|It rained overnight but was sunny & calm this morning. I had to pack up & drive to Hecla Village which is about 5 km from the campground & was a bit annoyed that the neither the museum or the interpretive centre were open but there was a good self-guiding trail with information signs on the important buildings.
Hecla Island & a strip of land along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg almost to Winnipeg Beach was established by the Canadian Government as the Republic of New Iceland in 1875. The land was for the exclusive settlement of Icelanders & offered hope for a better life & enabled them to combine fishing & farming as most of them had done in Iceland.
New Iceland lasted for about 12 years until this area was incorporated into the province of Manitoba but I haven’t been able to find out why it was established. Perhaps I'll find out tomorrow when I go to Gimli which was the first Icelandic settlement. According to their web-site the museum there is open year-round so I’m hoping for more information.
The Icelandic settlement lasted well into the 1960s & there’s still a commercial fishing industry here as well as the General Store & plenty of occupied houses but it’s all part of the Provincial Park now so mainly based on tourism.
My internet is very slow here – I suppose I’m lucky to get any at all, but I won’t include any photos. I’m heading towards Winnipeg tomorrow so will add some then