Why Would We Live Anywhere Else?

Why Would We Live Anywhere Else?

Picture it: Winnipeg, 1966. A mega-blizzard hits the capital of Manitoba, rendering its residents – for lack of a better term – completely and utterly stuck. Medical professionals braved the elements and headed to work on snowmobiles. Sounds like a movie scene, but it really happened.

Today, with modern technology and snow clearing equipment we may be stuck for a little while – but we get mobilized again pretty quickly. Not much will keep a Winnipegger indoors for long. Organizers of The Great Ice Show were relying on this tough spirit for their inaugural outdoor festival. Challenge accepted! Lucky us, we chose a balmy day (-2C) to visit!

The cutest penguin

The cutest penguin, with Esplanade Riel in the background.

Our snow hostess.

Our snow hostess.

Traditional Red River Cart.

Traditional Red River Cart.

Nothing is getting past these guys.

Nothing is getting past these guys.

Top of the huge toboggan run, which is a scaled replica of our Legislative Building.

Top of the huge toboggan run, which is a scaled replica of the Manitoba Legislative Building.

Through the keyhole of this sculpture is the Basillica in St. Boniface.

Through the keyhole of this sculpture is the facade of the St. Boniface Cathedral.

View from outside the wolf...

View from outside the wolf…

... and the view from inside the wolf.

… and the view from inside the wolf. It was a pretty fast toboggan run with hairpin turn just under the bridge.

Might want to grab a throw before cozying up on this chair.

Might want to grab a throw before cozying up on this chair.

Does the ice bucket get extra credit if it's made of ice...?

Does the ice bucket get extra credit if it’s made of ice…?

 

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