“We have a good theme and really, really amazing sculptures to go with it,” Recreation Programmer Marissa Jordan says of this year’s Canada Winter Games theme.
There are a couple new things on the program this year, according to Jordan, and these include the soup stock, extra children’s activities on Toboggan Hill, and new sports activities being hosted by Pacific Sport.
Other elements to High On Ice include horse drawn sleigh rides, toboggan, snowshoe, and mountain bike races, the Mukluk Bonspiel Tournament, “Laugh Your Ice Off” comedy show, birdfeeder craft with ArtSpace, Family Day at the pool, and of course the extravagant ice sculptures created by international professionals.
“Instead of hiding in our houses and getting cabin fever, we want to try to encourage people to get out and experience the city, and embrace the winter,” Jordan says of the festival’s Celebrate Northern Living tagline.
Jordan also says there are some High On Ice events taking place in Charlie Lake for those who may want to venture outside city limits.
“Charlie Lake host our Ice Fishing Derby… and the Crystal Cup Pond Hockey is at Charlie as well, and the Over the Line Softball,” Jordan goes on to say. “So that’s a nice little pod of activities going on in Charlie Lake.”
Jordan goes on to credit “the diverse group of people” that sat on the High On Ice Committee in ensuring there was a “something for everybody.” This group includes NEAT, the local Cadets, ArtSpace, Pacific Sport and city staff to name a few.
“We don’t want to just target one specific group,” explains Jordan. “We want everybody in the community to feel welcomed to this event, so by having all of these diverse community groups involved, they kind of offer something for everybody.”
The event kicks off Friday, February 6 2015 in Centennial Park at 6:00 p.m. with free hot chocolate provided by the Canadian Grind, and while the official closing ceremonies will take place on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Centennial Park with the Fire and Ice component; the free swim, horse sleigh rides and ice slides will still be available to the public on Monday.
“It’s suppose to be a cold one,” Jordan concludes. “So if anybody plans on going out and doing anything throughout the weekend, make sure to dress warm.”