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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gimli Unitarian Church (76 Second Avenue, Gimli, RM of Gimli)

The Gimli Unitarian Church in Gimli, constructed between 1904 and 1905, remains the mother church of the Unitarian movement in Western Canada. The church was erected by volunteer labour for a cost of $1,428. In 1921 the church was renamed the First Federated Church of the Unitarians and reverted back to the Gimli Unitarian Church in 1954. The church also provided space for the first Village of Gimli Town Office in 1908 and, for a brief time, room for the Gimli Courthouse.

Among the clerics who served the church congregation was Eyjolfur Snibjorn Melan.

The building became a municipally-designated heritage site in 1996.

The former Gimli Unitarian Church

The former Gimli Unitarian Church (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former Gimli Unitarian Church

Interior of the former Gimli Unitarian Church (March 2018)
Source: George Penner

Interior of the former Gimli Unitarian Church

Interior of the former Gimli Unitarian Church (March 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.63253, W96.98745
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Arborg Unitarian Church (242 Ingolf Street, Arborg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historical Tours in Manitoba: Walking Tour of Gimli


Gimli Unitarian Church, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 July 2022

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