In 2003, the Ice on Whyte festival officially began because a few creative individuals wanted to showcase ice carving.
A group of local sculptors and the Old Strathcona Business Association worked together to showcase ice carving in McIntyre Park and people came to enjoy the magical works of art. Very shortly the festival outgrew McIntyre Park and moved to the park, commonly know as Festival Park, on 85 Avenue and 104 Street.
In 2009, the first international ice carving competiton took place and artists continue to come from around the world to create incredible works of art from frozen water.
Ice on Whyte has grown into Edmonton's premier winter festival and now features an international ice carving competition that is sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association and 10 days of interactive outdoor winter activities. Visitors enjoy beautiful ice sculptures, a giant ice slide, a children's play area, live musical entertainment, and ice carving workshops for school groups and families.
Ice on Whyte is presented by the Ice on Whyte Festival Society, and has successfully grown through the continued support of many community minded businesses and organizations, and the dedication of volunteers and artists.
In October of 2012, the Ice on Whyte Festival won an Alberta Tourism Award in the Alberta Pride Category!
Join us in 2013, celebrate the 10th anniversary festival and explore a world of ice and snow sculptures and everything else the festival has to offer.