Ice, Snow & Sunshine - closed on Mondays
04.03.2019 - 04.03.2019 -12 °C
A little relaxing morning to start my day, since I did not shut ‘er down until after 2:00 a.m. after the Aurora viewing extravaganza. It was another crisp morning with temperatures about -20 degrees Celsius – but bright sunshine will help to make up for those frigid temperatures. And it will warm up as the day goes on….highs expected today are -10 degrees – perfect!
After breakfast I decided to walk down to the SnowKing Festival which takes place every March…except it is closed on Mondays. I didn't even think to check - rookie mistake. Oh well. It was an easy 2km walk down to the Ice Road. The festival is a month long celebration of community spirit, collaboration, innovation in the arts, entertainment for young and old and where the spirit of winter wonderment from our childhood reigns supreme.
Traveller's Tip #5: Check operating hours of various businesses and Snow Festivals in the Region.
A winter wonderland is created on Yellowknife Bay where the Snowking and his talented, hardy northern helpers brave -30 temperatures over the course of 2 months to build a huge castle made entirely of snow and ice. Apparently, it gets bigger every year. This is the 23rd year of the festival.
Although it was closed, I was still able to walk around the castle from the outside and see the ice sculptures. I will go back tomorrow so I can experience the inside.
I continued to walk around Old Town and downtown Yellowknife for a bit ducking into the odd boutique or gallery to warm up. It was a little windy today and my eyes kept watering. So much for waterproof mascara!
I have another Aurora viewing excursion booked for later tonight – but with a different company – North Star Adventures. While planning for this trip, I didn’t want to put *all my eggs in one basket* and only plan for one excursion to see the lights. What if I did not see them on that night? I would be disappointed. I didn’t come all this way NOT to see the lights (bad grammar, yes, I know). I figured I better play my odds and go every night I am here. So that is the plan.