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 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
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
or in and through, this igloo inspired complex
Or down the ice-shoot toboggan run (if you are braver than I)
I hope you enjoyed this short tour and maybe contemplate visiting this winter city sometime soon.