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Gimli is a community located in the Rural Municipality of Gimli and situated on the west side of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. The community was first settled by Icelandic settlers as part of the New Iceland settlement in Manitoba. The community maintains a strong connection to Iceland and Icelandic culture today, including the annual Icelandic Festival. Originally incorporated as a village on March 6, 1908, Gimli held town status between December 31, 1946 and January 1, 2003 when it amalgamated with the RM of Gimli. Census Canada now recognizes the community as a population centre for census purposes. The Canada 2016 Census recorded a population of 2,246 in the urban centre of Gimli.The original town settlers sustained themselves primarily off of agriculture and fishing. Gimli maintains a strong connection to the lake today, tourism has played a part in the town's current economic sustainability. Gimli Beach is a popular spot in the summer while the Gimli Harbour is the largest harbour on Lake Winnipeg and in Western Canada between Ontario and the Pacific Coast.HistoryGimli was settled first by Canadian Icelanders and later by Icelandic immigrants starting in 1875. The Icelandic settlers originally arrived from Kinmount, Ontario and settled at the site of Gimli, the new home of New Iceland. Volcanic eruptions in Iceland at the time spurred additional immigration to the Gimli and New Iceland era. 300 people left Iceland, arrived in Ontario and took a ship to Duluth, from there they made their way to Grand Forks, North Dakota and took a steamer up to the mouth of the Assinboine. Around 75-100 people stayed in the Winnipeg area while the rest made their way to Lake Winnipeg on flat boats and one York boat to save money.
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