Gimli, Manitoba | A Popular Weekend Retreat from Winnipeg

Moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the summer of 2015 was a busy affair. First, my wife and I had just arrived home from a 5-month trip around the world. We had just five days to spend with family before moving to a new city. Second, Winnipeg wasn’t going to be relaxing at all. After quickly moving into our new apartment, we had to immediately start our full time sales jobs that we moved there for. We also had to start experiencing the best things to do in Winnipeg so we could write about them on here. I was also starting to write a travel book called Limitless Travel and creating a travel hacking course called Zero to Dream Trip. Needless to say, I was busy and stressed.

While inner-city paradises like Thermea Spa certainly helped, we wanted to get out of the city for a weekend. We chose Gimli, Manitoba.

Lakeview Resort Gimli

Just one hour north of Winnipeg on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, Gimli is an icelandic settlement perfect for a relaxing weekend. We wanted to spend as much time indoors as we did outdoors so we booked a couple of nights at Lakeview Resort, which offers apartment-style rooms right next to the beach.

Our room was incredibly spacious. The massive bedroom had a king-sized bed and a flat screen TV, the living room had a comfortable couch and another flat screen TV, and the full kitchen had everything we needed. There was also a balcony off both the living room and the bedroom that offered views of the lake.

 It was a quiet weekend right before the summer rush, which allowed us to have the beach almost to ourselves. The sunsets were beautiful and if we didn’t see it from the beach, we saw it from the deck as the pink hues mixed with the clouds. It was a truly lazy weekend. We borrowed a DVD from the front desk (free of charge) along with a board game (also free) and just sat around watching movies and playing games. Occasionally, we’d leave the room for some delicious fish n’ chips (available at the hotel as well) or to grab some ice cream from across the street.  

Gimli is an incredibly popular place that Winnipeger’s flock to in the summer. There’s tons of things to do in the summer such as as the Icelandic Festival, the Gimli Film Festival,  the Icelandic museum, plenty of outdoor activities or just kicking back and relaxing on the sandy beach.

A weekend doing nothing was just what we needed and Lakeview Resort on Gimli beach was the perfect place to make it happen.


A big thank you goes out to Lakeview Resorts for hosting us for a couple of nights. I can see why this hotel is so popular.

Instagram photos by yours truly. Collage photos courtesy of Lakeview Resorts.