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These ice globes top the ice wall leading into the Great Ice Exhibition

These ice globes top the ice wall leading into the Great Ice Exhibition

People wonder how we survive in a winter city like Winnipeg, where the winters are long and the temperatures can be extremely cold.  The answer is, if you live here you don’t survive the winter, you embrace it. There are things we can do in a winter city that can only be dreamt about in cities with warmer winter climates.

An example is the Great Ice Exhibition which just opened at The Forks (a favourite spot for tourists and residents alike).

The exhibition has ice sculptures (by artists from as far away as China), structures that you can climb on and enter, toboggan runs and more.  You can reach the exhibition by walking from the parking areas or by taking the skating trail.  Imagine ice-skating from destination to destination. Try that in Phoenix!

Click on any photo to see a larger version (all photos by Rod Sprange)

The entrance to the Ice Exhibition

The entrance to the Ice Exhibition

The weather has actually been a little mild for this time of year, and we had a very pleasant walk around the exhibition last Friday.

Ice is a wonderful medium for sculpting.  From elephants

Ice elephant to frogs,frog to peopleface detail  to penguinspenguins the ice captures light and

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It amazes me that the sculptors often begin their creations by carving the rough shapes using chain-saws!

As well as the animals and other sculpted forms are some large structures that invite interaction.

This crystal bridge was quite amazing

ice bridge 1 You can go upice bridge 2 ice bridge 3 ice bridge 4 or over

or in and through, this igloo inspired complex

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Or down the ice-shoot toboggan run (if you are braver than I)

DSC03960There are no brakes on a toboggan, but the odd break or two!

Susan was busy with her camera too - and added scale to this sculpture

Susan was busy with her camera too – and added scale to this sculpture

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You can see the wonderful National Human Rights Museum - which has an ice theme too - and is important to visit.

Behind the walrus you see the wonderful Human Rights Museum (The first national museum in Canada to be located outside the capital of Ottawa). The museum architect employed an ice theme too.

What a lovely backdrop for an ice exhibition

What a perfect backdrop for an ice exhibition.

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The giant head is the entrance to the top of another toboggan slide. kids love coming through the open jaws

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Sometimes you need to be left a little off-balance - and that's what the Human Rights Museum can do.

Sometimes you need to be left a little off-balance – and that’s what the Human Rights Museum can do.

I hope you enjoyed this short tour and maybe contemplate visiting this winter city sometime soon.

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