Ice and Snow Sculptures at the Fairmont Hotel
I was at the office last week to attend a townhall meeting. Our office is located downtown at the corner of Main Street and Portage Avenue just in front of the TD Bank Centre. Due to a lack of space for over 300 staff in our department, our townhall meetings are held at a huge conference room at The Fairmont Hotel, just across Main Street. Since there is no pedestian crossing on Main Street and Portage Avenue (it is a very busy intersection), we walk there through the Shops of Winnipeg Square, an underground mall. I can’t remember how many meetings I’ve attended at The Fairmont, but I always get lost in that underground labyrinth and I always make sure that I meet up with somebody first, usually my girl friend Elaine, and we walk together to that conference room. But that afternoon, I walked with the other Work-at-Home Staff.
I’ve already noticed that there was a snow sculpture in front of The Fairmont a few weeks ago and since I knew that our annual townhall meeting was coming up, I planned on taking a few pictures of the sculpture. I was tempted to go out there right after our meeting but I thought that some of the staff might see me snapping away and wonder why I’d do that and I thought it would be kind of embarrassing. So I went back to the office with them. But before I went home, I tried to find my way through that maze. I took a couple of wrong turns, but eventually, I found the stairs going up to The Fairmont Hotel. And boy, I was excited to see not only the snow sculpture, but there were ice sculptures as well.
This one is located just before you enter the door.
That’s The Fairmont Hotel logo and on top of it is an eagle. The one beside it where it says Winnipeg is a curling rock. Curling is a popular winter sport here in Canada. (You can click on this link to view a picture of an actual curling rock.)
This is the view you’ll see when you stand at the entrance doors facing outside. Another ice sculpture and the snow sculpture by the street.
Here’s a close up of the ice sculpture.
Here are a couple more shots at different angles.
This is the snow sculpture, which I think represents the Festival du Voyageur. But I might be wrong. Festival du Voyaguer is the annual 10-day winter festival which takes place at the French quarter of Winnipeg. Voyaguer means traveler and refers to those who traded fur in the past and traveled by canoe.
Mind you, I wasn’t the only one taking pictures that afternoon. There was another guy with a camera bigger than my digital Canon camera. I don’t know if he’s a professional photographer. Maybe he also has a blog.