Ice sculptures and National Ice-Carving Competition

The results are in!

For the first time in its history, Winterlude asked Canadians to vote on their 3 favourite ice sculptures. The sculptures were created by 7 sculptors across Canada based on the theme “Winter fun”.

It is now time to find out which sculptures won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!

First place

Pit Stop
Sculptor: Antonio Baisas
Location: Ottawa

Second place

Adrenaline Rush
Sculptor: Ross Baisas
Location: Gatineau

Third place

Surfing the North
Sculptor: Joel Palmer
Location: Halifax

Thank you for voting in large numbers. Admire, for the last time, these wonderful creations.

View of an ice sculpture that represents 3 characters who are standing up and are back to back. They are a spirit drum dancer, a scarf dancer child, and a polar bear standing on its hind legs and holding a ball. As Spirit Told

As Spirit Told

Sculptor: Derrald Taylor

Location: Yellowknife

The spirit drumdancer is singing of our culture and customs and how our ancestors lived thousands of years ago. The Dancing Scarf Child is mimicking the spirit drumdancers stories being told. Even the Polar Bear celebrates with toys that were made from animals and materials from the land. Mother Earth is splendid!

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Close-up view of an ice sculpture that represents a downhill skier gliding through pine trees in a tucked position. There are 2 twisted trees that surround and frame the skier. Rocky Mountain Glades

Rocky Mountain Glades

Sculptor: Scott Harrison

Location: Banff/Lake Louise

Lake Louise Alberta is the best place in Canada to be on champagne powder flying through the trees! My favorite place in the world to carve ice and snow on the slopes or lakeside with glacier views.

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Front view of an ice sculpture that represents a bear who is sitting comfortably on the ice and holding a fishing rod. Fishes are swimming below the ice and one of them is about to bite the bait. Bear Essentials

Bear essentials

Sculptor: Thomas Pitt

Location: Winnipeg

It's a lot warmer sitting on the ice than swimming in the water in the winter.

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Left-side view of an ice sculpture that represents a boy who is standing in front of a reindeer and is feeding him from a pail. The reindeer is wearing a harness and is tied to a sleigh in which a dog is sitting. Pit Stop

Pit Stop

Sculptor: Antonio Baisas

Location: Ottawa

Two lifelong friends, a boy and a reindeer, resting after a long journey in a snowy wonder.

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Left-side view of an ice sculpture that represents a snowboarder who balances and skillfully speeds down the hill flanked by waves of snow. Adrenaline Rush

Adrenaline Rush

Sculptor: Ross Baisas

Location: Gatineau

Winter fun is different for everyone. For some, the very best is snowboarding‘s adrenaline rush!

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Left-side view of an ice sculpture that represents a snowboarder who balances and skillfully speeds down the hill flanked by waves of snow. Smashing Winter

Smashing Winter

Sculptor: Jean-François Gauthier

Location: Québec

I was as quick as Maurice (the Rocket) Richard, agile like Guy Lafleur. I had the charisma and hands of Mario Lemieux, and the defensive skills of Raymond Bourque. If only I had learned to brake!

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Left-side view of an ice sculpture that represents a large ring of ice that surrounds a surfer riding a wave of melting snow. Surfing the North

Surfing the North

Sculptor: Joel Palmer

Location: Halifax

Canadian surfers on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts await winter storms and their insane waves.

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