Sandcastle Contest

Participate in our annual sandcastle contest in-person at Gimli Beach during festival weekend OR virtually. Prizes will be awarded for each category. 


  • If parents wish to direct children's activities, please enter the family category.
  • Structure must be made of sand, but implements may be used to build it.
  • Structures / Sculptures can be decorated with accessories (natural or artificial).
    Any colouring used must be environmentally friendly (i.e. Food colouring spray, coloured rice, etc)

Judging is based on the following elements

  • Size
  • Sculpting
  • Originality
  • Accessories
  • Overall effect (if the structure is 3-dimensional, etc.)


Open to everyone. You may enter as a single participant or as a team in one of the following categories.

  • Pink Category (11 years of age and under)
  • Blue Category (12-15 years of age)
  • Yellow Category (Family - 16 years of age and older or a family group)
  • Competitive Category (Any age combination welcome)
  • Virtual Category (Submission virtually - see details below)

Sandcastle Contest (Gimli Beach)

Bring your shovels, pails, creativity, and participate in this free and fun event.

How to Enter:

Date: Saturday, August 5th 
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Gimli Beach, North of the Main Dock
Registration: 9:30 AM, Free entry

Virtual Sandcastle Contest

Build your sandcastle, anywhere, anytime, and submit your entry into our virtual sandcastle contest category between July 21st and August 5th, 2023.

How to Enter:

  • Read the sandcastle contest rules
  • Submit your entry information below and photos to between July 21st and August 5th, 2023 to be considered for judging

Entry Information:

  • Team Name 
  • Team Members 
  • Location of Sandcastle 
  • Image upload (Attach up to 4 images)

Virtual entries will be shared on Icelandic Festival social media and the website. A prize will be awarded for best overall virtual entry.

Congrats to the 2022 Virtual Sandcastle Contest Winner

Team Bjorgum Inc. (Kyr Bjorgum) 

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Festival Gift Shop / Office 

Summer Hours 
Monday to Saturday - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - Noon - 5:00 PM 
Or by appointment 

General Inquiries:
Phone: 1 (204) 642-7417

107-94 1st Avenue
Gimli, Manitoba, R0C 1B1