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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Vilhjalmur Stefansson Monument (Arnes, RM of Gimli)

A monument in the Municipality of Gimli, near Arnes, was erected in 1964 in commemoration of Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson. Born at Arnes in 1879, Stefansson extended knowledge of the geography and people of the Western Arctic, in major expeditions in 1906-1907, 1908-1912 and 1913-1918. He was an early exponent of the idea that experienced Arctic travellers could live off the land as the natives did. As author and lecturer he became a persuasive advocate of Arctic development. A commemorative plaque at the site was installed in 1964 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

At a site visit in July 2019, the two commemorative plaques, on either side of the smaller “iceberg,” were missing.

Stefansson commemorative monument near Arnes

Stefansson commemorative monument near Arnes (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Stefansson commemorative monument near Arnes

Stefansson commemorative monument near Arnes (July 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.80024, W96.99596
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962)

Famous Places: Federal Historic Sites in Manitoba by Sharon Babaian
Manitoba History, Number 4, 1982


We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 September 2019

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