The Chateau Laurier always participates in Winterlude as one of the official hotels, and ice sculptures are found at the front entrance. These get a good deal of sun exposure during the day, as they face south, unlike the ice sculptures at the nearby Lord Elgin Hotel, which only get direct sunlight in the morning. So these end up looking less transparent as time goes on.
Passing to the west side of the Chateau, where it overlooks the Rideau Canal, I noticed work going on on the terrace that usually takes the pedestrian to Major's Hill Park. The work extends down into the Canal itself. This is a temporary framework for an event that will be taking place here in early March, after Winterlude is done. It's called Crashed Ice, and involves skaters doing something, well... slightly insane. This event is also held yearly in the old quarter of Quebec City, but this will be the first time in Ottawa. I hope to get some shots in while all this is going on.
I went down to the Lord Elgin to get some selfie shots in on the ice bench I showed you some days ago. Yes, it is cold to sit on. My genetic curse red cheeks, dimples, and signature scowl were on display.