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ice column, ottawa winter carnival 1922 Chateau Laurier Mikan3301072

Credit: Henry Joseph Woodside. Ice column in front of the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, 1922. Ottawa Winter Carnival. Library and Archives Canada, Topley Collection. Mikan number: 3301072

ice column in front of the old post office Ottawa winter carnival 1922. Mikan 3384979

Credit: Samuel J. Jarvis. Ice column in front of the old post office, 1922. Ottawa Winter Carnival. Library and Archives Canada. Mikan number: 3384979

The Ottawa Winter Carnival was apparently the precursor to today’s Winterlude festival, of which I wrote last Sunday.

Yesterday saw the start of the ice sculpture competition. As the weather is sufficiently cold but much milder than the weather we have had in recent weeks (fortunate sculptors!), I slipped out of the office yesterday afternoon for a half an hour and hobbled over to the park to take a peek.

A “quickie” competition was held yesterday morning and produced the smaller sculptures around the fountain (the disco person is my sentimental favourite!), while the other mountains of ice reflect the beginnings of designs for the overnight competition to finish today I believe. Good luck to all of the competitors from near and far away!

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With apologies to the sculptor of this lovely design, as I failed to capture the plaque associated with it. (Will update when I have the name!)

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I did not see an attribution of these bears to anyone. They were at the entrance to the park.

Designs and early-stage sculptures:

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Something I am very sorry to have missed for not having been alive and participating in the carnival in the 1920s (!) is the toboggan chute that there apparently once was. Frankly, however, with my injury history on ice, perhaps it is best that I missed this opportunity! My fond memories of careening downhill on a wooden toboggan with my brothers when I was little are going to have to suffice for now.

Rideau locks 1922 Toboggan chute, Winter Carnival, Chateau Laurier Mikan number 3301073

Credit: Henry Joseph Woodside. Rideau Locks, toboggan chute, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa Winter Carnival 1922. Library and Archives Canada. Mikan number: 3301073

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