Edmonton is the most northern metropolitan of over 1 million people in all of North America. Not only does this provide the city long, summer days, but it also makes Edmonton the best place to be in the winter.
While the frigid cold can sometimes be a bit tough to muster, with that temperature drop comes some extraordinary festivities you’ll only find here.
The annual ice sculpting festival is a thing of beauty and truly captures the magic of winter. Stroll the boardwalk and gaze upon the icy works of art, then be sure to hit up the ice bar for a locally crafted beverage. You can find Ice on Whyte in January at Old Strathcona.
One of the most fun and exciting Winter festivals you may ever attend, Silver Skate has it all. From snow sculptures and sleigh rides to ice castles and fire sculptures- this festival encompasses all that is great about Winter. You’d be crazy to miss out on this wild event.
A real life castle made out of ice? This ginormous citadel is a fairy tale come true, and Edmontonians are some of the lucky few in the world who get to experience it.
You never know what you’re gonna find at this fantastic Winter festival that brings various communities together to “revel in the magic of winter”. Spanning four blocks, you’ll find vikings, trolls, fire dancers, snow and ice sculptures, fireworks, yummy eats and more!
The IceWay skating trail in Victoria Park offers a whimsical journey through the forest in heart of the city. Perfect for a romantic date!
Many people go their entire lives never seeing the beauty of the Northern Lights. Edmonton, being one of the most Northern metropolises in the world, is gifted with the opportunity of frequent auroras- and there’s no better time than the long, dark evenings of winter to check them out! Keep an eye out on Aurora Watch for notifications of Northern Lights over Edmonton.
Believe it or not, not every city in Canada, let alone North America, get to enjoy the luxury of outdoor rinks- especially on frozen ponds. Take advantage of the city’s chill winters and partake in the great Canadian experience of skating outdoors.
Let’s be real- having an Ice District is pretty cool (pun intended). With a gorgeous and state-of-the-art coliseum as a spectacular centerpiece, head downtown to see the mythical Oilers captain Connor McDavid make history on ice.
With multiple ski hills in and around the city including Sunridge, Edmonton Ski Club, Snow Valley, and Rabbit Hill, you can enjoy unique skyline views as you speed down a hill, all without venturing too far from home. And if you crave something bigger, Jasper isn’t too far away.
If you’re looking for a great Christmas light display, it’s hard to top this. Grab a coffee, tea or cider and head out on a magical evening walk on the Legislature grounds.
One of the best things about Edmonton is having a National Park just outside the city. Not only is it a great spot to stargaze and check out the Northern Lights, it is also a great place to try out some snowshoeing! So go rent some snowshoes from the Visitor Center and check out some incredible wildlife, including the famous bison.
This extreme sport, known as ice cross downhill, needs to be seen to be believed. Racers adorning skates speed through a downhill track, navigating jumps and curves on the race to the finish line. Definitely a must-see for any adrenaline junkie.
Hosted by the Devonian Gardens, Luminaria is truly a magical spectacle to behold. The garden’s pathways are lit by thousands of candles that take visitors through the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. The event is wildly popular and sells out quick, so be sure to grab your tickets in advance.