It was announced back in the summer that Edmonton was going to be one of the four cities in North America to host an Ice Castle. What the hell is an Ice Castle? Well, it’s a castle made of ice. Come on, get it together people.
I was definitely pumped to go see this bad boy but wanted to wait until the hype was over and the weather was better. Not that we’ve had any reason to complain about the weather here. A ton of my friends had gone and it mostly got the review of “yeah, it was good.” I was waiting for OMG YOU HAVE TO GO LIKE YESTERDAY IT WAS SO COOL AND AWESOME. But at least no one claimed that it was garbage. I mean, how could you really? It was a CASTLE made of ICE.
Finally, Graeme and I decided to go last night, which was a great decision as the weather was great. Seeing the castle from the outside, it was glow-y and ice-y. It’s unreal how awesome I am at describing shit.
I mean, it WAS ice-y and glow-y.
It was our turn to go inside and IMMEDIATELY my mind turned to how this is totally what Rivendell would look like if Middle Earth ever went through an ice age. The music mixed with the many lights hitting the ice, the intricate little caverns you could walk through, the details within the walls of the castle, the tiny waterfall, EVERYTHING. I just pretended the little kids running around were hobbits.
Both Graeme and I had such a good time. Naturally, as we saw people laughing in one section and noticed kids sliding down something, Graeme exclaimed “OH MA GAWD THERE’S A SLIDE! CAN I GO ON THE SLIDE” Yes Graeme, you can go down the slide.
Beware of some wild animals.
A few quick facts about the Ice Castle:
- 20,000,000 pounds of ice is used to make this beast.
- During the growing phase, they use over 10,000 icicles a day.
- Everything is built by hand.
The Ice Castle won’t be here much longer as the days are getting longer and the weather is getting better and better, but it should be open until the end of February. So if you’re looking for something to do and have that Elf costume hanging in your closet not being used, you should definitely check it out. Even if you don’t have an Elf costume, I GUESS.
Maybe go as an Orc and jump over the walls and start attacking people, jokingly.
Okay, don’t do that.