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While some Canadians are disappointed with this season's snow drought so far, a lack of snow (combined with cool, calm nights) has resulted in a "little piece of heaven in Manitoba."

This weather phenomenon creates a crystal Clear Lake


Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 9:26 AM - While some Canadians are disappointed with this season's snow drought so far, a lack of snow (combined with cool, calm nights) has resulted in a "little piece of heaven in Manitoba."

"It’s Sunday morning, December 6 and I’m literally sitting in the middle of Clear Lake. This is unbelievable," says Weather Network viewer Val Karton who uploaded her incredible video (seen above) to our website. "I’ve never seen ice like this, it’s just like glass out here….this should be a wonder of the world."

It may not be a wonder of the world, but the "see-through skating rink" that shows the rocks, sand and even fish below is drawing a lot of attention to the tourist town.

According to Richard Dupuis, the visitor experience manager at Riding Mountain National Park, it's a phenomenon that happens every 5 to 10 years. The ice is almost seven inches thick, which is more than enough to support skaters.

Although perfect right now, Dupuis says it definitely won't last.

"Wet snow ruins it all. This is the time to take advantage of it. I’m hoping for a brown Christmas," he told the Winnipeg Free Press.

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