Castles in the Snow

These snow sculptures were constructed by teams from all across the country for this year’s Winterlude. They are on display at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec.

I think this is my favourite.

Team Manitoba did a great job on it.

This one shows a group of kids tobogganing. 

Team Alberta made this huge pair of ice skates. The detail is absolutely amazing.

This one is a take on global warming.

The placard explains what it is all about. 
This sculpture shows traditional dog-sledding in a climate where the snow just becomes slush. The dogs are in a boat instead of pulling the sled.
This one shows kids playing under the moonlight.

Here’s a miniature of the snow sculpture that depicts an Inuit man ice-fishing.

I talked to one of the artists and he told me that it took four days to complete the huge snow sculpture you see below.

These works of ephemeral art are really amazing. I don’t know how they get such detail our of a pile of snow. I have a hard enough time just trying to make a realistic snowman. 
This shot just goes to show you the scale of these sculptures. They are absolutely huge and incredibly detailed. I’ve never seen anything like it before. 

13 responses to “Castles in the Snow”

  1. Hi Chase .. aren't they wonderful – and so detailed as you say.

    We have a sand sculpture exhibition at Brighton (further west from here) which is amazing – and I found those sculptures so impressive too .. the sand ones stay for a couple of weeks – obviously slightly longer than your ice ones.

    It's just being able to visualise the scale etc .. and do them so quickly as you say – they look fantastic and I've loved seeing them .. thank you for posting the pictures up ..

  2. Hi Hilary,

    I'll have to see if I can get to a sand sculpture contest. I'm sure there must be some in Canada too. That would be cool to see and blog about as well.

    These winter sculptures apparently stay up for weeks but the daily sunshine starts to melt away some of the incredible detail.

    I'm glad you've enjoyed the pics!

  3. Hi Ela,

    I can play the accordion, French Horn, and trumpet. I also write and produce rap songs, although I haven't done so in quite some time. I lead the choir at school and a hip-hop club. I just love music!

    Hi Chipazoid,

    I haven't seen you in the blogosphere in a long time. It's good to see you again.

    Hi Barbara,

    It's pretty impressive isn't it. Thanks for the comment!

  4. The radio you are on sounds like a lot of rap but I sometimes have problem knowing which style is which. I am not a good singer and usually do not join in singing but lately I don't care that I don't sound good I just enjoy singing few words I remember.

    Good luck with your music

  5. Hi Ela,

    Singing is a great way to express yourself. Keep doing it no matter what anyone says. I truly believe that everyone can sing.

    Obviously my favourite type of music is rap. I really enjoy doing the rap radio show we do every week. It is so much fun.

  6. 🙂 no not everyone can sing.
    I can't stop smilling.
    I dont' know what weather you are having but here where I am its sunny and warm and I'm triping on sunshine.
    wow, it feels good to know spring is coming.
    okay, me back to work.