Ice castle to return this winter
Edmontonians can look forward to a majestic ice castle once again this winter, with tens of thousands of icicles creating a 12-metre high structure.
The project — brainchild of Utah-based Ice Castles — first arrived in Hawrelak Park in 2015 and will be one of six ice castles across North America this winter.
“Our hope is that our presence in all six locations will give families ... an inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors together,“Ice Castles chief executive Ryan Davis said in a Thursday news release.
Most of the locations will open in late December, offering visitors a chance to walk through tunnels and admire archways, fountains and slides — totalling around 25 million pounds of ice.
“Each icicle is shaped and hand-placed onto existing ice formations before getting sprayed with water,” the release said. “The ice is embedded with colourchanging LED lights set to a musical soundtrack at night.”
Frosty fortresses will appear in Midway, Utah; Lincoln, N.H.; Stillwater, Minn.; and Dillon, Colo., which is a new location.
Winnipeg will also be welcoming an ice castle for the first time.
Visitors take in Ice Castles at Hawrelak Park last December.