Winterlude

Winterlude is an annual winter festival held in Ottawa, Ontario, and Gatineau, Quebec, run by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

For the 44th edition of Winterlude, Canadians from coast to coast will get to enjoy world-class works of art and vote online for their top 3 favourite sculptures as part of Winterlude’s 2nd Annual National Ice-Carving Championship. With over 15 years of Ice Carving event hosting experience, Fort St. John was selected as the location for Team BC Carvers: Ryan Cook and Kevin Lewis (who learned the tricks of the trade right here in the Energetic City).

Representing every one of Canada’s 10 provinces, teams of 2 sculptors had 20 hours to sculpt 15 blocks of ice and create a work of art inspired by the theme ‘’Olympic and Paralympic spirit,’’ a nod to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

Winterlude 2022 - National Ice Carving Championship

Team BC battled unseasonably warm temperatures and strong winds to complete their sculpture, titled "Two Golden Moments" in just 12 hours before mother nature forced them to stop working.

Two Golden Moments represents Sydney Crosby’s Golden Goal in February 2010 when Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team defeated Team USA. The sculpture celebrates this moment, invoking Canadian joy and pride again. Juxtaposed to an Olympic-like ring and medal, the athletes and maple leaves are surrounded by a gold-covered circle. Hollowing out, extracting the figures, and emphasizing them were technical challenges for the sculptors. With 4 and 8 years of experience, Lewis and Cook sought to push their team to the brink and hopefully provoked a golden moment of their own.