What a difference a day makes! Yesterday Lake Winnipeg looked like a wave-tossed, muddy Mississippi River, today with the lake reflecting blue skies and a slight breeze portions look like antique wavy glass.
We finished our visit to Gimli with a short visit to the New Iceland Heritage Museum. It was the day they were changing out temporary exhibits so it was all in a bit of disarray but we got to see most of the permanent displays and Bob had fun assuming he had some Viking blood in his ancestry.
We drive down the west side of Lake Winnipeg stopping to spend time in the lovely lakeside park in Winnipeg Beach.
At Selkirk the Lower Garry Fort National Historic Site beckoned. The intact stone fort served as a busy Hudson Bay Company supply site in the mid 1800s. In summer the restored buildings are open and costumed interpretive guides perform tasks and re-enact events from the forts hey days. In mid-September we find the grounds open for wandering about but so services in the visitor center and all buildings closed. The few staff we see are preparing for the upcoming winter.
We would love to revisit when it is fully staffed to learn more about the fort’s history . However, we did enjoy the walk to the fort, reading the few interpretive signs, taking photographs and soaking up some sunshine.
After an unremarkable dinner we drive to downtown Winnipeg for a bit of orientation. We catch the last of the sunlight on the recently opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights.