Ice Follies: Transforming the coldest month into one of the most creative!

by | Jan 18, 2023 | Tourism Industry News


18 January, 2023

In celebration of the 10th Edition of Ice Follies on Lake Nipissing, Tourism North Bay has partnered with the host accommodation; Homewood Suites by Hilton and Ontario Northland to bring you two special Ice Follies rates to enjoy this free event offshore from Shabogesic Beach, North Bay’s beautiful Waterfront.

Ice Follies is a biennial festival of contemporary and community engaged art produced and showcased on a frozen Lake Nipissing where audiences are invited to engage with the works over a two-week period from February 10 to 24th, 24 hours a day.

“Ice Follies is such a unique event for us in North Bay, if you have not had a chance to visit this before I wholeheartedly encourage you to experience it for yourself”, explained Tourism North Bay Executive Director, Tanya Bédard.

The theme for 2023 is ‘Thin Ice’ which looks at the shifting landscapes and communities, including the changing relationships with the environment and each other.

The special rate offered by Homewood Suites by Hilton is a 20 percent discount during the festival dates.

“We are so excited to see the return of the Ice Follies and honoured to be chosen as the Host Hotel for the 10th Anniversary,” explains Crystal Thompson, General Manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton. “With the event just steps from our front doors we encourage all our team members and guests to take in this beloved event. Personally, I’d like to see it happen every year, our Waterfront is such a gem and events and festivals like this is what makes North Bay unique.”

Ontario Northland is also providing a 20 percent discount on all bus fares to and from North Bay between February 10th to 24th with the promotion code NBIF23.

We’re thrilled to support this fantastic event in North Bay,” says Tracy MacPhee, Vice President of Passenger Rail and Motor Coach at Ontario Northland. “Our bus routes service communities across the province that really come alive during the winter months through festivals like this. We encourage everyone to get out and explore what our incredible province has to offer, and we are thrilled to provide safe, reliable transportation options to help people do just that,” she adds.

For full festival details, please visit:

To book your accommodation at Homewood Suites by Hilton, please visit:

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