FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Renowned B.C. ice carvers Ryan Cook and Kevin Lewis were in Fort St. John last weekend to represent Team B.C. in the 2022 Winterlude Festival’s second National Ice-Carving Championship.

The team of two had 20 hours to sculpt 15 blocks of ice and create a work of art inspired by the theme “Olympic and Paralympic spirit” in an homage to the 2022 Winter Olympics currently taking place in Beijing.

The carve took place on February 5th and 6th. Voting kicks off on February 11th, running through to the 20th.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is putting on the second National Ice-Carving Championship as part of their Winterlude event, where every one of Canada’s 10 provinces will be represented in an online vote to see which province takes home first, second, and third place.

Fort St. John was selected as the carving location for B.C. due to its 15 years of experience hosting an ice-carving event for the acclaimed High on Ice Festival.

FSJ is also the city where Cook and Lewis first learned the tricks of the trade.

Winterlude is an annual winter festival held in Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec, run by the Department of Canadian Heritage.