City plans modified winter festival

Those hoping the city’s High On Ice Festival would take place this year despite the pandemic received some good news as the city confirmed the festival will indeed happen Feb.12 to 15. The festival will look slightly different in 2021, with a mix of virtual, do-it-yourself, and drive-thru activities planned.

The ice sculpting competition will still take place, and can be viewed through a driving experience that will include the sculptures and unique, fun lighting. There will be all sorts of crafts and arts activities that families can do at home, with awards being handed out for best decorated home, best winter costume, and best snowman, among others.

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Families will be able to enjoy free skating, free swimming, and outdoor skating and cross country skiing, as well as participate in a scavenger hunt, story walk, and winter photo contest.

“We are a winter city, and the annual High on Ice Winter Fest is always eagerly anticipated. Thanks to our recreation department, who have been working hard to modify this year’s event to ensure it complies with the Provincial Health Orders. While this year it will be different, we can still celebrate winter as a community,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman.

For more information on this year’s festival and details on the activities, visit

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