Selkirk, Manitoba, calls itself the ‘Catfish Capital of the World’ because of the record size catches from the Red River. Chuck the Channel Catfish is a 10m high fibreglass statue constructed in 1986. It’s name is in memory of William Charles “Chuck” Lawrence Norquay, a local angler who played a significant role in promoting catfishing on the river. At age 37, Chuck lost his life in a tragic boating accident while fishing on the Red River in 1993, doing what he loved best, fishing.
The first Icelandic Festival Parade was held Winnipeg in 1890, and in 1932, the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba was brought to Gimli. The first European settlers in Gimli were Icelandic immigrants who settled there in 1875. As of the 2016 census, 28% of Gimli's population has Icelandic ancestry. The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba hosts several thousand tourists yearly. Jewellery, paintings and Icelandic food are available. Reenactors perform battles, blacksmithing, crafting, and sewing. Gimli has the largest Icelandic population outside of Iceland.