There was a Canadian Tire store at the mall down the street where this writer went to high school. It was next to the food court where we got our snacks and opposite the bus stop where we got on and off every morning and afternoon. But looking like it had already been picked clean ahead of the zombie apocalypse and with all the allure of a J.C. Penney sans the slacks, we generally avoided that store like the plague. If only they'd had stuff this cool it might never have closed.

What you're looking at is a pickup truck crafted out of solid blocks of ice for Canadian Tire, a retail chain you can think of as a northern version of Pep Boys or NAPA Auto Parts, only bigger, more polite (but less helpful) and with its own currency. The team at Iceculture in Hensall, Ontario, took a real truck chassis and running gear, welded the suspension solid and recreated the bodywork with 11,000 pounds of ice, all to showcase that its MotoMaster battery will work at 40 degrees below freezing.

The creation is up for some world record – we guess for the biggest vehicle made of ice, eh? - but whatever the purpose, it sure puts a show like Ice Road Truckers into perspective. And short of putting a hockey rink and poutine stand on the back, it's about as quintessentially Canadian as a bilingual beaver riding a polar bear to the Barenaked Ladies concert. Uphill. In the snow. Both ways. Check it out in playlist of five video clips below.


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      malgu
      • 11 Months Ago
      Probably doesn't have seat warmers, wouldn't buy
      BILL PETERS
      • 11 Months Ago
      Any brand battery will start in that temp as long as battery is 100% CHARGED!
      Pat
      • 11 Months Ago
      The perfect ride to take to the Ice Hotel in Qu├ębec City!
      • 11 Months Ago
      [blocked]
      James Scott
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nope not the biggest vehicle made out of ice, not by a long shot. Biggest land going vehicle maybe. Check out the Wikipedia article on Pykrete, a pure ice 60 foot long 1000ton ship was made. IT WAS ALSO CANADIAN.
      jebibudala
      • 11 Months Ago
      So this is what they do up in the North Pole for entertainment?
        Matt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @jebibudala
        Hensall is actually in Southern Ontario, so nowhere near the north pole. Literally about an hour and a half from the Sarnia/Port Huron border crossing.
      gtv4rudy
      • 11 Months Ago
      cool
      berto
      • 11 Months Ago
      Thought it was a new silverado.
      Slizzo
      • 11 Months Ago
      Do you really mean that Canadian Tire is like the northern version of Discount Tire? Seeing as how they're the same company..... We don't have Discount Tire here in CT, but I have ordered from DTDirect, and the purchase was seamless. I pretty much only order from TireRack now though, seeing as how they have a distribution facility less than 20 miles from me.
        Pat
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Slizzo
        Canadian Tire is not really about tires ... that's how they started. They're more aking to a department store meets a hardware store They have a large car parts section, but they are also well know for their tools. They also sell sports and outdoor equipment, plumbing, electrical, renovation, kitchen, garden ... there is nothing else like it out there in the US or Canada. http://www.canadiantire.ca
      ROLO
      • 11 Months Ago
      thats great LOL
      David G.
      • 11 Months Ago
      0-100 km/h times? :)
      Avinash Machado
      • 11 Months Ago
      Cool.
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