Snow Carvers Arrive In Yellowknife For The Snowking International Snow Carving Competition

Team Captain Bob Fulks with team member. Photo Courtesy Kristen Berkeley.

Snow carvers from across the world have arrived in Yellowknife for the SnowKing Winter Festival International Snow Carving Competition.

This is the fourth year of the International Snow Carving Competition which takes place from February 21st– 24th on the grounds of Yellowknife Bay.

There will be four teams of three participating from Canada, the U.S. France and Germany.

Bob Fulks, the captain of team North America, says his team plans on making a snow sculpture that depicts the circular nature of life.

This is going to be a school of fish swimming in a circle. And basically it is trying to depict how humans tend to want to go in a different direction all the time. Whereas in nature it’s unusual to see something going […] so our whole plan is to have one of the school going in the opposite direction.

He estimates that it will take approximately 40 hours to complete the piece. That is about 10 hours a day working on the frozen ice road.

And while working in the snow may not be desirable for most, Bob says the snow in Yellowknife has been great to work with.

It’s kind of a complicated piece. You could not do it everywhere in the world except here, because the snow is so beautiful and so strong. You are able to stretch things out a lot more than anywhere else.

It’s still earlier in the competition, but Bob and his team look forward to sharing their piece with the Yellowknife community upon completion.

The International Snow Carving competition is just one of many events that will take place at the grounds of the Snowking Castle.

The public is encouraged to visit the carving grounds for free from February 21st to the 24th from 9am-6pm.

The judging for the carving competition will commmence Saturday, February 24th 2018 at 6pm.



About the Author

Kristen Berkeley
Kristen is a multimedia journalist, reporter and producer at CKLB. Originally from Toronto, Kristen was interested in Indigenous issues and decided to relocate to Yellowknife to join CKLB. Kristen received her education from York University with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She is also a graduate from the Seneca-at-York Broadcast Journalism program. If you want to get in contact with Kristen, send her an email at

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