Embrace Winter at Winnipeg's Epic New Ice Castles Exhibit

Between river skating, Warming Huts and last year’s emergence of Crokicurl, The Forks have become Winnipeg’s hub for all things winter. This year, the city’s favourite meeting place is taking things to a whole other level.

From Jan. 5 to early March, the brand new Ice Castles exhibit will give locals and visitors alike an opportunity to embrace the season in all of its frozen glory.

Constructed entirely by hand, the sprawling ice structures total 25 million pounds and feature arches as high as 50 feet. In addition to thousands of sculpted icicles, the exhibit boasts frozen thrones, spiraling towers, labyrinthine tunnels and bubbling fountains. Combined with music and a shimmering orchestra of multi-coloured lights, it makes for a truly magical (and totally Insta-worthy) outdoor experience – especially at night.

Brought to us by a company based in Utah, the Winnipeg Ice Castles have been months in the making and are one of six similar exhibits across North America. Inspired by the co-owner’s daughter’s love for fairy tales, weekend afternoon shows also feature enchanted ice princesses. For the adults, high-energy evening shows include fire spinning, hula and more.

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But that’s not all. Hidden throughout the Winter Wonderland are seven incredible painted polar bears, courtesy of local artist Kal Barteski. What’s more Winnipeg than that?

The Winnipeg Ice Castles will be open until March 3 (weather-dependent). If you plan on popping by, organizers recommend wearing boots and transporting kids in sleds instead of strollers. Tickets cost $9.95/12.95 (child/adult) on weekdays and $11.95/$16.95 (child/adult) on weekends and holidays.

To see some of the best photos of the exhibit, check out our ongoing collection here.

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