Ryan Flanagan, CTVNews.ca, with files from CTV Winnipeg
Published Sunday, January 6, 2019 12:02 PM EST
A Manitoba family has created what they believe to be the largest snow maze anywhere in the world.
A Labyrinth in the Snow, as it is called, was first opened to the public on Saturday.
The labyrinth is located on a farm in St. Adolphe, Man., About 30 miles south of Winnipeg. The farm is well known around the area of The Maze in Corn which meets every fall.
"We've always wanted to have a winter offer," said Clint Masse, co-owner and designer of the labyrinth, to CTV Winnipeg.
Running a maze in winter eliminates some of the obstacles that Masse and his team face at other times of the year, including mud and mosquitoes.
It also creates unique challenges. It took almost four weeks for the team to make enough snow to create the maze and put everything in place. Even so, they could get enough snow only by taking away much of the man-made hill they created every winter.
"There's only [weren’t] temperatures low enough that we actually make the snow to fill it back, "said Masse.
According to Guinness World Records, the largest snow maze in existence is the 1,696-square-foot maze at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Masse says "The Maze In Snow" is larger, although he does not want to tilt his hand over the larger size until the official measurement is made on February 10.
Navigating the labyrinth is not just going from one place to another. Participants are instructed to search for the five small fires that burn inside the labyrinth. Depending on the day, rounding a corner can also put them face to face with an artist who makes snow sculptures.
Ken Yost and his two daughters saw the sculptures and fires during the hour they passed through the labyrinth.
"There were some good points where you could go in circles for a while, chasing after your kids and losing them," Yost said.
"It was a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors."
Masse says that the Yosts' time in the labyrinth was almost equal to that of the first day, although some quicker times were recorded.
"If your short-term memory is very strong, then maybe it's even faster than that," he said.