Preserving the

Roots of the Past

Old Town Campgrounds is situated in the Village, a mere stone's throw away from the Town of Arborg and 10 minutes from Lake Winnipeg. The grounds offer travelers 22 electrically serviced campsites, picnic tables and, fire pits. The campground also has toilets, showers, and a dumpsite. A scenic walking bridge connects the Village to the Town of Arborg. Take a tour through the historic village, walk uptown to shop,  swim at the Aquatic Centre, or spend the day at Lake Winnipeg. 

Campsite Rental Fees:
$20.00 a night for trailers                Monthly rate: $450.00
$15.00 a night for tents                  Dump Fee: $15.00

We are excited to announce that on Monday June 8, 2020 we will be showcasing the Heritage Village via Skype on CTV Morning Live. Tune in to CTV News on Monday morning 6am - 9am CT or even set your PVR! We are looking forward to taking you back in time!

Take a sneak peak into some of our buildings from our morning live showcase!

Featuring:

The General Store

Poplar Heights School

The Kowalski House

The Caboose

St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church

What location could be better to capture your special day than our picturesque heritage buildings? 

For $75, you and your photographer can access our outdoor grounds. For $100, a tour guide will give you and your photographer access to our buildings to capture that ol' time feeling on your big day!

Weddings

Make the Arborg and District Multicultural Heritage Village part of your 2021 summer plans!

We offer large and small group tours.

Please call Marlene @ 204-376-5607 ahead for large groups such as school field trips or bus tours.

Hours open for tours: 

Mon. 10am-4pm

Tue. 10am-4pm

Wed. 10am-4pm

Thu. 10am-4pm

Fri. 10am-4pm

Sat. 10am-4pm 

Sun. 12pm-4pm

Guided tours: 

Full: 

Adults: $15 

Children 12 and under: $7

Children 4 and under: FREE

Half: 

Adults: $10 

Children 12 and under: $5

Children 4 and under: FREE

Interpretive Centre, Millard Barteaux Tours: 

Adults: $5

Children 12 and under: $2

Children 4 and under: FREE

Self-Guided Tours: FREE (No inside access of buildings)

We are only open to fully-vaccinated people as per Government orders. 

The Buildings

 

 

The Vigfusson House

1898, Lundi. This was the first house moved onto the property on Oct.13, 2000, draw in by two teams of horses! Come listen to the legend of Chief John Ramsey and his connection to the Vigfusson family via a dream and superstition.

 

The Interpretive Centre

2010, Arborg. Marvel at our various exhibits that depict what life was like 100 years ago. The interpretive centre is home to our old-fashioned storefronts as well as many other exhibits.

 

Sigvaldason House

1913, Arborg. This was the house that Bjorn and Lara Sigvaldason and their 16 children called home for over 50 years. Witness how the family lived and admire many artifacts that were original to the family.

 

St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church

1921, Bjarmi. This Provincial Historic building is a must-see!  The church has most of its original artifacts including an all-glass candle chandelier. The church has been re-sanctioned after restoration so church services can be held in it again. 

 

Oddleifsson House

1880s, Geysir.  This is the oldest Icelandic building still standing in all of New Iceland. With the help of a number of volunteers, we are proud to have obtained this building in 2017 and completed the restoration in 2019. 

 

Kowalski house

1920, Morweena.  This beautiful Polish home was moved on-site in the summer of 2009. Many of the Kowalski family volunteered hundreds of hours of tender loving care into the restoration. Come admire all their hard work.

 

Poplar Heights School

1918, Warren. Come experience what it was like to attend school one hundred years ago in a one-room schoolhouse. 

 

 

 

 

The Saunders House

1905, Clandeboye. Rescued from demolition from the Winnipeg Beach Ukrainian Homestead Museum upon its closing, this Ukrainian-style house has been set up to demonstrate a rural doctor's office.

 

The Ice House

 Come for a tour to learn more about the importance of these ice houses now daily living 100 years ago.

 

Brandson House

1900s, Arborg.  Sigruidur and Jodis raised 10 children in this home. Mrs. Brandson was well known for her hospitality and sometimes received up to 40 visitors in one day alone! Also, come see our tribute to the North Star Creamery where their son Oskar worked.

 

Ukrainian Bake Oven

2007, Arborg. Our replica of a typical Ukrainian oven. Come learn about how they were made. On special occasions, you may get a taste of the bread that comes out of it.

 

Hykaway Grist Mill

1917, Meleb. One of the last grist mills left in Canada! Come see this impressive grist mill, which was made entirely by hand from the foundation stones to the sails. 

 

The Caboose

In 1910 the railway came to Arborg, drastically bringing about change in the area. With easier access to wood, livestock, and a means of transportation to Winnipeg, the Arborg community really began to grow. Take a look inside and picture the life of a freight train crew! 

 

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Parish Hall

1937, Narcisse.  Originally a house in Narcisse and later moved to Poplarfield and with many additions became the hall there.  This was our second building. 

 

The Tipi

Replica. This Tipi is a Cree-Style Tipi with 13 poles to signify the 13 moons of the year and 13 teachings.  Tipis have been constructed by Indigenous people possibly as early as 10,00 B.C.E. 

 

The Outhouse

2020, Replica. Outhouses were typically separate from other buildings and had a moon carved in the door for light and ventilation.   

 

Stoyanowski Sawmill

1974, Framnes.  As the need for more cut lumber increased, many families purchased or built their own sawmills. 

 

Chapil Barn

1938, Arborg.  By the turn of the century, the introduction of new farm machinery, innovative construction techniques, and scientific planning greatly altered the appearance of barns.  The top floor of this barn is now open to the public. 

 

Slipachuk House

1920s, Komarno. This Ukrainian-style log house is joined at the corners with dovetail joints.  The house was sold to the Winnipeg Beach Museum in 1984 and donated to Arborg and District Heritage Village in 2009.

 

The General Store, Garage, Blacksmith & Livery Stables

Replica. All a part of the same building, these four businesses would often go hand in hand.

 

 

 

 

 

Arborg Aquatic Centre Is a family-friendly water park, complete with slides, a four lane pool, and a shallow play area for the kids, and a picnic seating area. It is available to rent for parties, and also offers swimming lessons.

The World's Largest Curling Rock stands just in front of the Arborg Curling Club. The rock was builtin 2005 as a tribute to two local high school teams who won the Provincial High School Curling Championship titles in 1948/49, 1949/50 and 1988.

New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli is the place to go to learn about New Iceland's storied past. Hear the story's of the brave men and women who crossed the ocean and settled this untamed and foreign land in 1875. View a variety of Icelandic artifacts they took with them to the New World. The New Iceland Heritage Museum is a Manitoba Signature Museum.

Narcisse Snake Pits are the winter home to tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes. The largest hibernation grounds in the world for this type of snake. Check out this pits in the spring to witness these snakes emerging from their long winter's sleep.

Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park is one of Manitoba's most beautiful provincial parks. It is an excellent location for camping, golfing, hiking, swimming and more! Hecla Island is also home to Lakeview Resort. Be sure to check out the self-guided tour of the restored historic Hecla Village.
Hnausa Beach Provincial Park is a small campground situated on the sandy shore of Lake Winnipeg. It offers basic and electricity-serviced campsites. 
Eriksdale Creamery was built in 1912, and played a large role in the economy of the small farming town of Eriksdale until it closed down in 1990. Now a museum, come visit and learn about the region's proud agricultural past. Be sure to check out Creamery Days the third week of August.

For more information about these destinations and more, check out the Interlake Tourism Association website at www.interlaketourism.com/

Or the Arborg-Bifrost Municipality at rmbifrost.com/

Latest News

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    2021 Season Senior Fun Days Our 2021 season Senior's Days are an excellent way to interact with others in the community. They include games, food, entertainment - and a lot of laughs.

    Themes will be announced soon!

    See you at the Heritage Hall from 1:30 to 3:30!

    Save the Dates:

    June 16, 2021 - Cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    July 14, 2021 - Cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    August 26, 2021 - Tea Party

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Hours of Operation

*Covid protocol being followed*

Admission:

Adults (13 & over): $15 Full tour
                             $10 Half tour
                             $5 I.C. and M.B. Tours

Children  ( 5-12 ) : $7 Full tour
                             $5 Half tour
                             $2 I.C. and M.B. Tours

Children 4 & under: FREE

 Season:

Our 2021 Season:
July 17/21 to September 5/21.

Mon-Sat: 10:00-4:00pm

Sun: 12:00-4:00pm

Open to fully vaccinated individuals only.