Normally, a trip to Toronto’s swankiest neighborhood means shopping at Chanel and Burberry, or maybe just people-watching as the stream of Hermes handbags, pampered pooches, and Lamborghinis passes by. But this weekend, the Bloor-Yorkville Icefest turns the Village of Yorkville Park into a sparkling ice kingdom straight out of Frozen, with giant ice sculptures sparkling everywhere you look.
Well, maybe it’s more like Frozen crossed with ancient Egypt: The theme this year is “Frozen in Time” — a wintry version of the land of the pharaohs. As you wander from sculpture to sculpture, you and the kids behold a frosty 3D pyramid, a King Tut, an Anubis (the scary, jackal-headed god of the Underworld) and more – all hand-crafted from an astonishing 20,000 pounds of ice. For the ultimate in coolness, you and your kids can even hug a giant translucent camel – perfect for snapping a pic to send to Grandma and Grandpa.
As you and the kids ooohh and aaaahh at the gorgeously sparkling artwork, you wonder how on earth the sculptors managed to make them. You don’t have to wonder for long — on Feb. 21 at noon, 12 ice carving pros will show you exactly how they do it. Armed with chainsaws, drill bits and chisels, these burly competitors look more ready to brawl than sculpt a masterpiece. But once the ice chips start flying, your family watches flawless works of art emerge from the blocks of ice, and you cheer on your favourite sculptors. You have to pick just one fave, though: These artists are competing for the People’s Choice Sculpture Award, and you can cast a vote.
There’s lots more family fun happenings all around Bloor-Yorkville’s tony streets during the Icefest weekend. Go Caribana crazy while dancing to DJs spinning tropical tunes, get your faces sticky with golden maple syrup taffy, and warm up your toes (and tummies) in the sweetly scented food tent. And beneath all the glittering Egyptian glamour, there’s still high-end shops where you can pick up something fab. Get your own bling on at luxurious haute fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton or Devlish Angelz, the city’s go-to clothing boutique for trend-setting kids. After walking among the wealth of ancient Egypt all day, you’ll want to take home a treasure of your own.