The amazing ice palaces of Montreal will make you wistful for winters

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But 1884 was the highlight, both because of the scale and the publicity it got. Harpers Bazaar described it:

[The Ice Castle] is castellated in design, 160 feet long (larger they tell us than the historical palaces of Russia), and contains 15,000 blocks of ice…. Viewed in the daytime, every block emitting its prismatic ray, dazzling and sparkling with crystal brilliancy as the sun lights on it, it presents an appearance which is completely fascinating, and has been visited, admired, and wondered at by hundreds every hour.