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The guided tour departs your hotel by deluxe motor coach and travels northward out of Winnipeg. As you arrive in the Winnipeg Beach area you cross Hwy #229 and Boundary Creek which was the northern boundary of Manitoba and the southern boundary of New Iceland from 1870-1881. You have a brief stop at the Stone Church site. Marked today only by a small cemetery, this is the site of the first church building in New Iceland.
Next stop is at Husavick Road where there are examples of early settlement development. From here it is on to Willow Point that was the landing site of the flat boats bringing in the first Icelandic settlers to New Iceland. After Willow Point you arrive in Gimli at about 11:00 am. In Gimli, the first Icelandic settlement, you are taken on a sightseeing tour. Following the tour you will be provided with lunch at the Lakeview Restaurant , with a wonderful view overlooking the lake. After lunch there will be time to relax or take a walk along the boardwalk or beach.
Next on the tour is a visit to the New Iceland Heritage Museum . The museum focuses on interpreting the history of the Icelandic settlement and the inter-cultural history of the area.
After the museum visit you depart Gimli and travel south through the town of Selkirk and passed historic Lower Fort Garry. The tour then continues down the River Road Heritage Parkway , the road used by the first Red River oxcarts. Here you will still find many beautiful historic homes from the mid-1800’s. Stop to admire historic St. Andrews Lock and Dam the St. Andrew’s–on–the Red Anglican Church , the oldest stone church in Western Canada still used for public worship, and the St. Andres Rectory National Historic Park, of national significance for its architecture.