While touring Manitoba, take a detour off the main highway and see the barn quilts that are popping up throughout the Interlake. The Interlake Barn Quilt Trail was officially opened in July 2015. Two local quilters who had travelled in the USA and had seen barn quilts there decided it would be an addition to tourism in Manitoba to develop their own Barn Quilt Trail. With the support of the Arborg Agricultural Society, the guidance of the Interlake Tourism Association and a grant from Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, the trail began.
There are currently 21 barn quilts on the Interlake Trail from Ashern in the north to Matlock in the south. Other towns include: Fisher Branch, Arborg, Gimli, Winnipeg Beach, Ponemah, Silver, Sandy Hook and Arnes. Many more will be painted this summer which will increase not only the number of barn quilts but also the areas in which they will be displayed.
Together we are decorating the Interlake with beautiful quilt block replicas that celebrate Interlake culture, heritage, communities, art, agriculture, and tourism.