemah Beach Central Art Centre & Dunnottar CPR Beach Station Museum - Railway St. & Central Ave in the Village of Dunnottar (Ponemah). Ponemah Painting Group–Wed 1-4 pm. Ponemah Quilters Group–Thur 1-4 pm - Instructor, Elaine Twanow. Station Museum open weekends 10 am to 5 pm. Weekend art shows: The Artful Hat (bring in your hat), Textile Show, The Wave Tour, Fibre Fest Show, Ponemah Painting Group Artists Show, and the Annual Quilt Show. Contact: Betty Jackson: Register: or, call 389-5682

June 27 - Sept 27 “Art of the Book” New Iceland Heritage Museum - Exhibit includes 78 diverse works by 70 book artists from Canada, the US, and Japan. Unique artworks feature: Papermaking; Paper Decorating (including marbling); Fine Binding; Calligraphy; Box Making; Fine Printing and Artists' Handmade Books. Traditional to cutting edge contemporary pieces in a visually interesting, intellectually stimulating exhibit. For information, phone 642-4001 or visit June 27- H. Rogue Raiders Studio Gallery / Fine Art Gallery at Boundary Creek GALLERY OPEN HOUSE Winnipeg Beach 3 – 5 pm. Ceramics, pottery, glass ware, glass jewellery, and photography. New works and old favorites–5 artists, 5 different media plus, paintings by “Pelican Painter,” Helma RogueRaiders. For info: 389-5633 or, July 3 - 4 Creative Contemplations Under The Old Apple Tree - H. Rogue Raiders Studio. The first in a series of art workshops–draw, paint, and sketch from live subjects abounding in country life and adventures in the field. Instructor: Helma RogueRaiders. Info & fees: 389-5633 or Also offered on July 5-6, Aug 7-8, Aug 9-10 July 3 - 4 Summer Craft & Trade Show Free Admission, Silent Auction. Gimli Rec Centre, Centennial Rd. 642-6670 Sept 4 - 5 Watch the 9th WAVE ! Self-guided Artists' Studio Tour - west shores of Lake Winnipeg. 10am – 6pm. Free. 782-3077 Sept 25 - 26 Fall Craft & Trade Show Free Admission, Silent Auction. Gimli Rec Centre, Centennial Rd. 642-6670 Oct 21 - The Gimli Icelandic Canadian Society and the New Iceland Heritage Museum invite you to the annual “Walk to the Rock”- A commemorative walk along the shores of Lake Winnipeg to The White Rock, the site where the first Icelandic immigrants arrived by barge. Join us and celebrate the establishment of New Iceland, a unique chapter in Canadian History. Starts at the Museum, 94-1st Ave, Gimli. Return for refreshments. 642-4001 Oct. 24 - Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village – Fall Supper & Membership Drive. For info call: Pat at 376-5079 or, Barb at 376-5653

June 12 - Heritage Day, Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village. For info call: Pat 376-5079 or, Barb 376-5653

Festivals & Entertainment

June 12 - 13 Watch the 9th WAVE ! Self-guided Artists' Studio Tour–west shores of Lake Winnipeg, 10 am-6 pm. Free. 782-3077

Enjoy the Gimli Harbour Music Series every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Begins on July 3rd, runs through Sept long weekend - Gimli Harbourfront.

May 28 - “A Little Night Music” - The Winnipeg Chamber Music Society and Prairie Ocean Centre of the Arts present an evening of enchanting music. Featuring performances by: Gwen Hoebig, violin; Karl Stobbe, violin; Daniel Scholz, viola; Yuri Hooker, cello; and David Moroz, piano. 7:30 pm at Johnson Hall. Tickets $20 available at Tergesen’s & NIHM. June 4 - Dancing Demo with Christiaan and Deborah - 8 pm at the Gimli Park Pavilion. After the demo, sign up for one or more of three, four-week classes which run from 8-9 pm on Fridays, from June to August. Call 642-6670 for more info. June 12 - Steak BBQ - Call for tickets or info: Royal Canadian Legion 642-8824 June 13 - Under the Boardwalk Show ‘n Shine - Summer Car Show - 7pm in Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 June 13 - Gimli Shriners Fish Fry - info: June 19 - 44th Annual Manitoba Highland Gathering - Selkirk Park, Selkirk, MB. Come rain or Shine. Bring your lawn chairs! Experience the centuriesold Scottish tradition of colour and pageantry! Check out our website for more: or, call 204-757-4007

and hotdogs. Family games and entertainment. For information: 642-5703 July 1 - Noon - Canada Day Celebrations Family fun day with “Adam T. Elvis” and Fireworks, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 July 1 - “Adam T Elvis Tribute” 7pm Outdoor Stage, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 July 1st - Canada Day Celebrations Free Admission to the New Iceland Heritage Museum, 10 am - 4 pm 642-4001 July 2 - “The Christy Kim Band” 7pm Outdoor Stage, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 July 3 - “Echo Park” - Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 July 10 - “Kimberly Dawn” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 July 10 - Children's Fishing Derby at Gimli Harbour. Limited to first 100 kids. Same day registration at Gimli Harbour at 9 am. Derby begins at 10 am and goes until 1pm. Call Vicki 642-7929 or, 641-4000. Rain date July 11th. July 11 - Cruisin' Gimli Beach Car Show Get up close to see awesome vintage, classic and modern specimens of car perfection on Centre Street in Gimli. Call Bob Forzley at 642-9481 or John Hykawy at 642-7554 for more info.

June 26 - “Prairie Crocus” at 7 pm. Live band on the Outdoor Stage, Winnipeg Beach 389-5126

July 16 - 18 Boardwalk Days - Annual festival with Wonder Shows, street vendors & Fireworks! Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126

June 26 - Bands on the Boardwalk Scottish Festival with Heavy Games in Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126

July 17 - “Slim Jim” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126

June 27 - Sept 5 Regular church services every Sunday at 11am at Hecla Community Church, Hecla Island Provincial Park. Contact: John & Maxine Ingalls, Lot 20, Hecla 279-2061 June 30 - Canada Day Fireworks A magnificent fireworks display at the Gimli Harbour at night, plus free musical entertainment at Gimli's Pier to kick off the Canada Day festivities 642-5703 July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast - Gimli Park 8-11 am. Parade -11am from corner of 6th Ave, down Centre St. to Gimli Park for Ceremony and birthday cake inside the Pavilion. Kinsmen Fish Fry, FREE drinks

July 17 - Gimli Strongman Competition on Gimli beach. Info: July 17 - Lobsterfest Gimli. July 21 - 25 10th Anniversary of Annual Gimli Film Festival showcases the best new work of independent film. Canadian and International Features, Documentaries and Shorts screened in three indoor venues. Meet guest celebrities and/or filmmakers who will also participate in Question & Answer sessions and industry events. Free Nightly screenings on Gimli's north beach on a 35’ screen situated in the water. Bring chairs and blankets! Tickets available from July 12 at Festival headquarters. 642-8846 or check the website for more:

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WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2010 GIMLI PIER: 7 pm Entertainment: Without A Trace Dusk: Canada Day FIREWORKS THURSDAY, July 1, 2010 - CANADA DAY! GIMLI PARK: 8am - 11am Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 11am - From Corner of 6th Ave, down Centre St., to Gimli Park PARADE for: Ceremony & Birthday Cake - Inside Park Pavilion Kinsmen Fish Fry FREE Drinks & Hot Dogs Contact: 642-5703 Family Games & Entertainment

BEACHES - 2010 July 24 - 25 Arborg Fair & Rodeo, Arborg. July 24 - “South Thunderbird” Outdoor Stage, 7pm. Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 July 30 - Aug 2 The 121st Icelandic Festival - “Íslendingadagurinn,” one of Canada's largest ethnic celebrations with authentic costumes and cooking. Parade, fireworks, concerts, fine art show & more. Souvenir program available everywhere with all event details. 642-7417 July 30 - Aug 2 - Viking Village on the “Harbour Hill Meet this spirited group of professional costumed Vikings and artisans and learn all about “The Viking Way.” Authentic costumes, cooking, battle & lifestyle reenactments. Brought to Gimli by the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. July 31 - “Off the Cuff ” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 July 31 - Country Music at the Leigh Cochrane Memorial Centre - Fisher River, MB. Enjoy Live Music, Dance, Comedians, Fireworks. Call 645-3733 for more info. Aug 1 - Gospel Music at the Leigh Cochrane Memorial Centre, Fisher River, MB. Music, Dance, Comedians, fireworks. Call 645-3733 for more info. Aug 1 - Hecla Village Parade at 1pm. Part of Manitoba Homecoming 2010 events including lots of unique and imaginative floats. After the parade, join in the fun with children's games and activities. BBQ smokies and drinks, craft display and sales, in and around the Hecla Hall. Don’t miss it!!

Aug 21 - “Jimmy G. & the Doo Wops” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Wpg. Beach - 389-5126 Aug 21 - Pig Roast & Dance Reservations: Royal Canadian Legion, 642-8824 Aug 28 - “After All These Years” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach 389-5126 Aug 29 - “Blessing of the Fleet”- 11am Fishermen's service at Hecla Community Church - to commemorate past and present fishers with a large display of photos and lunch to follow. Everyone invited. Contact: John & Maxine Ingalls at 279-2061 Sept 4 - “Deputy” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 Sept 4 - "Colors Of Grace" Fashion Jewelry Show, 7pm - Hecla Community Church. A unique “Ladies Night” with Jodi Faith, International Ambassador of the Humanitarian Aide Foundation - Work For Widows - in Sri Lanka. Sept 5 - Old Timers Dance - Gimli Park Pavilion. Bands – The Canadian Rhythm Masters and Female Beat. For more information, call 642-6670. Sept 5 - Last regular church service for 2010 at Hecla Community Church, 11 am. Keynote speaker, country singer, Jodi Faith, 9-time winner–Country Gospel Music Assoc. of Branson, Missouri & 2008 European MOR Female Artist of the Year. Sept 5 - Outdoor Music Concert at Gull Harbour Marina with Jodi & Rick Faith, 2 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Call John & Maxine Ingalls - 279-2061

Aug 1 - “Dust Rhino’s ” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126

Sept. 5 - “Without a Trace” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126

Aug 7 - “Robert Allan Wrigley” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126

Sept 11 - Harvest Fest - Annual fall festival with crafters and Farmer’s Market. Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126

Aug 14 - “Kool Runnin’s” Outdoor Stage, 7pm, Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126 Aug 14 - Manitoba Elvis Fest - Aug 13 - 15 Gimli Model Fest - 7th Anniversary! Saturday afternoon, enjoy the "Fun Fly." On Sunday, capture the excitement of the model air show! Don't miss it! For more info: Contact Randy Bohemier 642-7850 or Todd Shulba 204-344-5848.

Sept 18 - Bud, Spud & Steak Night - Live Band. 9pm – 2am. For tickets or more info: call the Royal Canadian Legion, 642-8824 Nov 11 - Remembrance Day Service 10:30 am Gimli High School - Presented by the Gimli Royal Canadian Legion. Nov 26 - Christmas on the Bandstand Annual festival with carolers, bonfires and more. Winnipeg Beach - 389-5126


Sports Events

May 29 - New Facility! Grand Opening Charity Gala Fundraiser - Evergreen Basic Needs -Gaming Tables, Live Auction, Silent Auction, Player’s Choice Raffle, Dinner and Dance, Live Entertainment & much more! For more info. call 642-7388

Gimli Yacht Club - Summer 2010 Dinghy sailing lessons for beginner and advanced sailors, ages 6 to adult. For more information on lessons or GYC memberships, visit

May 29 - Manitoba Motorcycle “Ride for Dad”- 10th Anniversary! An Army of Chrome and Leather, Fighting Prostate Cancer - From Winnipeg, tour passes through Selkirk, Gimli & Lockport - ends back in Winnipeg. Box lunch, Hog Roast, Music, Poker & Prizes! To register: or call 204-344-1666 June 11 - Viking Open Golf Tournament Texas Scramble with a dinner to follow. Presented by the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Call 642-7417 to register. Aug 6 - 8 Rotary Club Book Sale Annual sale in Gimli. info: Sept 12 - Terry Fox Run - Join the annual fundraiser for Cancer Research. Noon at Gimli Park. Call 642-6670. Sept 19 - Parkinson’s SuperWalk 2010 In memory of Leo Kristjanson. Register 9am; walk begins 9:30 am at Gimli Public School, 2nd Avenue. Pledge forms everywhere and at October 23 - New Iceland Heritage Museum’s Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner in the magnificent Johnson Hall, overlooking Lake Winnipeg. Musical entertainment, great silent auction prizes! For more details, 642-4001 or,

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Keel Boat Sailing Lessons for all ages, for boys and girls. Visit Prairie Ocean Cruising at or Trail Rides Cowboy Camp - Day camp for kids 5-10 years. Tumbleweeds Ranch. 643-5523 Equestrian Camp - Week long experience for girls 10-17 years. Tumbleweeds Ranch. 643-5523 Zumba Fitness with Jan Keryluk - Ditch The Workout and Join The Party! Get fit with Zumba Jan on Gimli beach (weather permitting) Info: Gimli Beach Volleyball - Tues & Thurs evenings on Gimli Beach. Sign up – don’t just watch! Call Christine Fehler 642-5299 or email: Or, catch us on twitter – tweetgimlibvb. Aug 15 & 21 - Gimli Minor Hockey Week-long camps for girls and boys. Gimli Rec Centre 642-7862 August 14 - Jerry Johnson Memorial Lawnbowling Tournament. Gimli & District Lawnbowling Club - 642-7117 Aug 27 - 29 Rona MS Bike Tour “Biking to the Viking” then party on the beach afterwards! Contact,


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he Gimli Recreation Department, the Recreation Centre, Sport Park and the Gimli Heritage Park and Pavilion continue to offer sports, recreation, leisure and social opportunities for all ages which are the focal point of the community year round. The Recreation Department embraces the diverse needs of the community by serving as a vehicle for individuals and groups to participate in and enjoy a full range of activities and experiences. The Recreation Centre, in particular, is an all-in-one sporting venue, meeting place, community hall, fitness centre and recreation and leisure centre. “Recreation, fitness, active living, parks and arts/culture all contribute to mental health – reducing stress, reducing depression and contributing to emotional and physical well being.” (“Benefits Catalogue”, Canadian Parks and Recreation Org.) The benefits derived from enhanced sports and recreational opportunities are numerous: personal, social, economic and environmental. Participating in team sports can bestow a tremendous sense of self-worth and belonging. “Recreation is an essential service that can alleviate or lesson the impact of negative behavior or problems. Leisure opportunities must be provided for people in their communities to help prevent negative leisure time pursuits.” ( Dr. Neil Winther) Not only does the Recreation Department offer a full range of sports activities, such as hockey, curling, figure skating, soccer, baseball and gymnastics, but also serves up other valuable programs such as guitar lessons, Red Cross swimming lessons, yoga, pilates and group fitness. New spring programs include a fitness boot camp, dance classes and the start of a summer beach volleyball league, spearheaded by Christine Fehler. Individuals wanting to “shape up” can check out our fully equipped fitness centre, located in the lower lever of the Rec Centre.


Many special events, such as the MS Bike-athon, spring and fall craft sales, annual book fair, car club swap meet, high school graduation, Elvis Fest, Vegas Night and the Activity and Wellness Expo, are hosted by the Recreation Department. Once the curling ice is removed in April, the space is transformed into a hall, perfect for large wedding socials and special events such as the Shriner’s annual Fish Fry and the Rotary Club’s annual Lobsterfest. The Pavilion in the Heritage Park with its history and ambience is the perfect site for summer weddings. It is also home of the annual Olde Time Dance. This year the Pavilion received a facelift with the addition of new and expanded washrooms, which can be accessed for both indoor and outdoor activities. Our Summer Day Camp Program is expanding this year and will take place in the Pavilion and Heritage Park site. With the spray park on the property, this is an ideal location for the weekly, fun-filled and exciting summer camp adventures for children of all ages. Summer hockey ice will be installed in mid-August, in time to host at least two, separate hockey skills camps, as well as numerous tryout camps and recreational hockey events. Summer 2010 will be the first year of operation for the new state of the art Skateboard Park located at the Gimli Recreation Centre site. Be sure to by Dave Harcus check it out! The Gimli Recreation Department enjoys a great relationship with the Evergreen School Division. A Joint Use Agreement means that both parties have free access to each other’s respective facilities. So, on any given school day you may see grade seven students curling or high school students earning a Phys. Ed credit by playing hockey during Phys. Ed classes. Erika Goodman was hired in 2009 as a programmer and she has significantly expanded the programming opportunities for youth, adults and seniors. The staff and management within the department are fortunate in having a great working relationship with the service clubs, sports organizations and the countless volunteers involved in sports and recreation within the community. For more information on any programs or suggestions for new programs and activities, please drop by the office located at the Recreation Centre, 45 Centennial Road West, or phone 642-6670. Our web site at has even more updated information. Have a great summer! 5 ON MAP, PAGE 21

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howcasing the multicultural history of rural life and farm communities the Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village is a working museum focusing on the Interlake region prior to 1930. This spring, the Heritage Village committee is erecting an 1800 square foot interpretive centre to house displays and provide a more in-depth tour experience for visitors. The new interpretive centre will be a welcome addition to the expanding Heritage Village and will enable the board to also offer stimulating travelling exhibits for visitors to enjoy. The Village was developed to depict and showcase the history of the area in a working, living, historical village and has quickly become a popular tourist destination. The numerous rich and varied cultures of the Arborg area are represented in the Village. The Village depicts the Native culture as it influenced and greatly assisted the first settlers to the area, those being Icelanders, Ukrainians, and Germans. This co-operation between the cultures will eventually be symbolized with a Circle of Friends statue being erected in the village itself, representative of their bond to earth and mankind. There were a few rather exciting days in the beginning of December, 2009 as three old buildings - two Ukrainian homes and a beautiful old grist mill, were transported safely along the highway all the way from the former Winnipeg Beach Ukrainian Homestead Museum, located in the Winnipeg Beach Park. These welcome new additions were placed on newly constructed foundations as they moved into the village. The two new homes, the school and the grist mill will be restored this summer. You are invited to visit and watch or, if your prefer, to join in with the volunteers working on the buildings. The Village now boasts: three Icelandic homes, a Polish home, two Ukrainian homes, a Ukrainian Catholic Parish Hall, the Poplar Heights School from Warren, MB, the Bjami Church, the Hykawy grist mill, a Ukrainian bake oven, two teepee’s, a railway caboose and foreman’s car, plus a 22 site camp ground. The site is truly beginning to look like a village from the early 1900 era. All, saving the three new buildings, have been restored and contain many furnishings that were original to the building or home. To date, over 32,000 hours of volunteer labour have gone into the restoration of the buildings on-site as well as yard preparations. The board of directors for the Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village believe that,

“dreams are what build a community; teamwork is what expedites the job, and commitment is what gets the job done! With hard work, commitment & dedication to the project, continued fundraising and volunteering efforts, we are accomplishing it.” If you are interested in working with this fascinating heritage organization, or would like more information about the Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village, please call 204-376-5079 or, 204-376-5653. History awaits in Arborg and is accessible from Highway # 7 or Highway # 8. Just imagine stepping into the past and walking in the footsteps of the first settlers of the area. During seasonal operating hours, interpreters dressed in period costumes will captivate you with the charming history and stories that accompany each building as they guide you around the site. If you close your eyes you can almost hear the voices of the pioneers and imagine what went on in these buildings 100 years ago. Start your tour in the office of the first home, The Sigvaldason House. Eager guides are eager to greet you, so travel out to Arborg and let your adventure begin!

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O ut of the city, out of the ordinar y

Visit year-round to enjoy: • wildlife and bird viewing • fun, interactive programs • friendly, knowledgeable staff and more!

Just 45 minutes south of Gimli.

For more information, contact: Ph: (204) 467-3300 Toll free: 1-888-50MARSH (62774) 18 ON MAP, PAGE 19


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Amma’s Tearoom & Gift Shop Waterfront Centre, 94- 1st Ave., Gimli / 642-7232 It’s time for tea! We offer heartier fare for lunch and dinner. Relax and enjoy the serene surroundings of our tearoom with one of our specialty teas with scones & preserves. Indulge in one of our scrumptious desserts. Browse through the multitude of hand crafted gifts, objects of interest. And there is nothing finer than dining alfresco with friends under a canopy of green vines on our Outdoor Patio.

Blue Dolphin Lounge - South Beach Casino & Resort / One Ocean Drive Scanterbury, Manitoba 1-204-766-2100 or 1-877-775-8259 Featuring free live entertainment, playing your favorites from Country to Classic Rock every Friday and Saturday evening. Enjoy a delicious Beer & Steer dinner for only $10.00 (available from 3pm till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). Lounge hours of operation: 11am to 2am, everyday except Sundays from Noon to 2am. Brennivins Pizza Hus 70 First Ave., Gimli / 642-5555 Featuring Wing nights Mon & Wed. All you can eat buffet Thursday. Tons of tasty appetizers. We offer a great wine selection that goes great with our specialty pizzas! Licensed Dine-In & Patio, Take out and Delivery. Sun-Thurs 4pm - 11pm, Fri-Sat 4pm – 1am. Comodo Chinese Restaurant 81-1st Avenue, Gimli / 642-1888 Gimli's only Harbourfront Chinese restaurant, located across from the Lakeview Resort Entrance. Extended hours for the summer with daily Lunch and Dinner Buffets. Fully licensed dinning room and patio; take out and catering. Join us on our outdoor patio with fireplace - enjoy the harbourfront weekend bands. Reservations recommended. Free public Parking at rear.



Eldhús Restaurant - 285 Main Street Arborg MB / 204-376-5453 or (Toll Free) 877-376-5453. Eldhús is a casual family restaurant, with menu selections that change seasonally, located on the lower level of the newly built Arborg Hotel. Seats 30 inside with a large patio open during summer months. We offer something for every member of your family–daily for lunch and dinner, Monday Saturday. Eldhus also offers take-out. Call today at 204-376-5453 ext 2. Highway 8 Service Station 9800 HWY #8 / 1-204-886-3898 Breakfast 6 am-11am, Lunch & Dinner menus featuring traditional local fare including Bannock, Elk Stew, Bison and Pickerel. Breakfast & Coffee Club. Fresh baked goods available – specializing in pies and pastries. Yes, we cater. Invite us to your party! Every long weekend – Hog & Steer Roast (weather permitting.) Interac, VISA, MasterCard or AMEX accepted. Kaffe Haus Centre & Third Ave., Gimli / 642-9555 Under new ownership. Located in the lighthouse mall. Fully licensed Dining Room & Outdoor Patio. Serving specialty coffees, smoothies, breakfast, lunch, wine and draft. Open late Fri. & Sat.

Lil B’s 1/2 mile north Riverton on #8 HWY / 1-204-378-5223 Licensed family restaurant with great food. Everything from pizza, finger food, home cooked meals and something for the health conscious. Come in and try our signature wild rice soup and bannock or tea biscuit. Free Wi-Fi. 24 flavors of soft ice cream. Open Sunday 9 am - 9 pm and Monday to Sat 6:30am to 9:30. Fuel up at our Fas Gas Plus pumps. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Debit. Mango's Restaurant - South Beach Casino & Resort, One Ocean Drive Scanterbury, Manitoba / Call 1-204-766-2100 or 1-877-775-8259 We offer exceptional cuisine including many Canadian and tropical favorites. Enjoy our lavishly stocked International buffet, seven days a week. Our Specialty Seafood Feast Buffet Thursdays (4:30pm – 10pm.). Prime Rib Buffet - Saturdays (4:30pm – 11pm). Sunday Brunch Buffet (12 pm – 3pm). And daily Mango’s Dinner Specials: Monday Nights–All you can eat Ribs. Tuesday Nights–16oz T-bone Steak for $9.77. Wednesday Nights– Steak & Lobster $14.44 Mango’s is open 7am–10pm Sunday to Thursday and 7am to 11pm Friday & Saturday.

Cronshaws Pub 42 Centre Street, Gimli / 642-7197 Delicious healthy food. No deep fryer. Good times, great food, great atmosphere. No Vlts. Live Music every weekend! Check out our Menu and Music on our Facebook Fan Page! Open Year Round. Bring your friends!


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food with a view

Located in the Lakeview Resort Gimli Good food. Great service. Beachfront view. 10 Centre Street 204 642 4145 3 ON MAP, PAGE 21

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Mask Restaurant / Mask Pizza Express 129 - 7th Ave. Gimli / 642-4727 Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in our casual and Fine Dining rooms. Choose from homemade pasta, burgers, pastries and special entrees made fresh, daily, by our world-class Chefs. Licensed. Reservations strongly recommended. Eat alfresco on our screenedin, all-weather outdoor patio. Mask Pizza Express (order On-Line!) offers homemade, Italian-style pizza made with fresh dough, delivered within a 10-mile radius. Live music, weekend specials, birthday parties, business meetings, catering. Wide selection of fine wines. Air-conditioned. Free wireless. Paco’s Pizza & Checkers Country Fried Chicken / 98-3rd Ave, Gimli 642-4151 or 642-8742 Pizza by the slice or pick up dinner for the family! Fresh pizza dough made daily. Chicken wings & Checkers Fried Chicken. NEW–Baked sub sandwiches, spring rolls, and perogies. NEW – Coffee, Cappuccino, Slushies & 24 Flavours of Soft Ice Cream. Home of G&C Grocery & Amazing Video Rentals. Radisson Hecla Resort - 45 mins. north of Gimli / Follow Hwy 8 to PR 234 Reservations /204-279-2041 Join us in L'Enoteca Fine Dining or our casual ROK Restaurant and Lounge for delectable eats, masterminded by our Executive Chef and his culinary team. Enjoy our stunning views of the lake and golf course from the restaurant and terraces. A private dining room is also available as are outdoor BBQ's. Reykjavik Bakery - Lighthouse Mall, Centre St, Gimli / 642-7598 The newly opened Reykjavik Bakery in the Lighthouse Mall specializes in Icelandic and European style breads and baked products, made from

scratch, on-site. Our customers can enjoy breakfast, sandwiches, coffees and freshly baked, in-store products. We only use natural ingredients. Special orders - please call ahead or email us at Open daily, year round. Seagull’s / Lakeview Resort 10 Centre St., Gimli / 642-4145 The menu includes fresh, local fish, steaks, pastas, chicken, schnitzel, fresh salads and more. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor patio overlooks Gimli Harbour on beautiful Lake Winnipeg. The Pier / Lakeview Resort 10 Centre St., Gimli / 642-4145 Gimli’s newest place to drink and dine featuring a cosmopolitan atmosphere with family friendly service. Full menu including tasty appetizer menu. Specialty coffees and a full range bar. Daily summer drink specials. Enjoy the harbourview from our outdoor patio. The Sands Beach Café 19 S. Lakeshore Drive, Spruce Sands Resort - Arnes / 642-5761 Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at our lakefront café, which has a Wi-Fi hot spot for your convenience. Our bakery offers homemade cinnamon buns, pies, pastries and desserts. For the ice cream lover we offer more than16 flavours of hard ice cream and over 24 flavours of soft ice cream. Open 9 am-9 pm daily.

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Pier relaxation. Come unwind in our newly named and renovated lounge featuring: » VLT’s » Full menu » Specialty coffees » Daily food and drink specials » Outdoor patio with a harbour view Open daily from noon-midnight.

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Whytewold Emporium 190 Gimli Rd., Whytewold, Mb. Reservationss / 389-4567 Experience the old world flavor of thin crust pizza, baked to perfection in our wood-fired oven. Our traditional crêpes are prepared on cast-iron grills by artisans that truly enjoy making great food. Summer weekend BBQ specials, baby back ribs, chicken & roast beef on a bun. Listen to the local musicians while you browse our great selection of silver and semi-precious gem jewellery, bedding plants & antiques. See for seasonal hours & events calendar. Viking Bistro Centre & Hwy 9, Gimli / 642-5170 Located in the Viking Inn. The Viking Bistro has an assortment of entrées, serving many varieties of seafood and steak with our main items including foreign wild meats like exotic Alligator and Kangaroo! Come and enjoy world class dining at the VIKING BISTRO.

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Arborg Nic Nacs & Flowers Susie Eyolfson 281 Main St. Arborg / 376-5023 With 18 years in the floral & gift industry, Susie keeps the selection amazing & the floral designs a pleasure to receive. LUG, Bradford Exchange, Willowtree, Cherished Teddies, Webkinz, Solitude CD’s, Enchanted Meadow, Comfort Candles, Soy Harvest Candles, purses, jewellery, plants, ‌..and so much more. Stop by‌.it’s a great shop to spend some time in. C. F. Casey Guitars & Kate Ferris 3028 Prout Rd, Winnipeg Beach 389-2024 / Toll Free 1-866-389-2024



Custom-designed stringed instruments. Master Luthier, Fred Casey, has been building fine stringed instruments for over 35 years. Custom orders for guitars, ukuleles, banjos, dulcimers, bouzoukis, and more. Quality repairs and restorations. Free estimates. By appointment only. “Hear The Sound That Quality Makes!â€? Fred and Kate can be reached at or, by email at: Be sure to visit their fascinating workshop during The Wave Tour. Deals For Dollars 16 Centre Street, Gimli / 642-9183 Stop in and meet the friendly staff and browse through the Interlake's Best Dollar Store. Housewares, home dĂŠcor accessories, beauty, giftware, stationery, toys, fishing gear and beach accessory departments. Join their 55+ club. Open every day.




Diamond Beach – Gimli Florist 77E First Avenue, Gimli / 642-8001 An attractive boutique featuring unique jewelry, diamonds, quality giftware, fresh flowers and wedding flowers. Located in Lakeview Resort. 1 ON MAP PAGE 17



Don’s Photo / 204-942-7887 1839 Main Street, Winnipeg Complete Photographic Solutions. Cameras, gear, accessories, photofinishing. Spoil yourself with expert service you can afford. Three convenient Winnipeg locations including: 410 Portage Ave. at 204-942-3143 and

“Worth it.�

That’s what people say. The only problem with Blundstone boots is that they never seem to wear out. Oh, people try. But after a few years of kicking the bejeez out of them, they’re more comfortable than ever and still going strong. Expensive ? Nope, they get cheaper by the day.

T E R G E S E N’S The Original Available in Brown and Black

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82 First Avenue Gimli (204) 642 5958

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845 Dakota St., at 204-254-9075. Don’s Photo is a sponsor of the “Manitoba’s Magnificent Interlake� H2O Photo Contest 2010. Galleries of the Gimli Art Club Center St. - Harbourfront 642-8217 We have 70+ artists displaying diverse and fabulous art in its lake-side galleries. The offerings are as diverse as the artists themselves. The indoor gallery is open daily in summer and by appointment in off-season. The Sea Wall Gallery is known to be the largest over-water gallery in Canada, if not in the world, and is open all year long. In summer, you might even catch an artist adding their art onto the Sea Wall. For more info on the Gimli Art Club and its’ 40th Anniversary Celebrations this year, call 642-8217, or visit our website at Gimli True Value / Stringer Rentals & Power Products, Gimli / 642-5489 75 Centre Street, Gimli and 99-7th Ave., Gimli / 642-7490 Whether you’re in town for the day, own a cottage or live in the area, we offer great selection & friendly service. Our True Value is a great Hardware Store but also has all of your general merchandise covered as well. If you need Rentals or Power Equipment – Stringer Rentals can help you. We rent, sell and repair brands that you can trust. Stringers also has a garden Greenhouse on site, in season. H. RogueRaiders Studio Gallery / Fine Art Gallery at Boundary Creek 247 Laurel Avenue / 389-5633 Winnipeg Beach This fascinating gallery features original artwork by talented local artists who bring the European attitude to their expressions in fine art works. Beautiful and functional pottery, glassworks, photography, and original paintings, prints and cards, including gallery owner, Helma Rogue Raiders’, acrylic landscapes and bird paintings. Watch for the sign on HWY #9 and be sure to visit during The Wave Tour!

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H.P. Tergesen & Sons 82-1st Avenue, Gimli / 642-5958 A Gimli landmark since 1899. An eclectic collection of clothing, footwear, books and gifts in a turn-ofthe-century family store. Huge selection of the most fashionable mens’ and womens’ apparel, shoes, beachwear, swimwear, plus great accessories, fabulous gifts, and a large book section. Open 7 days a week. Icelandic Festival Gift Shops 3 Centre Street, Gimli / 642-7305 Waterfront Centre, Gimli / 642-7417 Great gifts & souvenirs. Viking helmets, plastic swords, Icelandic flags and windsocks, adult and kids' Icelandic Festival clothing, plus hats, viking jewellery (plus Rune Stones), mugs, original pottery and so much more. Prices from $1– $75. Open daily 10 am 4pm (July and August). Call ahead for September thru June for store hours. Interlake Garden Centre Hwy #9 Winnipeg Beach / 389-3200 Come see what you've been missing! Annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, herbs, hanging baskets, planters, topsoil, gardening supplies and giftware. Lawn & garden services. Call for a free estimate, ask for Rob or Donna. Jim Anderson Books / 204-287-2397 840 Lyon Street, Winnipeg I am interested in paying cash for old Icelandic books, journals, newspapers, magazines, correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, old photographs, and more. Please call or email Jim Anderson for more information at Johnson's 76 Centre Street, Gimli / 642-4010 Easy lifestyle clothing& footwear for the whole family featuring Manitoba’s largest selection of NAOT footwear.

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We provide exceptional customer service in Gimli’s cottage country department store. Koma Heim Trading / 642-8725 Lakeview Resort, Gimli WE’VE MOVED!! With more Adventure offering...Exotic or rustic, elegant or fun – home furnishings and accents that will enhance your home and reflect your unique style. From armoires to antique benches, masks to mirrors and beautiful hand-crafted items from the Interlake to India. Sometimes surprising. Always inspiring. Mermaid's Kiss Gallery 85-4th Avenue, Gimli / 642-7453 As mentioned in Bartey Kive's A Daytripper's Guide to Manitoba, “... as the place for fans of original fine art in the Interlake.” Representing fine art in all mediums by well known Canadian artists and featuring award-winning photography and lampwork glass jewellery, by owner Linda Vermeulen. Custom picture framing and photo restoration is available. Gallery is open Thursday thru Monday. PASSION - A Novel Co-Written by Neil Bardal and Fay Cassidy Set on the international stage, in the exciting and dangerous world of espionage, Alex’s journey takes her to the very edge, where she discovers her true potential, her purpose in life, her true “Passion”. Featured on CBC Weekend Morning Show with Keran Sanders. Five weeks on the Best Seller List at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg! Also available at Tergesen’s in Gimli or convenient on-line ordering at Sandstone Gift & Home Lakeview Resort, Gimli / 642-9020 They have a reputation for quality and superb service. Fabulous clothes,

unique gifts, art, contemporary kitchenware and garden accessories. Come and explore. Open Daily. Year Round.

books. Crafts, fine hand-crafted jewellery and fine art by local artisans plus an array of quality souvenirs. Museum and gift shop open daily.

Solmundson's Greenhouse Hwy #229, Wpg Beach / 389-3016 Large selection of basket stuffers, annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, hanging baskets, planters. 3 1/2 miles west of Winnipeg Beach on Hwy 229. Remember to shop early for the best selection of plants.

Whytewold Emporium / 389 4567 190 Gimli Rd., Whytewold, Mb. We have the healthiest, most-loved bedding plants in the Interlake, and our planted containers & hanging baskets are awesome! Wide selection of gorgeous sterling silver jewelry - handpicked 925 & 950 silver from Mexico, Arizona, Dominican Republic, and Italy. We invite you to come in and browse around Country Jenny's Antiques. If you don't see what you are looking for…we can show you our offsite display (only 5 minutes away) We also have a great selection of wild bird feeders & bird food. See for seasonal hours & events calendar.

Steina's Studio / 642-8445 80 South Colonization Road, Gimli Visit Steina’s Studio by appointment. Her art works feature dynamic, original paintings and one of a kind jewellery and sometimes other flights of fancy. Visit Steina in her fascinating and vibrant studio during The Wave Tour! Sun Sky Wellness / 642-4842 2-40 Centre Street, Gimli High quality vitamins, herbs & supplements, homeopathics, probiotics & detox products. Gluten free foods, organic teas, healthy snacks. Natural, organic, affordable skin & body care products for all ages. Ask about our educational health workshops. Taylor Pharmacy 50 Centre Street, Gimli / 642-7470 For all your health needs this summer. Allergy relief, first aid, sun care, cosmetics, magazines, snacks, dry goods, cards and digital photo center. The Viking's Purse, New Iceland Heritage Museum Gift Shop Waterfront Centre / 642-4001 Unique, imported giftware from Iceland including clothing, music and

Family Hair Design Pam Natalie Carol Allison Walk-Ins Welcome!

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84-6th Avenue - Gimli

642-HAIR (4247)

DEAL$ FOR DOLLAR$ 16 Centre Street, Gimli - 642-9183

Souvenirs, Gifts, Toys, Housewares Fishing Supplies, Fireworks, Novelties Great Beach Supplies ~ HOME DECOR ACCESSORIES ~


Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 8 pm Sat 9:30 am - 6 pm Sun 12 noon - 5 pm

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Arborg Hotel 285 Main Street, Aborg MB /204-376-5453 / Toll Free: 877-376-5453 Located in the Heart of the Interlake. Our newly rebuilt hotel features ten luxuriously appointed rooms, in-room coffee, and large flat screen TVs. Relax and unwind with a meal or drink in our Eldhús Restaurant and Lounge. Convenient Beer Vendor and Laundromat. Whether you are traveling to Arborg, Manitoba for business or pleasure, you will discover comfortable, stylish lodging, delicious food and a relaxing lounge. Check us out on Facebook for Upcoming Events!

Autumnwood Motel & RV Resort Gimli Park Road, Gimli Call 642-8835 (Formerly Gimli Trailer Park) A short walk to town and the Gimli Beach. 18 guest rooms, with inroom coffee, fridge and microwave. Cable TV & AC. Shower house and laundromat. Daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal sites. Owners of the new 8-lane, licensed Gimli Bowling Centre, 93-6th Avenue, Gimli. Enjoy your stay. Lakeview Resort - 10 Centre Street, Gimli / Call 642-8565 or 1-877-355-3500. Beachfront Resort and Conference Centre offering suites and luxury vacation suites with fabulous harbour views of Lake Winnipeg; indoor & outdoor pools, sauna & whirlpool, fitness room. Enjoy a “meal with a view” at Seagull’s Restaurant then relax in The Pier. Video games room, free movies, cable TV and DVDs, banquet/meeting space, plus easy access to shops and boutiques offering thousands of unique and interesting items.


Always Comfortable…

Radisson Hecla Resort Spa • Conference • Golf / 45 mins. north of Gimli - Follow Hwy 8 to PR 234 Call 1-800-267-6700 Email Luxury, health and relaxation are yours to experience. Enjoy our 90 guest rooms, 2 restaurants, indoor, and outdoor water park, full service day spa, therapeutic mineral pools, conference and special event facilities, 18-hole championship golf course, on-site naturalist for adventure programs, seasonal recreational rentals, fitness and wellness centre. All this, set on the tranquil shores of Lake Winnipeg. South Beach Casino & Resort One Ocean Drive, Scanterbury, Manitoba / 1-204-766-2100 or 1-877-775-8259 The South Beach Casino & Resort is fashioned in an Art-deco design and tropical atmosphere. Our distinctive resort offers Grand suites, Junior suites, Luxury rooms and Deluxe guest room accommodations with the highest standards of service and amenities. Surround yourself in luxury, comfort and relaxation as you visit our tropical


Always Charming.

Gimli, Manitoba

O Indoor & Outdoor Pools O Free Movies O Free Wireless Internet O Games Room O Seagull’s Restaurant O The Pier Lounge and Outdoor Patio O Exercise Facility O Call for details on our Golf and Family Fun Packages O Visit the great shops located on the main floor including:

• Beauty Garden Spa • Diamond Beach Flowers, Jewellery & Gifts • Jocelyn & Co Knitting & Quilting Supplies • Sandstone Gift Essentials

10 Centre Street, Gimli

(204) 642.8565 TF: 1.877.355.3500

Owned and or managed by Lakeview Hotels & Resorts.

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The Sand Beach Café and Bake Shop Visit us beachside for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy a picnic on the beach or relax in our lakefront cafe where you can enjoy one of our Bake Shop’s freshly baked pastries. Or, if ice cream is your passion, try one of our 16 flavours of hard ice cream and 24 flavours of soft ice cream. Bring your computer and keep in touch at our cafés wi-fi hot spot!

“It’s great between the lakes where life is always a beach!” Phone (204) 4 ON MAP, PAGE 19


pool area. Enjoy your stay with our various Getaway packages, such as: Stay, Play & Getaway, High Rollers Getaway, Romance at the Resort and Green with Envy Golf Packages. Visit our website for more details. Conferences: When planning your next meeting, conference, staff retreat, special event or reception, the South Beach Casino & Resort is the perfect location. Offering 5000 square feet of event space, we can accommodate up to 300 persons for dinner. Featuring our Grand Ballroom with high ceilings and unique banquet menus for all your food service needs. Call 1-204-766-2100 or 1-877-775-8259 for more information. For more details, visit our website at Spruce Sands RV Resort Spruce Bay Road, Arnes Call 642-5761 or 1-866-642-5671 315 full-service RV sites. 1/2 mile of sandy beach, propane sales, 5 acre playground, kayak and bike rentals. Convenience store, video rentals, laundry facilities, bakeshop and cafe with wi-fi hot spot. Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rates. Viking Inn - Hwy 9 & Centre Street, Gimli / Call 642-5168 Website: A short walk to Gimli shops and our great beaches. 21 air-conditioned rooms, with colour TV, fridge, coffee maker, and microwave. Free wireless internet throughout the building. Viking Bistro, Dine in and Take-out. Visit "The Viking Bar" with VLT's, dance floor, pool tables and deck. Entertainment, Karaoke, Dancers, Meat Draws and more. Music – Live Bands & DJs on weekends! Open Sundays. Vendor. Meeting / Banquet facilities. ATM cash machine.

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A Saint to the Forgotten Felines


aring for stray and unwanted pets comes to mind for most people when they think of animal shelters or rescue organizations. Although this holds true in most cases, there is an element that would be all but forgotten if it weren’t for the kindness of Lynne Scott and her important organization, Craig Street Cats. Craig Street Cats is a feral cat management program which incorporates kitten rescue plus community outreach and education. It was started by Scott when she discovered a litter of abandoned kittens in her backyard

Gail Kreutzer

Lynn Scott, founder of the highly successful Craig Street Cats, a feral cat management program in Winnipeg, poses with Monkey and Boots. Other lovely cats she hopes to find loving homes for are: (above left to right): Bob, a survivor, Misty, and Baby (among others). Photos: Linda Goodman

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woodpile, one very cold mid-November day. Lynne couldn’t find any place to take the kittens so she too them in and bottle fed and raised them. A former teacher, Lynne says that helping the feral cat population is the most rewarding thing she has ever done. “This is the first time in my life I feel really good about what I am doing,” she said. But, with reward comes hard work. A typical day’s work begins at 7 a.m. and includes checking the feeding station in her front yard, cleaning litter boxes, and feeding the socialized cats (for some of the young kittens this includes bottle feeding), and dispensing any necessary medications. Two to three days per week are spent fundraising and working information booths. At day’s end which is around 9 p.m., time is used to complete administrative tasks and updating the website. Craig Street Cats currently cares for over 300 cats. Most of the cats live outside in managed colonies where there is a volunteer colony caregiver. The caregiver ensures that the cats are fed, adults are trapped for sterilization and vaccinations, and kittens placed for adoption. There are approximately 10 managed Craig Street sites located throughout Winnipeg. Many people think stray and feral cats are synonymous but there is a major difference. A stray cat was at one time someone’s pet, then Continued on next page . . .

became lost and abandoned; whereas a feral cat is born outside and has never been socialized. Cat overpopulation is a significant problem. A conservative estimate shows that there are over 50,000 feral cats in Winnipeg alone! This stems from the fact that cats are, unfortunately, seen as more disposable than dogs. “There is a misconception that cats can take care of themselves,” says Scott. “In Manitoba’s harsh winters, cats cope by living under houses, porches, in garages, or warm up by a car block heater. If they don’t manage to get out of the wind they won’t survive.” Craig Street Cats has only been in existence for two years and the good work of its volunteers has made a significant difference. Although it is difficult to quantify the results of proactive work such as sterilization, other shelters benefit because there is a reduced number of feral cats coming through their doors and in many cases being euthanized. Considering that a female cat is able to produce three litters per year, it is estimated that the mathematical possibility of two unfixed mature cats can exponentially generate over 400,000 offspring in seven years! Lynne’s greatest satisfaction was seeing only three kittens born on Craig Street last year. “Although finding homes for the adoptable cats is necessary, it isn’t the answer to the problem, managing the colonies is,” says Scott. “Feral cats will multiply beyond the food supply so the answer is to get the adults sterilized.” Relocation is also not a good solution because it is a long process and there are no guarantees the cats will survive. Scott can’t stress enough how quickly and dramatically trap, sterilize and return (TNR) works. She says it is the only method to have shown any real effect. “The data shows that if a 75%

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sterilization rate is maintained, there could be a possible 30-80% reduction in feral colony size over two years,” explained Scott. Craig Street Cats relies on over two dozen volunteers and the generosity of organizations such as Essex Topcrop, which has been donating high quality cat food. The Charleswood and Centennial Veterinary Clinics are extremely suppotive in terms of medical support. Regular, fundraisers like the Black Cat Ball and the recent “Spay-ghetti Dinner” (food donated by The Olive Garden) provide much needed funds. Those interested in helping Craig Street Cats can do so in a number of ways: the most important–trap and have feral cats sterilized. Volunteers are needed to work directly with the animals or, to assist with fundraising, information booths etc. And, of course, financial donations are necessary as it takes approximately $100,000 annually to run the operation. A wish list posted on the website includes a much needed storage shed as space is presently limited. In addition to having a donor base built up, Lynne would ideally like to see her dream of having a 1,000 square foot facility come to fruition. Individuals concerned about feral cats living in their community can get assistance from Craig Street Cats in setting up a management program to care for the colony. This includes access to food and veterinary care and assistance to get the cats sterilized. If you are interested in volunteering, learning more about colony management or are interested in adopting a cat, you can contact Lynne at 223-6652, by email at or, check out the very informative and easy to navigate website at

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Evergreen Basic Needs opens new doors The new “green” by Kerri Taverner building on 4th Avenue, will enable Evergreen Basic Needs to amalgamate and expand programming to meet ever increasing needs in our communities. A household furniture and appliances re-fit shop, an adult learning center, and a cafeteria functioning as both a training ground for clients and coffee shop for customers will be added to the roster of programming currently offered at EBN. Respun Threads will continue to offer “gently used” items to shoppers, but in much more spacious facility. Built with enthusiasm, dedication and teamwork, Executive Director Anne Kishka, says that the board of directors, “Guided me every step of the way – this building is very much a team effort! The EBN board is composed of nine members, our organization has a staff of 6 and we have over 200 volunteers and service clubs in the course of a year, all of whom have had a hand helping with this project.” EBN began in 1992 and incorporated in 1995. The communities they serve include Gimli, Fraserwood, Camp Morton, Arnes, Meleb, Malonton, Winnipeg Beach, Sandy Hook and Matlock. EBN provides food, clothing and household items to those in need, as well as referring clients who are in need of physical and emotional support. Kishka notes that, “We have had generous support from the Federal government with 60-70% of building costs–with a special thanks to James Bezan for his steadfast support, also the Provincial government for working

closely with us to find funding possibilities. Pre Con Builders generously donated over $24,000.00 worth of service time to the creation of our new space.” May 29th is their Gala Opening/ Fundraiser which launches the new building. Gaming Tables - Live Auction - Silent Auction - Player’s Choice Raffle - Dinner and Dance with Live Entertainment & much more! For more information please call 642-7388. Congratulations to all volunteers! Evergreen Basic Needs was recently awarded the Premier’s Volunteer Service Award for their generous and continuing support to our community! A well-deserved award for the many hours of essential volunteer service from it’s dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers. There are three ways you can help. Make a Donations to: Evergreen Basic Needs, P.O. Box 89, Gimli, Manitoba, R0C 1B0. Volunteer: EBN’s events and programs depend on its volunteers. Interested? Please call Darcy at 642-9736. Donate Items: EBN gratefully accepts donations of food, clothing, household items and furniture. Please drop off during regular business hours (Monday Saturday, 9am – 5 pm). Manitoba’s own Tom Jackson, wellknown and respected for his years of dedicated work for community charities, is scheduled to appear at an Evergreen Basic Needs fundraiser on the 29th of November, 2010. For information on The Board of Directors of Evergreen Basic Needs: from left to right - Rob Jantz (Vice Chair), events or tickets, please Olivia Arnason, Nic Mundey, Marcel Cherlet (Treasurer), Jack McQuade, Anne Kishka call 642-7388 for (Executive Director), Jim Farmer, Frances Petrowski, Kevin St. Martin (Chair). Missing from details. photo–Lana Bobrovich. Top left: artist’s concept of the new facility.

Interlake Women’s Resource Centre The Interlake Women’s Resource Centre has been serving our Northeast Interlake community for 26 years. They provide counseling and ongoing support to women and children who are affected by domestic violence or experiencing other issues. Additionally, there is a therapist who works with children who have experienced sexual assault and a lawyer who is able to meet with women at the centre. The Interlake Women’s Resource Centre is a charitable, non-profit organization.

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They receive partial funding through the Family Violence Prevention Program and rely on grants, fundraising and donations to meet their budget needs. Please contact the Centre to become involved by calling: 1-204-642-8264. For more information visit their website at: Charitable Receipts are available. Please make your money order or cheque payable to: Interlake Women’s Resource Centre, Box 1991, Gimli, Manitoba, R0C 1B0 The 24 Hour Provincial Crisis Line is 1-877-977-0007.


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Arborg Hotel Beverage Room 285 Main Street, Aborg MB 204-376-5453 or 1-877-376-5453. Try your luck on our VLT's or enjoy one of our cold, draft beers. The Arborg Hotel Beverage Room is perfect for relaxing, watching the game on one of our 5 flat screen TV's or going out dancing with the girls. A full Eldhús menu is served in the Beverage Room - Weekdays until 8pm and until Midnight on Friday and Saturday. Closed Sundays. Brennivins Pizza Hus 70 First Ave., Gimli / 642-5555 Tons of tasty appetizers. Licensed DineIn & Patio, Take out & Delivery. SunThurs. 4pm - 11pm, Fri-Sat 4pm - 1am. Cronshaws Pub 42 Centre Street, Gimli / 642-7197 Delicious healthy food. No deep fryer. Good times, great food, great atmosphere. No VLTs. Live Music every weekend! Check out our Menu and Music on our Facebook Fan Page! We are Open Year Round. Comodo Chinese Restaurant 81-1st Avenue, Gimli / 642-1888 Across from Lakeview Resort entrance Extented hours through the summer, dine indoors or enjoy our outdoor patio with fireplace. Comodo is fully licensed and offering drink specials with food purchase (after 9pm). Kaffe Haus / 642-9555 Centre & Third Ave., Gimli Located in the lighthouse mall. Fully licensed Dining Room & Outdoor Patio Lounge. Serving specialty coffees, smoothies, wine and draft. Open late Fri. & Sat. Under new ownership! Mask Restaurant Mask Pizza Express / 129 - 7th Ave. Gimli / 642-4727 Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in our casual and Fine Dining rooms. Eat alfresco on our screened-in, all-weather outdoor patio. Mask Pizza Express (order On-Line!) delivered within a 10mile radius. Licensed. Live music, weekend specials, birthday parties, business meetings, catering. Wide selection of fine wines. Air-conditioned. Free wireless. Radisson Hecla Resort 45 mins. north of Gimli / 1-800-267-6700 After a day on the links or on the trails, come in for a nightcap in our Rok

Lounge or dinner in any of our 2 restaurants. There are special musical events throughout the year. Don’t miss our happy hour and daily appetizers! South Beach Casino & Resort One Ocean Drive, Box 777 Scanterbury, Manitoba 1-204-766-2100 or 1-877-775-8259 Our Casino offers 600 slot machines with the latest titles and themes in Manitoba - ranging from 1 cent to $20.00! Table games including: Blackjack, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, MidiBaccarat, Texas Shootout, and Roulette. Poker Room available with ongoing Texas Hold’em tournaments. Join the Ocean Club to earn benefits and redeem for Coupons & Beach Bucks. After, satisfy your hunger at Mango's restaurant. Live entertainment at our Blue Dolphin lounge every Friday and Saturday evening. Also on-site, our Coral Reef Gift Shop. Casino hours of operation: 10 am to 3 am–daily except Sundays Noon til 3 am. The Pier, Lakeview Resort / 642-4145 10 Centre St., Gimli Gimli’s newest place to drink and dine featuring a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Enjoy our family friendly service with our full menu - daily specials and a tasty appetizer menu. Specialty coffees and a full range bar with daily summer drink specials. VLT’s, & satellite TV. We have the best view in town - sit outside with your friends on our licensed deck overlooking Gimli’s picturesque Harbour.

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The Home Place David Arnason


anitoba has declared this year as home coming year and is inviting anyone who has lived in Manitoba to come home for a visit. We are hoping for thousands, and the eastern Interlake can claim more ex-Manitobans than most places because of the peculiarities of our history. But, before I get into history, let’s speculate on the meaning of the word “home.” Robert Frost the American poet wrote that home is where, when you go there, they have to take you in. But, home can be a geographic place, a psychological space, an adopted place of belonging or a mythic centre for the imagination. The word “home” can mean many things, but it always evokes feelings of warmth and belonging. Gimli was originally settled by Icelandic immigrants, who were soon followed by Ukrainians and other Slavs. In the beginning, the area was insular. Only Icelanders were permitted to settle in the area, then known as New Iceland, up until 1898. The Ukrainians then arrived and made their own communities. A sprinkling of other groups arrived, but they did not alter the existing communities. Then the railroad arrived, first to Winnipeg Beach in 1903 and Gimli in 1906. This made Lake Winnipeg, with its lovely beaches, available to the people of Winnipeg, and the phenomenon of summer folk began. At first, they were called “campers,” and later “cottagers.” They began to build their summer places along the shores of the lake, and they brought a new kind of community to the mix. My own great-grandfather, Captain Baldi Anderson, sold his farm to the CPR who developed Winnipeg Beach. With the money from his sale, he started the Boundary Creek


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Digital file of watercolour painting (above) courtesy of the Canadian Air Training Plan Museum, Winnipeg (CATPM). Ralph Malcolm Warner’s (1902 - 1966) watercolour of an Anson pilot training aircraft was painted in January, 1945, near the end of WWII, two years after the air base opened in Gimli. Warner, No. 18 S.F.T.S. from Australia, was stationed in Gimli at the time. Photo below: David Arnason and his younger brother, Gerry, from the private collection of David Arnason.

Hotel and set out to profit from the campers. When the railway stretched north to Gimli, in 1905, he sold his Winnipeg Beach hotel and built the Gimli Hotel. Both hotels opened for business the day the first train arrived. Later, he bought the area called the South Point and developed a plan to subdivide the area for campers. It took a few more years than he expected, but Willow Island is that settlement. The campers added a new element. Many were Jewish who were kept out of the Victoria Beach settlement on the east side of the lake. These campers represented the whole wild, ethnic mix that made Winnipeg one of the most exciting cities in Canada at the beginning of the twentieth century. They made the original communities more cosmopolitan, and they added to the economic viability of the place. Many of those original campers are now fourth-generation inhabitants of old cottages or proud owners of elegant replacement places. These cottage owners have continued to think of Gimli and Winnipeg Beach as their homes, even though they may have spent most of their time in Winnipeg. The poet, Miriam Waddington, the only writer ever to be portrayed on the one hundred dollar bill, wrote nostalgically about Gimli throughout her entire career. The second great historical event in the evolution of the eastern Interlake was the arrival of the Gimli Air Force Base. In 1943, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan developed an Air Base for the training of pilots. It was later converted to a NATO training base, and for several years during the fifties, pilots from all over the world were trained here. As new groups arrived, the complexion of the town was altered. We had French troops, Italian troops, British troops, Norwegian troops, and Turkish troops. Many of those who trained here came back later to live, having discovered the home that they wanted. Many married local women, and took them off to all the corners of the globe. The Airbase was almost a second town with permanent married quarters, separate schools their own theatre and their own swimming pool.

My own years of growing up were powerfully affected by the military presence, as were the lives of everyone in the area. The war in Europe ended, but the war machine in Gimli went on. I remember as a child watching long coils of silver foil, like the icicles on Christmas trees, drift from the sky into the hayfield behind our house. Some of the rolls of silver tape did not open, and arrived intact on the ground. My brother and I unrolled them and wrapped them around our little wooden swords to make them shine. My grandfather was concerned because the foil got into the hay that the cattle ate, and made the cow patties into festive objects. The Air Force spokesmen denied any knowledge of the silver rain, but we later learned that this was a strategic test, a way of fooling the newly developed technology of radar. Every night the beacon from the airport lit up the sky, and it shone through my bedroom window, making strange patterns on my bedroom walls. The air was always filled with the sound of planes, and after the air force upgraded from little yellow Harvard trainers to shiny T-33 jets, the noise got even louder. We grew accustomed to breaking our conversations and waiting until the jets had passed to continue to talk. Gimli was occupied territory. The military was everywhere. It dominated the town and its reach was broad. People from Riverton and Teulon and Arborg drove in every day to work at the base. If you were a young man, the competition for the love of young women was fierce. Everywhere there were dashing young soldiers with foreign accents and a lot of money. Tensions were sometimes more than could be accommodated, and there were more than a few fights. On the other hand, a lot of “Air Force brats,” as they called themselves, arrived, and they were more interested in the locals than they were in the airmen.

Gimli is my home. I have lived for brief periods of time in other provinces and other countries, but I have always returned. My friends, many of whom were campers or ex-airforce people, often tell me that they always feel that Gimli is their home as well. I know what they mean. There are places in France, Germany, Iceland and Australia that feel like home to me, that inhabit my imagination, and I am always pleased to revisit those lost spaces, to find myself comfortable in places I may not have seen for years. And so I am hoping that many of those to whom Gimli and the rest of the Interlake was, at least for a while, a place that they could call home, will return this year. They can walk down the dock and look at the fishing boats. They can dance once more in the old pavilion. They can watch the Íslendingadaggurinn parade, build sand castles and play a game of Fris-nok. And they can watch some of the finest sunsets the world has to offer, and some of the fiercest thunderstorms. They can swim in Lake Winnipeg, shop once more at Tergesen’s and eat Icelandic delicacies at Amma’s kitchen. In short, I want to welcome them all home. Come in, take off your shoes, make yourself at home. This is your place. Author, David Arnason (right) lives in Winnipeg, but prefers to write from his cottage on Willow Island, near Gimli, in the summer months. Arnason’s new novel, published this summer by Turnstone Press, is called Baldur’s Song: a Saga, and is set in Gimli and Winnipeg. David is a regular contributor to the H2O magazine.



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ell maybe not everything! But, this is a good place to share the many new developments that are happening with the H2O Guide. For 15 years, the H2O Guide has been the largest tourism magazine in the Interlake, (this is my 7th year as publisher). The internet is changing how we communicate and H2O is doing its best to keep up. I can now officially add “Geek Girl” to my credentials of Editor and Publisher, but that’s a good thing. Our website at is a necessary complement to our printed edition and was my answer to find a way to take the passive experience of reading and make it something more dynamic and interactive. So, the H2O Guide has a hat trick of formats for you: our printed version, with 28,000 “glossy look” copies distributed throughout the Interlake and in Winnipeg; our interactive website; and our On-Line ver-

sion–with H2O available in its entirety, in a full-screen format that we are really excited about. Keeping our readers connected with our advertisers is our most important mandate. Visitors can browse our interactive maps on-line to seek out services and businesses, then hover over a location dot where important contact information pops up. If a website exits, one click and you are linked immediately to that advertiser’s webpage. Google Analytics reports show that our visitors are from every country in the world and readership increases daily. The pages most visited are the Events Listings, Maps, Back Issues and Photo Contest pages. Our archive of “Back Issues” is good news for everyone as the H2O Guide is now available to a global audience at all times. This makes our seasonal resort communities not so seasonal anymore. Also a good thing! Reading the full-screen version of the

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colourful pages of H2O is exciting and is so easily shared with others. Simply send them the link (URL) in an email. As a bonus to our advertisers, they receive the increased exposure but do not pay any extra for having their ads on-line at all times. Free E-Cards, celebrating Manitoba Homecoming 2010 are a great way to stay connected with friends and family, enticing them to return to experience all the excitement that begins in May and lasts all year long throughout the province. Our most exciting development lately is our Photo Contest. Last year’s was very successful, and it’s on again for 2010. Our theme is Manitoba’s Magnificent Interlake, and we encourage anyone with a camera to take their “best shots” and send up to three (3) images with our user-friendly digital entry process. We want to see your nature shots, landscape, wildlife, beach scenes, adventure, cultural events, macros of flora and fauna. Show us your favourite views of Manitoba! Thanks to our extremely generous sponsors (our advertisers, that is) we have a total of $2500.00 in prizes to give away! Just for taking a photo!! So, don’t delay. The contest starts the minute this paper is on the newsstands, so start taking pictures. All the information is on page 16 in this issue of the H2O Guide

and on our website at (photo contest). Visit the sponsors page to see for yourself the line-up of wonderful prizes. Even better, visit them in person if you haven’t already done so. Head’s up H2O Advertisers! By booking your ad early next year (date, TBA), you may enter your name in our draw for a free advertisement in H2O (value of a 1/12 page ad). Your chances of winning are great, and who wouldn’t appreciate one less bill to pay? More details will be forwarded by email to our advertisers this fall. We are also very proud to announce that the H2O Guide has been awarded the prestigious 2009 Travel Manitoba Tourism Media Award (Winner in 2004!). This means industry leaders and peers recognize the market value of the H2O Guide. Heartfelt thanks to Kerri Taverner, Ad Sales Associate and friend. Her dedication knows no bounds, and this publication is enhanced because of her efforts. Many, may thanks to Norman Shewchuck, our masterly Webmaster, without whom, none of the digital developments would have taken place. And a huge thank you to my husband, Eric and my family for their continued support and love. Many thanks also to my friends–you know who you are! - Linda M. Goodman, Publisher

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