The Interlake is a region in Manitoba. Situated north of Winnipeg, between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba, the Interlake offers visitors parks, beaches and outdoor recreation. The region's lakes and rivers are popular destinations for boating, swimming and fishing.
The Interlake's towns provide an interesting glimpse into the region's rural past. Gimli, the one-time capital of New Iceland, is the region's most popular tourist destination, with an annual Icelandic Festival drawing thousands of visitors every summer.
Towns and communities
Most visitors to the Interlake gravitate to the shores of Lake Winnipeg or Lake Manitoba. However, there are a number of interesting sights in between that are not to be overlooked, including Oak Hammock Marsh and the Narcisse Snake Dens.
English is spoken everywhere, but don't be surprised to hear other languages including French, Ukrainian, Icelandic and Cree, among others.
The Interlake is most commonly accessed by road. Simply take one of Highways 6, 7, 8 or 9 north from Winnipeg. If you have access to a boat, you can take the Red River north to Lake Winnipeg.
Getting around the Interlake generally means highway driving.
- Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, # 5925 Highway 9 (Hwy-9 North of Winnipeg), ☏ . Lower Fort Garry is one of the oldest fur trading post. Costume guides will show you how life was like in the mid-1800. $3.90-7.80.
- Prairie Dog Central. The Prairie Dog Central is a vintage train that takes passengers from a station on Winnipeg's northern edge to the southern Interlake.