Open air ice museum

The snow capital of the world, Quebec City hosts the annual Quebec Winter Carnival from Jan-Feb. During those three weeks, the festival grounds turn into a giant open air ice museum with an ice castle surrounded by ice sculptures created by artists who come from around the world.

In 1973, the International Snow Sculpture Competition of Québec officially opened and four teams participated. It is the oldest snow sculpture competition and one of the most prestigious. Every year, sculptors from the four corners of the earth meet the challenge to create a work of art with this ephemeral and fragile medium under extraordinary conditions.

The competition is judged in three categories: Student Artist CategoryQuebec and Canadian Categories and International Category.

While judges award the winner in each of the categories, visitors can walk through these giant marvelous structures carved entirely of snow and ice. The sculpture are at least 5-6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, some even larger. It is incredible how these artists work outdoors in negative temperatures to create a unique piece of art that eventually melts away.

Stay at an ice hotel when visiting Quebec 

 

Take a bath in French style

The snow bath was an essential party during the 58th Winter Carnival in Quebec this February. Eighty-some participants volunteered to shed their clothes down to their bathing suits to bathe in the snow, while it was -20C outside!

A little bit of preparation was needed in order to be on stage while hundreds of people watched. Participants had to sign waivers and vigorously exercise for almost two hours before the event. They also made use of the saunas at the Carnival to warm up their bodies before going for a snow dip.

The crowds cheered on as Bonhomme, the official Carnival mascot came to greet the snow bathers.

People were rolling around in the snow for almost half an hour. I suppose all the dancing and jumping around was keeping them warm. In the background, Macarena and 80’s music was blaring.

Super heroes don’t feel cold. Look at the expression on this man’s face.

Oh the joys of winter! You must have a great attitude to participate in a Quebec snow bath.

Some of these people are looking too pink or is it just me? My fingers froze while I was just taking these pictures and I had to go indoors before they did.