From about 1900 until after the Second World War, dance halls were popular venues for young and old, wondrous places of sights and sounds. These kinds of buildings usually featured utilitarian interiors, conducive to the movement of large groups of people. The exteriors might be more decorative, but just as often were not.
The Gimli Dance Pavilion, built in 1911, is a modest example. The glory of the building is within, where a dramatic wooden truss system creates unobstructed floor space and where the expanse of polished wood on the dance floor still beckons dancers. Designated a municipal heritage site in 1997, the building was part of the Manitoba Prairie Icons Program in the 2000s.
Gimli Dance Pavilion (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.63886, W96.99054
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historical Tours in Manitoba: Historical Walking Tour of Gimli
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Prairie Churches Project / Manitoba Prairie Icons Project
Gimli Dance Pavilion, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch
This page was prepared by Tim Worth and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 January 2022
Historic Sites of Manitoba
This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. The information is offered for historical interest only.
Inclusion in this collection does not confer special status or protection. Official heritage designation may only come from municipal, provincial, or federal governments. Some sites are on private property and permission to visit must be secured from the owner.
Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.
Send corrections and additions to this page
to the MHS Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us keep history alive!