Get ready for the annual 108 Ice Off

Folks are invited to guess when the ice will be gone from 108 Mile Lake

Folks are invited to guess when the ice will be gone from 108 Mile Lake and winner of the closest guess to the exact time wins $100 in cash.

“As far as I know, the Ice Off Contest first started in 2002,” says 108 Lions Club member Jim Gellein.

“Graham Allison, here at the 108, found the hull and built the cabin and the mast on the good ship for the 108 Lions.”

Over the years, the ice has come off the lake from as early as March 25 to as late as April 29, says Gellein. Last year, the ice came off on April 24 at 6:45:49 p.m.

“I measured the ice last year on March 3 and it was at 20 1/2 inches. This year, on March 1, it was at 16 1/2.”

The Ice Off Contest is a special fundraiser for the 108 Mile Lions for their community projects.

Entry envelopes are available at The Hills Health Ranch, 108 Esso, Dowes Diner, 108 Mile Supermarket, Vidas Restaurant, Collette’s Barbershop and Donex Pharmacy and Department Store. The deadline for guesses is March 31.

For more information, call Gellein at 250-791-6633 or Barry Porter at 250-791-6472.