Sorry to make your children look like total underachievers, but Ontario resident Chris Marchand has dealt with a month of subzero temperatures by making what is probably the best ice fort of all time. The five-foot wall acts as a noise and wind buffer for a 25-square-foot section of Marchand’s yard, but the important thing is that it’s MULTICOLORED — and translucent, of course, so that when the enclosed fire pit is lit, it glows.


Marchand made nearly 400 ice blocks using plastic containers and food coloring, and cemented them together with slush. Result: It’s still -13 degrees, but at least he gets to relax in something that looks like a magical castle. Who knew extreme weather conditions could be so beautiful?