L'il & Big Chippers
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Join us for Boardwalk Ice On Whyte and the International Ice Carving Exhibit on January 24 to 27 & January 31 to February 3, 2019
Boardwalk Ice on Whyte is delightfully fun-filled winter experience. When you visit the festival, you would find yourself surrounded by the best of winter. The International Ice Carving Competition is one of only three ice carving competitions in Canada. Be inspired and amazed as up to 10 teams of professional artists work to create jaw-dropping icy splendors.
This year the competition will be held in a tent to control the temperature and protect the sculptures from the outside environment. Be amazed by blocks of ice that have been transformed into masterpieces of art.
Create Your Own Ice Carving
After viewing the ice sculptures, take a shot at creating your own small ice carving in the inflatable igloo. The igloo will host L’il & Big Chipper classes for people of all ages. In the evening the festival grounds are lit with colourful accent lights. Visit the Ice Bar Tent for a locally crafted beverage and stroll around the park taking in this feast for your eyes.
Complete your Old Strathcona Experience and get great deals on dining, entertainment, and activities during the Festival. Offers will be available December 15, 2018.
This winter festival runs from January 24 to 27 & January 31 to February 3, 2019.
Ice Carving Exhibit
Arrivals Park (SE Corner of Whyte Avenue and Gateway Blvd)
Tickets are available online or at the gate; we accept cash, VISA, Mastercard and debit.
Boardwalk Ice on Whyte is located at Whyte Avenue and Gateway Blvd in Old Strathcona, Edmonton.
The Festival site is located in the heart of Old Strathcona, an arts and entertainment area that is filled with wonderful shopping, dining, theatre, live music and much more.
For questions and concerns regarding ticket purchases, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
General Admission tickets are valid for any date of the festival.
Ticket Terms and Conditions:
Parking is available in the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market parking lot at Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and 85 Avenue
There are walkways throughout the park and pathways created in the snow. If you have someone with you to assist you, it should be fine.
The festival is presented by the Ice on Whyte Festival Society, a non-profit society. The festival does not offer discounts.
Dogs are not allowed on the Festival site.
Absolutely! There are amazing photo opportunities at Ice on Whyte. The carvings are lit up at night and are spectacular. We really appreciate when our guest share photos on social media. Please tag us @iceonwhyte and use the hashtag #iceonwhyte so we can show them off too.
The festival operates in a safe environment for all visitors. Each of the ice carvings in the competition area weighs over 2,000 kgs (4,500 lbs). Thank you for never crossing into the roped off area around the ice carvings at any time. Visitors who cross into the roped off carving areas will be dismissed from the park immediately.
Carving ice is made by a special process that freezes from the bottom up, so it’s perfectly clear. It is a fascinating process, visit our supplier, Ice Culture, and check out some of their videos.
Two semi loads of ice will be used. That’s 320 blocks of ice, 48,000 kg’s or 96,000 lbs of ice.
The ice comes from Ice Culture near Mississauga, Ontario. Ice Culture creates the best carving ice in Canada and it is one of the only large-scale carving ice manufacturing plants in the country.
The Ice on Whyte Festival is produced by an incredible production team that can accomplish pretty much anything, except control the weather. Over the past 12 years, weather conditions during the festival covered a range of -23 C to +12 C and remained open for all but 3 days. The ideal temperature would, of course, be -5 C and overcast for every day of the festival.
Beginning in 2018, the International Ice Carving Competition exhibit will be in a giant tent to keep the sculptures pristine for the duration of the festival.
Thank you for also remembering that the ticket purchaser bears all risks of inclement weather.
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