For the last two decades, people in Yellowknife have built astonishing snow castles as part of the Snowking festival. The builders use the pure snow and ice from Great Slave Lake to build a new winter wonderland from scratch every time.
This is the Snowking. His real name is Tony Foliot, and the whole thing started back in 1996 when built his kids a snow fort to play in.
He and some friends kept building forts for their kids, and every year they became more and more elaborate. By the fifth year, it had turned into an annual month-long festival that highlights local arts and culture in a unique setting. (This is the 21st year of the Snowking Festival.)
According to its mandate, the festival must "capture the imagination of children and children at heart."