The annual Potash Corp Wintershines Festival kicked off on Saturday.

White they didn’t have Frosty the snowman, the festival had just about anything else one could want from a collection of winter fun.

Old favourites like the ice slide and petting zoo were big hits, but it was a new attraction that had young and old lined up. The ice wall, a scalable sheet of ice gave festival goers a chance to see what it’s like to do some real winter climbing. Participants were armed with special axes, spikey shoes, and of course, the proper safety gear.

For those who are more faint of heart, there were also sleigh rides, pony rides, and beautiful ice-art on display.

Organizers said they had roughly 5,000 people in the festival every hour Saturday.

Wintershines runs all week.