Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 04, 2015 13:04 ET

Freeze Out Your Winter Blues at the Gimli Ice Festival

Government of Canada invests in annual community festival

GIMLI, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - March 4, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $5,100 in funding for the fourth edition of the Gimli Ice Festival. This support is provided under Canadian Heritage's Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The 2015 Gimli Ice Festival will take place on March 7 and 8 in Gimli, Manitoba.
  • Government of Canada funding will support a variety of activities, including snow sculpting, a community mural, musical performances, storytelling, and a visual arts show.
  • Other planned activities include First Nations bannock and tea, polar games, kids' ice fishing, ice golf, frozen fish toss and crazy curling.
  • About 2,500 people are expected to attend this year's festivities.


"Manitoba's winter festivals give us a reason to come together as a community and reconnect with family and friends. I applaud the volunteers and the organizers of this year's event. It is their hard work and dedication that ensure the festival's success."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Most of us have been to Gimli in the summer, and now it's time to experience Gimli in the winter! Manitobans really know how to make the best of every season-I invite everyone to join me at this unique festival and come discover the spirit of this community."

-James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake)

"The Gimli Ice Festival continues to grow each year due to the strong partnerships it has created with community organizations, clubs, and businesses, and to the important funding provided by the Government of Canada. This year's festival will also be facilitated by over 100 volunteers, whose support we are very thankful for."

-Susan and Peter Holfeuer, Gimli Ice Festival organizers

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Gimli Ice Festival

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Roxanne Carriere
    A/Regional Manager, Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage