Snowphy Trophy up for Grabs in the Glebe for Winterlude

February 2, 2021 | by glebeadmin


There are a few Canadian pastimes you just can’t beat in a cold, isolating winter. Ice skating, playing hockey, skiing or snowboarding and building things out of snow.

If you’re like eight-year-old Maya Devlen, you’re a big fan of the latter and you’ve been using all this time to practice up for this year’s Snowphy Trophy Challenge that will award the Glebe’s best snow creation during Winterlude this year.

“I had a lot of fun building my snow princess because I got to design it and I like princesses,” says the young Glebe resident after winning last year’s contest for her first-ever snow princess during Snowmania – the Glebe’s official Winterlude event.  “It was very Russian-themed, with a long braid, and my mom is Russian.”

Devlen always wanted to build a snow princess but growing up in western Turkey there was never enough snow in her hometown. During her first winter after moving to Canada, Devlen ran outside after a snow storm and got to work. Her magical snow princess quickly came to life. The creation was enough to wow judges at the Glebe BIA and Maya was awarded a rock star prize pack from Kunstadt Sports, Lind Chocolate and Cineplex – something her mom Lena says they will never forget.

“We went to Cineplex just before the first lockdown,” adds Lena. “So, it was extra memorable.”

Maya has since built three snow people in her backyard and refuses to enter any of them into the contest this year because she says, “it would be nice for someone else to win this year.”

With the defending champion bowing out this year, now is your chance to get your name engraved on our coveted Snowphy Trophy. All you need to do is build the best snowman, woman, animal or creation and enter via social media by tagging @intheglebe and using the hashtag #snowphytrophy. Submissions can also be entered via email to Not only will you be crowned champion and will hold bragging rights for the entire year, but you’ll also receive a cool prize box from Winterlude as well as your choice of a Glebe-branded hoodie or tee shirt.

With Winterlude going virtual this year and Ottawa currently under a Stay-at-Home Order until Mid February at the earliest, the Snowphy Trophy Challenge is the perfect family activity that will get everyone off the couch and outside for some winter fun in the Glebe.

Maya Devlen's winning Snow Princess (Left) and last year's runners up.

Maya Devlen’s winning Snow Princess (Left) and last year’s runners up.

“Challenge your neighbours, friends or family and see who has what it takes to be this year’s champion,” says Glebe BIA Programming & Events Officer Chloe Park. “And be sure to check out what’s happening for the virtual Winterlude – from virtual shows to admiring the work of sculptors across the country, Canadian Heritage is putting on a great  virtual festival.”

The 43rd edition of Winterlude kicks off virtually on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. on the Canadian Heritage YouTube Channel. This year’s festival boasts virtual performances by artists Ariane Moffatt, William Prince, the NAC Orchestra, Canadian figure skater Elladj Baldé and more. Download the official Winterlude App now on your smartphone and take the whole festival in through the app. Join the conversation online as well using the hashtags #Winterlude #BaldeNeige on social media.

You’ll also have a chance to vote in the Winterlude National Ice-Carving Competition, as professional Canadian ice sculptors will compete simultaneously in seven cities across the country. Check out the creations virtually on Feb. 5 and vote for your top 3 favourites. Voting closes Feb. 21 at noon.