Ice sculptures decorate downtown Winnipeg

February 3, 2022 9:39 p.m. | News

Artist Larry MacFarlane works on his ice sculpture in Bonnycastle Park. (@DOWNTOWNWINNIPEGBIZ / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — Ice sculptures are taking shape in downtown Winnipeg, encouraging people to get outside to enjoy their frozen creative beauty.

winter travel is a new initiative of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ with the help of Sputnik Architecture, the company behind the annual heated hut competition at The Forks.

Local artists have been commissioned to carve ice sculptures at various locations downtown, which not only bring joy to those who encounter them, but also celebrate the winter season in Winnipeg.

“Activating spaces is one of the key strategies for downtown’s economic recovery,” said Pamela HardmanDirector of Marketing, Engagement and Communications for Downtown Winnipeg BIZ.

“We want to build on the success of the Nestaweya River Trail and give people more reason to spend time this winter enjoying unique experiences and downtown businesses.

According to the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, the 11 sculptures are made of ice harvested from the river from blocks measuring 1.6 cubic meters of water and weighing 1.5 metric tons. The largest sculptures are made from 4-5 blocks of ice stacked together.

The ice sculptures are almost complete and will be visible day or night with colored lights.

A map of the sculptures and their locations is available at

  • Bonny Castle Park (Assiniboine Avenue)
    Larry MacFarlane, Corby Pearce and Thomas Pitt – sticks and skates; Polar bear; winter birds
  • Burton Cummings Theater (364 Smith Street)
    Larry MacFarlane, Corby Pearce and Thomas Pitt – Piano player
  • Millennium Library (251 Donald Street on Graham Avenue)
    Jodine Leigh – biblio-octopus
    J. Wayne Stranger – Kinew (Bald Eagle)
  • Legacy Square at True North Square (242 Hargrave Street)
    Sponsored by True North Square and BentallGreenOak.
    Chris Pancoe and Peter Hargraves – Belugas
  • Trade union center (275 Broadway)
    Allan Fogg – Song to the Moon
    Daniel & Helen Lepp Friesen – A moment… in the mirror
  • Alt Hotel / The Market Kitchen (314 Donald Street)
    Chris Pancoe – Call and Response

Map of Winterland Wanderland

David H. Henry