The 2018 Southern Ontario Ice Festival will be taking place between Feb. 23 and Feb. 25 in Maynooth.

SOIceFest 0 (2015) was an informal affair. It celebrated all things that are great about ice climbing, brought the existing community together in one place and demonstrated Southern Ontario’s desire for a strong and healthy community.

SOIceFest 01 (2016) built upon the success of the previous year. The community opened its arms to those intrigued by ice climbing. Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) guides were invited to lead beginner clinics and offered instruction to those with a desire to refine their skills.

Building upon the notion of strong and healthy communities developed the previous year, the climbing community, sponsors and donors rallied to raise over $1,000 for Community Care North Hastings’s TROUT Program, helping connect residents living outside Bancroft connect with the amenities and services in the town’s centre.

SOIceFest 02 (2017) saw increased interest from climbers from both far and near. Local interest also grew with many driving up from Bancroft to see what ice climbing is all about. The clinics were full and memorable! It exceeded goals and came together to support the TROUT Program with an astounding $2,640.

SOIceFest 03 (2018) promises to be even bigger and better. Be sure to join in on the weekend of the festival and find out for yourself.

The organizers for the event are Andriy Kolos, Josh Smith and Peter Hoang. Stay up to date and to contact visit their Facebook page here and website here.


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