FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2022 High on Ice Winter Festival is swiftly approaching and will be held on the Family Day Long Weekend this year.

According to a release from the City, staff and event planners began planning the event months ago and have prepared multiple scenarios due to the pandemic.

The City says that the High on Ice Festival will again see modifications from a traditional year based on current Provincial and Regional Health Orders.

These modifications include cancelling events such as the ice slides and the Community Carving Challenge, however, the City affirms that the Festival will feature dozens of activities for residents of all ages.

“Huge thanks go to our staff and event partners who have successfully pulled together another High on Ice Winter Festival. Although it is a very different winter celebration than we would like, this new format complies with the provincial health orders and will allow us to celebrate as winter citizens,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman.

The theme for this year’s Festival, “Spirits from Within,” will be reflected in carvings for the MNP Ice Sculpture Drive-thru at Centennial Park.

This year’s carving team is all Canadian and consists of the following members:

Ryan Cook and Kevin Lewis also make up Team BC for the Winterlude National Ice Carving Championship, taking place February 5th and 6th.

Fort St. John is host to Team BC, who will compete against teams representing all 10 Canadian provinces. They’ll have 20 hours to sculpt 15 blocks of ice and create a work of art encapsulating the theme ‘’Olympic and Paralympic spirit.’’

To learn more about the High on Ice Winter Festival and the Winterlude National Ice Carving Championship, click here.