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This year’s Frostival event just won’t be the same with all the COVID-19 health restrictions in place.
It’s going to be bigger than ever!
The annual event, a favourite for local residents, is growing from a weekend to a weeklong festival, with amazing snow structures going up in parks around High Level. Canfor Park, Community Park, Centennial Park, and of course – Jubilee Park – will all be home to large interactive snow sculptures this year.
Jena Clarke, High Level’s Community Development Manager, said the goal was to create something special for the community this year while still adhering to Public Health Order guidelines.
“We know this has been a hard year for everybody,” she said. “And we know Frostival is one of High Level’s favourite community events. We wanted to see what we could do to make it happen. And after doing some research into how other communities are doing things, we decided to make it a week-long event and move the snow structures everyone loves so much to different parts of town.”
The event will see the return of Ice on Whyte to create amazing snow and ice sculptures, and local residents will again be invited out to watch these artists at work.
Canfor Park will feature a 30-foot ice slide;
Community Park will be home to a snow castle photo wall;
Centennial Park will host a snow maze; and
Jubilee Park will feature a number of large, sturdy sculptures that children will be able to interact with.
Clarke said it was important that the sculptures be located in Jubilee Park as it is home of the winter event.
“We still wanted to have something there, because it’s a tradition to have it there,” she said. “And that park is also used a lot as a skate path, so we are expecting a lot of people in the area.”
A note about COVID-19 Health Restrictions
While every effort will be made to provide enough space for residents to enjoy the snow sculptures and ice carvings safely, the Town does not have the resources to manage these sites for nine full days in terms of ensuring COVID-19 health protocols are observed. In order for this event to be safe for the community, we would ask that anyone visiting the sculptures do everything possible to follow health guidelines.
That means keeping properly distanced from people who do not live with you, and it could include making use of a mask outdoors just to be extra safe – and to keep warm while you are out enjoying the festival!
High Level residents have proven they are very good at keeping themselves, their families, and their neighbours safe during this pandemic. Keep up the great work!
The Sixth Annual Frostival will run from February 20 to 28, and promises to be “9 Days of Snow-Mazing Fun!” Watch the Town’s Facebook page for the launch of a special Event Page just for Frostival!