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Photos by Maxine Ingalls

By: Maxine Ingalls

an you feel the magic?" That's the question I ask
Icelandic tourists when I take them on a tour
through Hecla Island Village. They look at me
with a quizzical look and say, "What magic?" I tell them
to stop and look around at the picturesque landscape
in front of them. The magic of a huge lake on a calm day
sparkling with light as nature casts a million shimmering diamonds over the blanket of water. Fishing boats
moored at the local dock or a dozen or more anxious fishermen casting their lures off the dock in hopes of catching another "big one" to show off to his or her neighbour!
Pelicans and seagulls squawking at each other fighting
over a fish or perhaps there might be an otter sliding in
and around the shore playing hide and seek, peeking up
above the water to see who is watching his activity. Bald
eagles gliding through the air with their massive wing
span landing in a nearby treetop hoping to grab a tossed
away fish.
An evening sunset over the lake producing pink and
turquoise hues that eventually turn to brilliant orange and
flaming red across the sky as the sun gives up her control
to the late night darkness. The moonlight casting eerie
shadows across the historic buildings in the Village. The
sound of a coyote or a lone wolf howling sending shivers
down one's back as a reminder that some things cannot
be tamed. After a few moments of reflection, the answer
to my question is a resounding, "Yes! I can feel the magic!"
Hecla Island is approximately a two hour drive from
Winnipeg north on Highway 8. It is the largest island in
Lake Winnipeg and was an Icelandic community settled by
immigrants fleeing Iceland in the late 1800's. Fishing, farming and lumber were the main industries that sustained the
community. The Island at its peak had about 500 inhabitants. Life was good! But as is the case with many small
towns and villages, children grow up, seek a better way
of life, better education and then choose to live in more
urban centres that have more opportunities for jobs and
advancement.
In the latter part of the 1990's, there was a resettlement whereby many descendants returned to the island
as cottagers both in the Village and North shore. Tourism


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