Vimy Snow Sculpture at the Legislative Building

February 20, 2007 at 11:28 pm 21 comments

I first heard about this 15-foot snow sculpture replica of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France on CKY News.  And I just had to visit it.  It is located in front of the Legislative Building on Broadway Avenue.  I went there on Saturday afternoon.  And although the temperature was only in the minus mid-teens, there was wind and my hands felt uncomfortable when I took my gloves off to take pictures of this snow monument.  There were also a few people who drove around the front of the Legislative Building to take pictures and to admire this work of art.  It was only after looking at my pictures did I notice that there were also replicas of tiny crosses on the ground.





This is what’s written on the board in front of the sculpture: 

VIMY – Honour the Legacy 

This sculpture is an interpretation of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France that marks the site of the Battle of the Vimy Ridge of April 9-12, 1917.  The actual monument, which stands as tall as a 10-storey building, was built so that we would never forget Canada’s role in the First World War.  The Battle of Vimy ridge marked a profound turning point in the First World War and the birth of a Canadian identity at a cost of 10,602 Canadian casualties, including 3,598 who made the ultimate sacrifice. After more than two years of restoration work, the newly restored Vimy Monument will be dedicated on April 9, 2007 as a part of special commemorations marking the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  To learn more about this historic event and this year’s overseas and Canadian events, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website at


Entry filed under: Winnipeg, Winter, Winterpeg.

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  • 1. sasha  |  February 21, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Ang ganda ng sculpture! Who created that? Ang galing naman nya! 🙂

    Worth it ang pagtanggal ng gloves, niceheart! Ang ganda ng pics! 🙂

  • 2. KD  |  February 21, 2007 at 4:26 am

    wow 15 ft na ice sculpture. May nilalagay kaya sila sa ice para manatiling solid at di maguguho or something?

    Pati clouds nyo kulay puti hehe

  • 3. Ms Fair Face  |  February 21, 2007 at 4:41 am

    ah beautiful snow sculptures! silly me but I am just wondering if those are gonna melt when the winter is ending?

  • 4. haze  |  February 21, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Hey it’s worth visiting! I’ve actually visited Vimy because almost all the relatives of huuby is from the north so whenever we go north we try to have a walk there!

    FYI Niceheart…The sculpture is 17 feet tall, located in front of the legislative Palace of Manitoba, is an interpretation of the memorial of Canada with Vimy, in France, which draws up itself on the place where the battle of the peak of Vimy proceeded. The monument, as high as a building of 10 floors, was built in memory of the 11.285 Canadians who died in France but which does not have a known burial.

    The battle of Vimy began on April 9, 1917. It was the first time that four divisions of the Canadian Army corps fought together. During this battle, which proceeded with approximately 14 kilometers in the North-East of Arras in France (relatives of hubby is living from that town) the Canadian troops made a success of what other troops of the allied forces had not managed to do, i.e. to seize the peak of Vimy. This exploit made it possible Canada to sign the Peace treaty of Versailles as independent country, but at a very high price: more than 10.000 losses, including 3.598 dead.

    Halika na bisitahin mo naman kami dito 😉 !

  • 5. haze  |  February 21, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Ako ulit, I want to congatulate you for this post ! You are really a good writer and historian 🙂 !

  • 6. vina  |  February 21, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    *gulp* the temperature was ONLY minus mid-teens huh? i would have frozen to death already! 😛

  • 7. niceheart  |  February 21, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Sasha, a local artist made this snow sculpture.

    KD, ang alam ko, they make blocks of snow and pack them tightly. Then they leave them for at least 24 hours up to a few days to let the snow harden. And then they start carving. It was cloudy kasi kaya maputi rin ang ulap. 🙂

    Ms Fair Face, yes, the scupltures will start to melt once we hit zero and plus temperatures.

  • 8. niceheart  |  February 21, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Haze, thanks for the additional information. Looks like you know more about Vimy than I do. 🙂 I only heard about it because of this snow sculpture. Oh, I would love to visit France someday.

    Vina, after experiencing extreme temperatures of up to minus 42 windchill in the past weeks, yes, I said it was ONLY minus mid-teens. This is like spring to us. 🙂

  • 9. Toe  |  February 21, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Interesting piece of history Niceheart. I didn’t know that Canada had a role in the first world war. Cool that Haze has actually been to the real Vimy Memorial in France.

  • 10. haze  |  February 22, 2007 at 2:59 am

    Niceheart and Toe myabe if not for the relatives of who are leaving from Nord Pas De Calais city is Arras I wouldn’t have gone to Vimy Statue na yan 🙂 ! It’s actually 10 minutes drive from where his grandfather lives, cool di ba! They also have this british cemetery naku marami pa kayong makikitang magagandang lugar dito and I’m sure ako rin if I visit Canada and Cambodia, actually the 2 countries speak French what a very nice coincidence 😉 !

  • 11. Karen  |  February 22, 2007 at 3:02 am

    wow! saturday was chilly. we were even supposed to go festival du voyageur but we got lazy coz of the cold weather nga. buti ka pa nakapagtake ng pictures. i see that one on my way to the university everyday but i haven’t seen it u close. thanks for the pic!

  • 12. sexy mom  |  February 22, 2007 at 3:06 am

    wow! amazing. thanks for sharing, despite numb fingers and all. i am sure that a lot of money was spent on those pieces of art. so nice – to depict history n ice. do they do that every year?

  • 13. ladybug  |  February 22, 2007 at 4:25 am

    Wow! Snow sculpture. Hanggang ice sculpture pa lang ang nakikita ko. At shempre, mabilis mag-melt dahil sa Pinas. Truly amazing…kaso di ko yata kaya yung ganyan kalamig.

  • 14. rhodora  |  February 22, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Kung may snow lang dito sa Pinas, I’m sure mas magaganda ang magagawang sculpture ng mga Pinoy. No kidding! Pinoys are very creative and artistic. You should see how they do impromptu ice sculpting during wedding receptions with such theme – so precise and skillful they are.

  • 15. Sidney  |  February 22, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Wonderful! Amazing stuff!

  • 16. rhodora  |  February 22, 2007 at 7:52 am

    Irene, curious lang…. hehe.. wala magawa kasi..

    Is the snow there edible? Clean? Kasi before, I would hear of kababayans there saying na they use snow to make halo halo. Totoo ba? 🙂

  • 17. Shoshana  |  February 22, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Wow! This is wonderful! I am so glad you took a picture and share. After having change two diapers, I need to look at something clean and pretty.


  • 18. niceheart  |  February 22, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Me too, Toe. I’m learning about this just now.

    Haze, what a coincidence nga. But not like you, I have not been interested in learning French. Seems so hard to pronounce. 🙂

    Karen, parang interesado nga rin akong sumilip sa Festival du Voyageur. I would also want to see the sculptures there. It’s always so cold naman kasi during the Festival. My kids have been there on school field trips. Maybe next time, mag-volunteer ako as chaperon so I could go. 🙂

  • 19. niceheart  |  February 22, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Sexy mom, I would also think that the artists were paid a lot for these works of art.

    Ladybug, ako naman, I haven’t seen a lot of ice sculptures. Welcome back, btw. 🙂

    Rhodora, oh I would love to see ice sculptures by pinoys. But you know what, there are a lot of pinoys here, so why haven’t I seen any made by them? It could also be that pinoys are not that fond of snow. We did not grow up playing in the snow kasi. Maybe the next generation will produce snow sculptors. 🙂

  • 20. niceheart  |  February 22, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    They really are, Sidney.

    Rhodora, snow is edible. I read somewhere that if you are stuck in snow in the mountains or somewhere, you can survive by eating snow. Because, it’s basically frozen water, diba? Although I haven’t heard of anybody use it for halo-halo. Iba naman ang consistency ng snow compared to shaved ice. 🙂

    Shoshana, I am visualizing two dirty diapers now and I understand your need of looking at something clean. 🙂

  • 21. niceheart  |  February 23, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Sexy mom, I forgot to answer your question. As far as I know, there are always sculptures here and there every year. As for those that depict history, this is the only one I know.


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