While Victoria was busy receiving the most snowfall out of every major city in Canada this month, one local couple was making the most of the winter weather’s impeccable timing.
On Monday night, Paul Lewis —who some islanders might recognize as the artist responsible for Esquimalt Lagoon’s stunning driftwood sculptures — and his girlfriend Julie Gervais stayed up into the wee hours building a sturdy snowy structure to spend Valentine’s Day in.
“We started making the igloo on Monday evening and finished at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning,” Paul told Victoria Buzz.
The finished product was an igloo measuring roughly 1.5 metres wide and 1 metre tall, and was equipped with a rug, candles, bedding, blankets, tikki torches, a fire pit, and of course, a few bottles of wine.
The igloo was so cozy that the couple even stayed a few nights inside it.
“We have stayed in it for 4 nights watching videos, movies, and listening to music.”
Dancing around the fire
The romance didn’t stop at the igloo, however.
Paul was hard at work making a massive 10 foot polar bear holding a heart with one paw and a La Senza bag in the other for Julie, when the bear’s hind legs collapsed under its own weight.
“It was just completed and the back of its legs gave out under all the weight,” said Paul. “I re-fused the pieces to create a nice sitting bench around the fire.”
“We enjoyed the music in front of the fire and we danced a lot,” he said. “I led [and] she followed perfectly.”
Besides curling up inside the igloo, the couple spent the beginning of the week painting and snowboarding down Paul’s street.
“I believe I was given the title of the most romantic guy in Victoria, winner of this years Valentine’s day,” joked Paul. “[I’m] leading the polls for the most romantic guy in Canada… and Julie agrees.”
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