Ice Tower close-up-compressed Photo: Arthur Mola

Despite this weekend’s above-average temperatures, the 11th annual Icefest in Bloor-Yorkville went off without a hitch. The event drew thousands of visitors to the neighbourhood, which showcased more than 20,000 pounds of carved ice sculptures. This year’s theme was “Expressions of Love,” with proceeds going towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Minto Yorkville Park commissioned an eight foot ice condo tower, which was modeled after the planned 25-storey residential tower that will soon rise at the corner of Bellair and Cumberland Street. “We take pride in integrating our developments in a way that adds value to the whole neighbourhood and, ultimately, brings the community together,” said Amanda Wilson Watkins, Vice-President of Marketing and Sales for Minto. “Taking part in the Bloor-Yorkville Icefest is the perfect way to celebrate culture and engage with the local community.”

The 15th annual Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition took place on Saturday, as 12 of Ontario’s most talented sculptures transformed blocks of ice into dazzling works of art. Children took home “Ice Kiddie Cubes,” which had a surprise toy inside, while families enjoyed making maple syrup taffy in snow. Missed out on the event? Not to worry — weather permitting, the ice sculptures will be on display from now until March.

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A handful of suites are still available at Minto Yorkville Park, priced from the low $400,000s. These one bedroom, one bedroom plus den and two bedroom units range from 473 to 750 square feet. Interiors are characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows, wide plank engineered hardwood flooring, Caesarstone countertops, deep soaker tubs, walk-in showers with rain showerheads and standard or juliet balconies (as per plan).

Residents will be able to take advantage of a wide array of social and recreational amenities. The gold-adorned lobby is overseen by an attentive 24/7 concierge, and the second floor lounge boasts a fireplace, dining room, chef’s kitchen and outdoor terrace. The state-of-the-art fitness facility has cardio machines, weight training equipment and a spin and stretching room. There’s also a lounge on the seventh floor with beautiful landscaping and a covered living/dining area.

terrace-minto-1024x596 Book an appointment at the presentation centre, located at 101 Yorkville Avenue, by emailing or calling 437 836 8589. Opening hours are Monday to Wednesday from noon to 7pm or on weekends from noon to 5pm.

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