FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John hopes the traditional High on Ice Winter Festival will return in February.

In a “save the date” letter to the District of Taylor for the annual Mayor’s Ice Carving Challenge, recreation programmer Marissa Jordan says the City is “optimistic the event will go forward in its traditional fashion.”

The 2021 event was modified due to public health orders, which meant some of its biggest attractions, such as the fire and ice tower, were excluded from the event.

The Mayor’s Ice Carving Challenge was also altered, and only council members took part by creating pieces at home.

Traditionally, the event has elected officials from other municipalities competing against Mayor Lori Ackerman and council for the Mayor’s Challenge Trophy.

Earlier this year, the City brought the trophy home after winning a ball hockey game against Taylor.

Taylor had won the trophy at the 2020 High On Ice Winter Festival, and since the traditional ice carving couldn’t take place this year, the hockey game was scheduled.

This event is judged by a professional ice carver, and the trophy will go to the team that can reflect the “Spirits from Within” theme most appropriately, according to Jordan.

Next year’s High on Ice Winter Festival is from February 17th to 21st, 2022. The Mayor’s Ice Carving Challenge is tentatively set for February 19th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park.

The full letter can be viewed below: