Spring is in the air around here – suddenly the air is filled with bird song, the frogs are waking up from their long winters sleep, and the lake ice is melting. Soon Houseboat 28 will be floating again. It’s hard to believe that only 6 weeks ago we were walking over to see events at the fabulous Ice Castle on the lake, and celebrating the winter at the Long John Jamboree, Yellowknife’s annual winter carnival.
This year for the first time I had more time than usual to take in the winter carnival and enjoy the concerts on at the castle throughout the month of March. To my enduring regret, I had to work the night the Norwegian musician performed a concert on instruments he made on the spot, from the ice. Can you imagine? My favorite addition to the castle this year was all the windows made from clear lake ice.
The ice castle featured its usual rooms – dance hall, coffee bar, ice sitting area, band stand, children’s outdoor play area, and the fabulous ice slide, with great views over the lake from the top of the stairs. There was also the annual art show.
The castle, as usual, had amazing details throughout.
Outside the castle there were the carvings – the local snow carvings, and the international ice carvings competition. The snow carvings lasted the month, the detail gradually eroding and wobbling as the sun affected the surface of the snow. The ice carvings came and went quickly – it was very warm this year. The crowd favorite and winning entry was the amazing mosquito with his delicate ice legs and wings.
Another favorite of mine this year was the beer garden – who wouldn’t love this bar? I heard it was a joint effort by all the ice carvers. What fun.
Out on the lake, the dog sled races went on for 3 days – the start and finish line was right outside our door. It was exciting to watch.
Thanks Snow King, for another GREAT season at the castle!!