Building Bonhomme’s Ice Palace

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Bonhomme Carnaval tests the mattress in his new pad.

Growing up in Quebec City, Marc Lepire dreamed of building Bonhomme Carnaval's ice palace. When he was 11, Marc began helping his father, Michel Lepire, build decorative sculptures for Carnaval. Every year he would watch the legendary Gaston Fortier and his team build Bonhomme's palace, first at Place d'Youville, then opposite the National Assembly and finally on the Plains of Abraham.