Where the heavyweights of ice carving indulge in fantasy
Every January, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada’s grand old railway hotels, hosts the Ice Magic International Ice Carving Competition, when a dozen two-person teams gather on the frozen shores of Lake Louise to create fantastic sculptures out of ice. Each team has 34 hours to shape 15 massive blocks of ice into a soaring sculpture related to a specific theme. This year’s more conceptual theme, “WordPlay: Where language comes out to play,’’ will bring storytelling alive. The competition runs Jan. 20 to 22 this year, as part of the Ice Magic Festival.