A fairytale ice castle

VIDEO: A fairy tale Cap News ice castle

A Kelowna father and son team took more than eight hours to create a sparkling ice castle

  • Dec. 20, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Two Kelowna men have turned 1,100 pounds of ice into one very special castle for the Kelowna Capital News.

Father and son team, Georg Rieder Sr. and George Rieder Jr. took more than eight hours to create a sparkling ice castle – using just chainsaws and chisels.

“We have a winter wonderland here,” said Rieder Sr. “We have Santa Claus on top and we have a nice winter castle.”

Rieder Sr. has been carving ice for more than 30 years while his son picked up the chisel 15 years ago.

“It was the only thing I hadn’t tried before so that is how I got started,” laughed Rieder Sr.

“I like it. I love doing stuff like this.”

Rieder is originally from Germany and said ice carving is a purely Canadian passion of his.

“This is a Canadian thing, absolutely.”

The Rieders receive the ice in 300 pound blocks from Arctic Ice in Kelowna.

“They do good quality work and make the blocks for us,” said Rieder. “We start with the blocks and just start cutting away.”

The ice castle is now on display at the historic Guischan House Restaurant on Cameron Avenue where Rieder Sr. is the master chef.

Just Posted

Police incident ends peacefully in Glenmore

After the area was evacuated, police were able to calm a distraught 50-year-old man

UBCO students to get medical cannabis coverage

Kelowna - The pilot project will be implemented in April

Kelowna art camp held for spring break

Classes for children are available from March 19 to 29

Updated: Vehicles collide in effort to avoid emergency vehicle

Emergency crews were on scene of a two-vehicle accident on Hwy 97 and Hwy 33

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Yelling vulgar slur at reporter not a crime says judge

Judge rules ‘vulgar’ slur against reporter was not a public disturbance

B.C. runner takes silver at Pan American cross-country championships

Tyler Dozzi’s medal pushes U20 Team Canada to gold finish

BC BUDGET: NDP push for purpose-built rentals in ‘historic’ $1.6B investment

Hundreds of thousands of new low- and middle-income units coming over three years

BC BUDGET: More for wildfire recovery, campsites

NDP government to hire 20 more Conservation Officers this year

BC BUDGET: Liberals blast ‘tax and spend’ plan

Payroll tax, carbon tax increase threaten growth, opposition critics say

Parts of B.C. see record-breaking temperatures in cold snap

Sechelt, Yoho National Park were the chilliest ever Monday

Claim dimissed against RCMP over 2008 B.C. woman’s murder

Mother of Lisa Dudley, shot in her home along with her partner, had alleged negligence

Most Read