In most cases, being snowed in would put a damper on a couple’s Valentine’s Day plans.
For 47-year-old Paul Lewis of Victoria, BC, it meant being able to create one of the most unique experiences ever for his girlfriend.
Earlier this week, when Victoria received more than 25 cm of snowfall, Lewis decided to put his talents as a scaffolder and sculptor to work. The end result was a fully functional igloo for two, complete with lights, heat, a sound system, a cozy bed, and of course, wine.
“I came up with the idea while she was at work,” he explains. “She didn’t want to come outside at first, so she was just watching, but she joined in after an hour.”
Lewis explains that his girlfriend, Julie Gervais, began bringing pots of water, and after four hours the couple had an igloo to stay the night in.
The next day was spent adding in a fire pit, a wine rack and glass holders, tiki torches, and a makeshift dance floor.
Valentine’s Day will mark their fourth night in the igloo, which they plan to celebrate with movies, more wine, and a warm fire.
“It’s still standing strong, although there’s a little bit of sag at the front that I want to fix,” says Lewis. “I just wanted to play in the snow and have some fun.”
And thanks to Lewis’ newly-built creation, the couples’ Valentine’s Day only got better, as the two won tickets to Paul McCartney from a local radio show.
Safe to say he won’t be needing any chocolate or flowers this year.