In 2014, Islendingadagurinn commemorated 125 years of celebrating Icelandic history, culture, and its contribution to life in Manitoba. In honour of this milestone anniversary, we are working with partners to create a park around the famous Viking statue. 

After consulting with the R.M. of Gimli and the Betel Home Foundation, the Icelandic Festival has employed HTFC Planning & Design to come up with a plan for the park that will: 

• Pay tribute to the tenacious spirit of the Icelandic settlers 
• Enable a universally accessible journey that everyone can take together
• Embed interactive information into the landscape and generate a greater understanding of the history of Gimli and of Icelandic culture. 
• Create an intergenerational ‘nature/culture/play’ environment for kids of all ages 

*Please note above images may not be the most current drawings, or 100% accurate - the park is a work in progress 

The Viking Statue was erected in 1967 by the Gimli Chamber of Commerce. Thousands of tourists visit the statue, and the surrounding area, every year. We believe the area surrounding the Viking should be an appropriate reflection of this inspirational landmark. Because the statue was installed, in part, to celebrate Canada’s Centenary, it is fitting that the new park is scheduled to open in 2017, in conjunction with Canada’s 150th birthday. All donations over $125 will receive ‘named space’ in the park. As well as helping to create this beautiful and vibrant green space, your donation will be invested to ensure the Icelandic Festival can continue to provide family-friendly events at low or no cost, so people of all income levels can enjoy Icelandic culture and heritage for generations to come.

Click the links below to see the architectural drawings and find out more about opportunities to pay tribute to your family, friends and ancestors, and become a lasting part of the Park through pathway stones, steps, benches, settlement markers and more.

Campaign Cabinet Co-Chairs:
Grant Stefanson and Kathi Thorarinson Neal

Campaign Members: Timothy J. Samson, Tim Arnason, Arni Thorsteinson, Ernest Stefanson and Lorna Tergesen. Dr. Ken Thorlakson (Advisor).

Viking Park in the Media
Icelandic elf, troll gardens to sprout up in shadow of iconic Gimli Viking - CBC - December 15, 2016