The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba (IFM), together with its partner, the RM of Gimli, is pleased to release new concept drawings and descriptions of the Viking Park Connectivity Project. 

New Donor Opportunities 

Click here for a Viking Park update - October 2019 
Click here for the Viking Park update - July 2018 

The Viking Park Story

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 have worked with our partners to create a park around the famous Gimli Viking statue. 

After consulting with the R.M. of Gimli, Betel Home Foundation and the local community, the Icelandic Festival, together with HTFC Planning & Design and Shelmerdine has created a park that: 

  • Pays tribute to the tenacious spirit of the Icelandic settlers
  • Enables a universally accessible journey that everyone can take together 
  • Embeds interactive information into the landscape and generate a greater understanding of the history of Gimli and of Icelandic culture 
  • Creates an inter-generational ‘nature/culture/play’ environment for kids of all ages  

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 that 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 opened in August 2017, in conjunction with Canada’s 150th birthday. 

All donations over $250 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.

Donor Opportunities 

Click to download our Donor Opportunities BookletDonation opportunities of $250 or less are available for online payment via the website. Please contact the office directly at (204) 642-7417 or info@icelandicfestival.com for questions or to purchase.

NEW Recently Added Donation Opportunities 

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

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

Viking Park in the Media

Norse myths inspire new park surrounding Gimli's Viking statue - CBC - August 3, 2017

Viking, elves, trolls gather in new park - Winnipeg Free Press - August 3, 2017