Art Froid at Arrowhead Provincial Park: calling all snow sculptors!

Arrowhead Provincial Park is currently looking for local artistic talent to build snow sculptures along the Ice Trail for the first annual “Art Froid” (cold art).  Public viewing and judging will occur on February 9th, 2013 from 8:30am to 9:00pm.  Free hot chocolate will be available compliments of Northern Sanitation and Disposal.

This is a friendly competition for local artists, businesses, students and teams to show off their cold art along Arrowhead’s famous Ice Trail.

The theme for this year is “A Muskoka Winter”.

The winner will be posted on the trail and on-line and receive a winter vehicle pass for winter 2013-14 ($70.00 value) and bragging rights!  A photo of the winning design will be published in the park visitor guide and shared via a future blog article.

Art Froid Rules:

Registration is free and available on a first come first served basis. Those who are interested need to call (705) 789-5105  x 226 or ask for Assistant Park Superintendent John Leadston (or email him directly at )

A maximum of 20 teams or individuals will be accepted.  Registrations close at 5:00 pm on Feb 6,2013.

The park will provide numbered sites along the edge of the ice trail with snow that has been set compiled using a form or as agreed upon by the sculpting teams.   Snow blocks will be approximately 5 feet high and 4 to 5 feet wide. They may be cylindrical or square.

Artists must supply their own tools and shovels. The park can fill a container (provided by the artist) with water upon request. No power tools are allowed.

Sculptors/artists get free admission into the park throughout the week leading up to and including February 9th for the purposes of building their masterpiece.

Snow artists have until 12:00 noon on February 9th to create their masterpieces. All people entering the park on February 9th to go skating will be given a ballot to vote for their favourite work of art through until 9pm.

Snow sculptures will remain standing through the Family Day Long weekend.

Snow sculpting team names will be released upon registration throughout the week on Arrowhead Park’s Twitter account as well as being posted at the build site.

Snow sculpting teams/individuals participates at their own risk and will be asked to sign a waiver form in order to participate. Park management is also requesting permission to take or have taken and publish photographs or video of the art and participants for the purposes of promoting the event.

For updates due to changing weather conditions check online or simply call the park (705 789-5105 x221) before you come to ensure the ice trail is open.