Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fête des Neiges 2009

While the Fête des Neiges de Montréal may not be the biggest winter festival in Canada, (I think that honour rests squarely on the shoulders of Carnaval de Québec) it's still a good time...

We made our annual pilgrimage to Ile Ste-Hélène to spend the day in the snow and ice and (thankfully) the sun, along with a couple thousand other Montréalais...

It's unfortunate but a long standing part of the festival that we loved was not there this year: the Ice Sculptures. So we made a bee-line for the Snow Sculptures, of which there were a few...

Inuit Snowy Owl



Snow Salamander
(?)



Penguins



Yours truly and a Teddy bear



The Phoque and the Frenchman
(coming soon to a theatre near you)



Buddha was there too
(doing us all a favour eating kids...)



After viewing the Sculptures we took a break, went inside the snack tent and had some delicious sausage... Merguez and a Deer Ocktoberfest. YUM YUM YUM! We actually picked up some Deer and Boar sausage to take home.

After warming up we ventured around the site a little more....

A poor Snowman lost his head, so I offered him mine...



Then it was time for some Queues de Castor (Beaver Tails) and if you don't know what a Beaver tail is (and NO Mitz it's not a double euphemism!) you can find out here...

After that quick energy fix we were walking around again. We did a short Foot Sled race (where I kicked ass) and then the Mr decided he wanted to try his hand at our National Past-time. And as soon as he gets his Canadian Citizenship, the Mr. will be applying for a position with the Habs...



Throughout the day we ran into Boule de Neige and two of his she-beasts, but I'll post those pics separately.

After 2 1/2 hours walking around in the sun and snow it was time to go home, and lest you think it was not 'that cold' out... this is a close up of my beard after we entered the Metro station... that would be ice from my breath...

4 comments:

Shirley! said...

I NEVER went out and "enjoyed" the Fête des Neiges de Montréal . It was too damn cold!

Good for you for doing it, but it just solidifies that I'm not to come visit you until the spring.

WV: derol
as in:

"This is my brother Derol and my other brother Derol."

Carrizo said...

Very artistic snow statues.

Ma Horton said...

You guys always look so happy and have soooo much fun ..what's your secret ?

Misster Kitty said...

Gin.