Just north of Gimli MB, on Hwy 8, along the shores of Lake Winnipeg sits a very small & quiet fishing village, called Helca. Actually, everything around here is named “Hecla”…. there’s Hecla Island, Hecla Provincial Park, Hecla Village.
Like most small communities in this area, it was a settlement of Icelandic immigrants who first established this area in 1876.
Currently, there are 9 families living in the village, with a few more families in the nearby areas.
The original Lighthouse was built in 1898, but was reconstructed 1926
On Highway 8, along the shores of Lake Winnipeg, I came across this structure which is the representation of the original structure that once stood here until 1999.
An Icelandic immigrant couple, Magnus and Ingibjorg Magnusson settled in this area in 1895. By 1914, their home became a stopping point for other settlers and travellers. As result, it was the Magnusson’s that had founded the community of Magnusville and have over 300 descendants.
The Magnusson’s Fishing Station & Ice House (the picture you see before you) stood here. Like most old wooden buildings, they eventually disappear, so this frame structure now sits in its place.
Its amazing how something as simple as this structure can hold a story that will last for generations to come.