High on Ice Festival offering winter workshops

If ice carving is something that tickles your fancy, but you’ve never had the opportunity to give it a try, an ice carving and sculpting workshop is being held the week before the festival by professional ice carver, John McKinnon.

Along with ice carving, McKinnon will also be holding a snow sculpting course, offering his artistic insight to anyone looking to transform a clump of snow into something special.


The date for the ice carving workshop has been set for Saturday, February 2, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., while the snow sculpting workshop is being held the following day, Sunday, February 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Following the two workshops, participants can show off their new skills, as the High On Ice Festival will be holding both ice carving, and snow sculpting competitions.

The Community Ice Carving Competition will take place in Centennial Park Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Registration fees are $75 per team of two, and an extra $25 per additional teammate. Fees can be paid by either cash or cheque, made payable to the City of Fort St. John, and registration and waiver forms can be dropped off at City Hall, or the North Peace Leisure Pool front desk.

However, those who took part in the ice sculpting workshop will have their entrance fees waived if they choose to showcase their new skills in the competition.

For more information, either call 250-719-6092 or email [email protected].

The following day, Sunday, February 10, winter competitors will once again gather at Centennial Park, for the Snow Sculpting Competition, taking place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Like the ice sculpting competition, those who take place in the workshops will have their fees waived for the snow sculpting competition.

Fees to register cost $15 per person, and can be paid the same way as the Ice Sculpting Competition.