Snowkings Winter Festival to feature ‘winter garden’ and snow structure for 2021

While construction doesn't officially start until Jan. 1, festival organizers have begun harvesting ice. (Photo courtesy of Bill Braden)

Yellowknife has come to expect the walls, turrets and bastions that make up the Snowcastle on Great Slave Lake.

While there will be a snow structure next March, “it won’t be quite likes castles of years past,” say organizers.

There will also be a “winter garden”, essentially an ice playground that will feature “recreational and artistic installations.”

(Photo courtesy of Bill Braden)

Those whose favourite part of the festival is to race down the ice slide can rest assured it will feature prominently in the garden.

“Despite the difficulties of our times, we are still committed to bringing winter fun to the children,” says the Snowking. “There may be aspects of the festival that you will miss this year, but we hope to broaden our scope and bring something cool to our town that we can continue to be proud of.”

For the past two years, the month-long festival has been cut short. In 2019, unseasonably warm weather caused the castle’s rapid decline into ruin and, well, readers know what happened in 2020…

Official construction for the 2021 festival begins on Jan. 1.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.