Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park
Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park is located in Manitoba and comprises Hecla Island, Grindstone, Black Island and multiple other small islands. The park is located on Lake Winnipeg which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. Hecla Island was originally settled by the second wave of Icelandic immigrants in 1876 who thrived for many years until they were faced with the harsh Canadian winter, disease and poor economic prospects for fishing and farming. The area was converted to a provincial park in 1969 and encompassed the Grindstone in 1997.
Today, the island has many amenities for tourists and locals to enjoy as well as a campground and resort hotel. Also located on the island is Hecla Village, which is a historic site consisting of a fishing museum, the Tommasson Boarding house, Community Hall, Hecla School the Heritage House Museum the General store, Ice House Museum and Hecla Church.