Welcome to the Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton Website

Bifrost-Riverton is located approximately 100 kilometers north of Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital. The community lies along the western shore of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba’s largest lake, and is part of the province’s Interlake Region. The municipality includes the growing community of Riverton, and surrounds the Town of Arborg. We hope that you find the information provided here interesting and useful. If you are not currently a resident of Bifrost-Riverton, we hope that you will visit us soon to see what we have to offer to tourists, residents and businesses.

About the Municipality

PROFILE - ABOUT THE MUNICIPALITY OF BIFROST-RIVERTON

Formed by the January 1, 2015 amalgamation of the RM of Bifrost and the Village of Riverton, the Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton is located in Manitoba's Interlake Region, laying along on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg. The municipality has a rural population of about 2,976 people, with the community of Riverton boasting a population of about 538 people. The Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton includes the communities of Riverton, Morweena, Okno and Hnausa. The Town of Arborg is surrounded by the municipality.

In summer, main attractions are the sandy beaches and the Arborg Aquatic Park which features water slides, spray park and an Olympic size swimming pool. The Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village is a great way to spend a day, and the development of the Riverton Transportation Heritage Centre promises much to look forwards to. The rivers, marshes and creeks are good for people to fish in during the summer and to hunt in during the winter.  Winter boasts many activities such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice fishing and snowshoeing. Both independently and in partnership with the Town of Arborg, the municipality offers walking trails, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, parks, hockey arenas, curling rinks and community halls.

HISTORY

Bifrost: The word Bifrost comes from a Scandinavian word from Norse mythology meaning rainbow bridge connecting heaven and earth. In 1875, the Canadian Government set aside a portion of land on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, which was called New Iceland and was inhabited by over 1200 Icelandic settlers.  This area was considered the Rural Municipality of Gimli, but it was decided that the municipality be split up, because of the poor condition of the roads that made travel too difficult to get to the government offices.  In 1907, the RM of Gimli was split and the northwestern part became known as Bifrost and then the RM of Bifrost in 1908. The municipal offices for Bifrost were set up in Hnausa and remained there until 1916 when the office was moved to the Town of Arborg.

Riverton: Formerly the site of Aboriginal hunting grounds, Riverton was established by Icelandic settlers in 1876. Several other ethnic groups, including Ukrainian, German, Mennonite, Hungarian and Polish immigrants settled here years later, enriching and expanding Riverton's cultural heritage. The agricultural and fishing industries have traditionally been the basis of the local economy. However, entrepreneurial spirit, literary and sports accomplishments and some of the finest musical entertainers in the Interlake make up a very diversified community.The community spirit in Riverton remains vibrant. Residents care about their community and are willing to volunteer time and resources to making Riverton a great place to live.

 

Community Profile - Community Profile

Lake Friendly

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Contact Us

329 River Road, Box 70, Arborg, MB R0C 0A0
Phone: 376-2391  Fax: 376-2742
Email:  bifrost@mymts.net