Saturday, February 18, 2017


The Byward Market area has for years featured one or two snow sculptures during Winterlude. This year it's a large one, done by three carvers: Jocelyn Galipeau, Sebastien Gaudy, and Mowafak Nema. The first two were involved in the snow sculptures I've shown you around the Glebe. As a nod to Canada's 150 years of Confederation, their theme brought together five Fathers Of Confederation into a single snow sculpture, and I'm adding in links for each. Starting at the left, slightly apart from the others, is Louis Riel, the Metis leader and founder of Manitoba who was hung for treason for his role in the Metis uprising of 1885, but has since come to be considered a Father of Confederation. Our first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, is to his right. The Irish nationalist turned eloquent Canadian politician Thomas D'Arcy McGee is next, followed by journalist and politician George Brown. Macdonald's co-premier in the lead-up to Confederation finishes the set, George-Etienne Cartier, with a variation on the Peace Tower at the extreme right.


  1. You can see that they are good artists with the sculpture of snow.


  2. Excellent! Interesting to see the difference between the snow sculptures and the ice sculptures William, both fabulous in their own way.

  3. very cool. so neat!! has like a marble look to it? ( ;

  4. I'm so glad you are down there to take photos! We were meant to take the car in, took a drive by Dow's Lake, and NO sculptures. Long story, but you'll laugh.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  5. I like these snow sculptures, they are so realistic!

  6. @Tomas: they are.

    @Grace: indeed!

    @Beth: it does.

    @Jennifer: no, the snow sculptures are elsewhere.

    @Marleen: they definitely are.

  7. Beautiful snow sculpture. Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Well, I never noticed. Detail shows up much better on the snow sculpture.

  9. These are amazing, I love the intricate details!

  10. This is beautifully sculpted. It kind of reminds me of Mount Rushmore down here.

  11. Such great detail. It's amazing what they can do with snow too.

  12. @Nancy: thanks!

    @Red: it does, yes.

    @Cloudia: indeed!

    @Linda: so do I.

    @Jackie: very cool!

    @Sharon: yes, I was reminded of Rushmore.

    @Bill: they can do quite a bit.

    @RedPat: I agree.

  13. Has anybody considered carving them in marble?


  14. Great sculpture! Love the beautiful Peace Tower at the end.

  15. Wonderful--a bit like a Canadian version of our Mount Rushmore.

    I hope Trump doesn't try to add his face to ours....

  16. Norma said what I was going to say. I thought of Mount Rushmore immediately. Too bad they won't last as long.

  17. It's beautifully done. And your "Mount Rushmore" isn't carved into sacred Indian lands.

  18. @Janis: that would be an interesting idea!

    @Revrunner: me too.

    @Tamago: as do I.

    @Norma: me too.

    @Mari: it doesn't, but it is good to see.

    @Kay: that's true.