National Ice Carving Championship

National Ice Carving Championship Coming to Charlottetown
Posted on 12/22/2021
Competition set to take place February 5th and 6th

As one of 10 host cities, the City of Charlottetown and Discover Charlottetown are pleased to represent Prince Edward Island and welcome Winterlude’s 2022 National Ice Carving Championship to Charlottetown. The local extension of the annual event beyond the nation’s capital is an opportunity made possible by Canadian Heritage.

Ice sculptures are the stars of the annual Winterlude festival that takes place in Ottawa each year, however, on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6, 2022, residents and visitors alike can admire the ice sculpture masterpieces in the making right here in Charlottetown.

Across the country, 10 experienced ice carving teams will have twenty hours to carve fifteen blocks of ice and create a work of art. As a nod to the 2022 Winter Games, the theme of the sculptures is to capture the ‘Olympic and Paralympic spirit’. The teams, representing each of the Canadian provinces, will compete simultaneously.

Beginning Friday, February 11, Canadians can vote on their favourite ice sculpture on the Winterlude website. The voting period ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 20. The three winning teams will be announced Monday, February 21.

Adding to this excitement, Jack Frost Winterfest presents Ice City will return to Charlottetown with a month of celebrations beginning Friday, February 4 and running until Sunday, March 6, 2022. Decking the streets in ice sculptures, art installations and other wintery decor, Ice City will also have Signature Events on select weekends, such as a Food & Music Festival at The Delta, a Fire & Ice Busker Festival at Founders’ Food Hall & Market, and the return of Sugar Shacks each weekend at various outdoor patios. This month-long festival will also feature horse and wagon rides, skating, outdoor yoga, snowshoeing, DJs on Confederation Centre Plaza, and more!

“This winter, go out and enjoy a great winter experience in Charlottetown. The National Ice-Carving Championship is happening in all ten Canadian provinces as part of Winterlude 2022. You can see all the sculptures on the Winterlude website starting February 11 and vote for your three favourites to win! Go discover these incredible works of art and be sure to vote before the deadline on February 20!”
—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“The winter season provides a wonderful opportunity for our residents and visitors to get outside and enjoy outdoor activities. As a local host of the Winterlude Ice Carving Championship, we are excited to be part of the national event and showcase our beautiful city.”
—Mayor Philip Brown, City of Charlottetown

“It’s a pleasure to host the National Ice-Carving championship right here in Charlottetown and an honour to be included among 10 other cities across Canada. The snowy season is an especially magical time and this will be a great complement to our Ice City Festival, which is quickly becoming a beloved annual tradition for locals and visitors of all ages.”
—Heidi Zinn, Discover Charlottetown