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Edmonton Ice Castle


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To prepare each site, sod is laid with irrigation piping and electrical wiring that allow the castles to grow and also for lighting to be fixed and frozen into the formations. The lattice scaffolds are created with icicles grown at night in special "icicle farms," often as many as 10,000 at a time. The base of each castle is approximately 10-15 feet thick and the structure grows in stages of two to three foot increments.

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One of Ice Castles' "icicle farms". Image © Brian Benson Courtesy of Ice Castles

“We fuse the icicles in formations – vertically and horizontally – where we intend for the towers and walls to grow,” says Christensen. “We start on the ground and as each layer collects more ice and thickens we add layer upon layer until the structures grow upwards of 20-35 feet tall.” Because the process involves ice being added to more ice, Christensen says the method is not unlike welding. “Since the process of adding new icicles involves the spraying of water, everything is melted and frozen together so that the structures are basically one solid piece of ice.”

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The castles are created by spraying water over a scaffold of icicles. Image © Brian Benson Courtesy of Ice Castles

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Constructing the scaffold using farmed icicles. Image © Brian Benson Courtesy of Ice Castles

While each castle begins with a blueprint of sorts, and the gradual buildup allows for degrees of control, the process is ultimately an organic one - “Mother Nature always has the final say,” as Christensen puts it. In the past, the company did experiment with other materials being used to further shape the constructions, but Ice Castles has found that solid ice has the most structural integrity. As these are outdoor creations, susceptible to the whims of changing weather, the castles are constantly being rebuilt throughout the season, but the overall design remains the same. And although different elements are incorporated (such as slides, waterfalls, and fountains) from location to location and year to year, the castles all share a signature flowing appearance.
Ice Castle returning to Edmonton this winter
Chill, Edmonton: the Ice Castle is coming back for another season.

The Utah-based Ice Castles company will once again be journeying north to construct a massive ice palace in Hawrelak Park. They said last year they had an “incredible reception” in their first trip to Edmonton.

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Popular ice castle returning to Edmonton for 2017/2018 winter season

Ice Castles is bringing its massive winter display to Edmonton this winter.

The massive “Narnia-like” ice castle will once again delight Edmontonians and visitors to the city this winter.

Ice Castles, which has built castles across the United States since 2009, announced on Facebook it is returning to Edmonton for the third year in a row.


Ice Castles is bringing its winter display to Edmonton this season.

Ice Castles has once again partnered with the City of Edmonton and the Silver Skate Festival to bring the winter attraction back to Hawrelak Park in Edmonton’s river valley.

For the past two years, construction began in November, and the acre-sized castles were open from late December to late February. Both years the company planned to operate into March, but unseasonably warm weather two years in a row caused the castle to melt and become unsafe, forcing an early closure.
Commercial FinalTo construct 7 temporary event structures (2-Ticketing booths, 1- workshop building (2 sea cans w/roof), 1 valve shed (sea can), 3 - 14'x16' tents, & 1- 8'x20' trailer). Function: Ice Castle Festival DATES: from October 2019 to March 2020