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Rare ice formations caused by winter storm draw hundreds of visitors to this Ontario town


Hundreds of people traveled to Ontario’s Port Stanley community, on the shores of Lake Erie, to see the rare and icy byproduct of the winter storm that hit the region over the weekend.

Strong winds and sub-freezing temperatures of the storm turned the Port Stanley pier into an ice sculpture that drew comparisons to medieval imagery and literature.

Helen Spangenberg lived in Port Stanley – 41 kilometers south of London, Ont. — for many years and said the ice formations were the most amazing thing she had ever seen while living in town.

“It looks like something from Lord of the Rings. It’s completely bogus,” she said. “It’s amazing to see so many people here. Normally, Port Stanley is very quiet in the winter, so it’s nice to have tourists come back to visit.”

Photographer Nicole McCullough saw pictures of the ice formation on social media and decided to take a road trip from Strathroy with her family to see it for herself.

“To me, it looked like spirits or aliens that had just been sculpted from ice coming down to the dock, so that’s what I wanted to capture, it looked magical and very unique,” she said. speak.

At first glance, Ben Gilbert thought the images he saw online were photoshopped, so he traveled from London to witness it with his own eyes and said he couldn’t believe his eyes.

Gilbert had to wait in long lines to get pictures of the ice sculptures, but he says it was worth it.

Natural Ice Sculptures on the Port Stanley

A winter storm has left huge chunks of ice washed along the Port Stanley pier. Visitors from across the region have stopped at the town of Lake Erie to take in the sights.

“It’s breathtaking what Mother Nature does, how she does things. And it’s just one of those things that you have to see with your own eyes,” he said. “Van Gogh couldn’t do something like that.

“When you have 90 to 100 km winds blowing over open water, those winds are going in a certain direction, and when it’s jostled and those bodies of water bounce up and down, it’s quite an interesting sight. .”

The ice formations won’t last much longer with warmer temperatures having reached the area.

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