Today I start off my series on Winterlude, the annual celebration of the best season of them all in Ottawa and Gatineau. This event started at the beginning of the month and runs through to Monday. This year many of the ice sculptures have been located up at Sparks Street. The one drawback, which I don't understand why, is that they haven't used shelters for these, as they have in previous years. Those shelters do wonders in preserving ice sculptures.
I'm starting with this one that was in progress when I photographed it a few days before the festival started. This is a sculpture of the Metis leader Louis Riel, deemed the founder of Manitoba.
Other sculptures I photographed on the first weekend of the festival, as works in progress. The carvers come from around the world. I have noticed this year that there have been fewer of them.