Ice cas­tle to re­turn this win­ter

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

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.

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Vis­i­tors take in Ice Cas­tles at Hawre­lak Park last De­cem­ber.

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