Edmonton’s International Ice Carving Competition Returns This Month in a New Location at ICE District Plaza!

The Ice on Whyte Festival Society – soon to be renamed Activate Arts Alberta – is pleased to announce the return of Edmonton’s International Ice Carving Competition with a new name and an exciting new location. ICE District Plaza is hosting Chiseled in the heart of Edmonton’s vibrant downtown. The Society invited 8 2-person teams to create 15 block sculptures in 36 hours, from January 24 to 26, 2023. This year’s roster is comprised of some of the best ice-carving artists from across Canada and around the world.

Daily Timeline

Date Time Event
January 24
8:00 AM—10:00 PM Carving
January 25 8:00 AM—1:00 PM
5:00 PM—Midnight
January 26 8:00 AM—2:00 PM Carving followed by judging
January 27 Voting for the People’s Choice opens

Below are the 2023 teams and creations

  1. Carvin’ Buddies
    Scott Harrison from Calgary and Ross Baisas from the Philippines/Montreal creating Poseidon
  2. Elegant Dream
    Mowafak Nema from Iraq/Ottawa and Don Lowing from the United States creating Ishtar and the Deer
  3. Exotic Duo
    Kee Gawah from Malaysia/Sweden and Fermin Gomez from Mexico/Calgary creating Easy Ride
  4. Kram & Fflic
    Clifford Vacheresse from Edmonton and Mark Berge from Courtney, BC creating Behind the surFace
  5. License to Chill
    Victor Dagatan from the Phillipines/USA and Andrew Zoller from Calgary creating The Flight of Passage
  6. Mad & Laine
    Yann Blanchard from France/Calgary and Ken Harper from Ladysmith, BC creating Snack
  7. The Prairie Dogs
    Larry MacFarlane and Brad Froehlich from Winnipeg creating Maestro
  8. Steve & Rusty
    Steve Buzak from Edmonton and Rusty Cox from Fairmont Hot Springs, BC creating Ocean Glider

You can watch these winter masterpieces come to life by visiting ICE District Plaza. The artists start by stacking the 300lb ice blocks and masterfully shape them into magnificent carvings using chainsaws and chisels. Each carving is made exclusively of water, ice, and snow, and judged on artistry and technique. A champion will be chosen on Thursday January 26 and these sculptures will remain for visitors to ICE District Plaza to enjoy.
Starting January 27 voting for the People’s Choice award will be available at:

ICE DIstrict Central Parkade

ICE District Central Parkade

Brightly lit & security patrolled, the ICE District Central Parkade has hundreds of heated spaces and convenient access to Rogers Place and located on the north side of 103 Ave just west of 103 St. The parkade offers 6’10” (2.08 m) clearance and quick indoor access to Rogers Place via the ICE District Central Parkade P1 elevator or through the Stantec Tower Level Two pedway.

Smoking & Cannabis Policy

For the enjoyment of all of our guests, ICE District is a smoke-free environment. All forms of smoking, including the use of cannabis products and electronic cigarettes (vaping), is not permitted on ICE District property. Please be aware that guests will not be permitted to exit and re-enter the venue during events.