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 travellers 22 electrically serviced campsites, picnic tables and, fire pits. The campground also has men's and women's 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 up town to shop,  swimming 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: 

Adults: $10 

Children 12 and under: $5

Children 3 and under: FREE

Guided tours typically run from 1h-1.5h.

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

The Heritage Village's tentative opening date is June 5, 2021.

 

The Buildings

 

 

The Vigfusson House

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

 

The Interpretive Centre

Marvel at our various exhibits that depict what life was like 120  years ago. The interpretive centre is home to our old fashioned storefronts as well as many other exhibits.

 

Sigvaldason House

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

This Provincial Historic building is a must see! Construction on this building began over one hundred years ago. Originally located in the Bjarmi area 4 miles north of Arborg, this 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

This is the oldest Icelandic building still standing in all of New Iceland, as it was built in the late 1880's. With the help of a number of volunteers, we are proud to have obtained this building in 2017 and completed the restoration just last year! 

 

Kowalski house

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

Come experience what it was like to attend school In 1917 in a one room schoolhouse. 

 

 

 

 

The Saunders House

Rescued from demolition from the Winnipeg Beach Ukrainian Homestead Museum upon it’s closing, this Ukrainian style house was built 115 years ago. Restoration is completed.

 

The Ice House

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

 

Brandson House

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

Our replica of the 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

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 an 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! 

 

NEW BUILDINGS SOON TO BE ADDED TO THE TOUR:

- The Saunders house (Ukrainian) 

- The Ice House 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/

Hours of Operation

*Covid protocol being followed*

Admission: Adults       (12 & over): $10
Children    (4-11):         $5
Children    (3 & Under): FREE
 Season:

Our 2021 Season:
June 5/21 to September 5/21.

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

Sun: 12:00-4:00pm