"New Iceland in Canada"

In the 1870s, a group of Icelandic immigrants founded a semi-independent nation in the middle of Manitoba, Canada, and dubbed it Nyja Island, or New Iceland:
This was mainly due to the efforts of Sigtryggur Jonasson, an earlier Icelandic migrant, who wrote a pamphlet on behalf of the Canadian government entitled Nyja Island I Kanada (‘New Iceland In Canada’) and went back to Iceland to convince Icelanders to join him across the ocean.

Jonasson was part of an expedition to the north of Manitoba to find a suitable location for the colony. New Iceland had to be isolated, have good soil for farming and be close to a lake, for fishing. The only drawback of the eventual site, 18 miles upstream from the Icelandic River: an abundance of grasshoppers. For his efforts, Jonasson is remembered as the ‘Father of New Iceland’.

The very first Icelandic town in New Iceland was named Gimli, Icelandic for ‘Paradise’ [ed.: and Tolkien for dwarf]. Conditions were far from idyllic, however: low on resources, many colonists didn’t survive the first, harsh winter.

Twelve years later, Manitoba officially annexed the entire new nation, and the area, now home to Ukrainian immigrants and indigenous peoples as well as those of Icelandic descent, became the Gimli Municipality.


Wow, this is cool! Not only am I first to comment, but I was actually in Gimli from June 23 to 27, visiting an old friend.

Gimli has a wonderful beach, and is a fishing village. You can get fresh pickerel fillets for $5/lb. If you've never tried pickerel, it's one of the most succulent freshwater fish around. It's a great little town, and I always have a good time there....
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Pickerel is one of the nastiest fish you can eat, it tastes absolutely horrible (and I've grown up living where it's more or less extensivly fished), though for some reason it's a delicacy to some, like the French. That's beside the point that it's been shown that environmental toxins concentrates in pickerel as well because of its position as a dominant predatory fish in most lakes where it lives. So the health aspect is questionable as well.

If you want to try a truly excellent fish then something like the Arctic Char would be a much better choice, it's unbeatable. If you smoke it there's just nothing in terms of fish that can beat it.
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