YEG’s Majestic Ice Castle is Back!

While you’re likely experiencing the cold Winter blues, that frigid air brings with it a bit of magic.

Thanks to our northerly cold temperatures, Edmontonians are lucky enough to get to experience the beauty of the Ice Castle.

Ice Castle
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Opening on January 5th,  visitors can step into a real-life fairy tale and explore the thoroughfares of the icy citadel for themselves. Located in the beautifully scenic Hawrelak Park, you can pretend to be Elsa (or Olaf) and live out Frozen for a day.

Tickets for the Ice Castle are now on sale and can be purchased through Ice Castle’s website. Simply select the date and time for your arrival, bundle up warmly and get ready for a magical day of wintery exploration.

Ice Castle
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YEG Puts the “Fun” in Funicular!

The City of Edmonton is investing in one of our greatest natural resources: the river valley. Development is finally complete and the Funicular is now open for riders!

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The funicular connects the river trail system to the upper platform found near the Hotel MacDonald. This platform boasts stunning views of the gorgeous river valley.

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While it makes for great Instagram shots, the new funicular is only one piece of a much larger Edmonton project designed to enhance our stunning river valley! The city is investing in additional ways to make for easier access to the river valley, such as upgrading trails and new boat launches.

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Check out more details on the full project here.

5 Magical Castles To Explore In Edmonton

Sure, Europe has its fair share of castles, but did you know Edmonton is home to its own unique ensemble of castle(ish) architecture? Below we list 5 magical Edmonton castles you need to explore!

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

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Completed in 1915, this ’Chateau’ style hotel was one of many that followed the railway stretching across the country that some refer to as ‘Castles of the North’. Pretend to be a prince or princess for a day, and be sure to check out the hotel’s incredible patio.

The Prince of Wales Armouries

Prince of Wales Armouries
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This century old drill hall was once used for military training. Today, it houses the City of Edmonton Archives, and deserves a visit from your inner history buff.

Ice Castle

Ice Castle
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Elsa may have done it first, but this incredible ice castle in Hawrelak Park has put Edmonton on the map. When winter comes, will you be sitting on the icy throne?

The Molson Beer Castle

Molson Beer Castle
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Who’s never dreamed of living in a beer castle? This historic Edmonton landmark has been given a new lease on life as part of the blooming Brewery District.

Fort Edmonton

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Sure it’s made from wood, but its got all the markings of a great castle. Explore the buildings, walkways and towers behind the soaring walls of this impressive stronghold.



5 YEG Patios You NEED On Your Summer Bucket List

Are you looking for that perfect summer patio to soak in the sun and relax with friends? We got you covered with these five incredible Edmonton patios that are sure to make your out-of-town friends jealous.

Riverside Bistro

Riverside Bistro
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The Riverside Bistro at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Edmonton offers a world class view of the city’s jaw-dropping river valley.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
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Sweeping views? Historic castle? Delicious food? Check, check and check.


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Right in the heart of the Whyte Ave action, it’s hard to top this wide open patio.

Earls Downtown

Earls Downtown
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Dubbed the ‘Tin Palace’, you’ll never want to leave this recently renovated patio considered the jewel of the Edmonton Earls family.

CRAFT Beer Market

CRAFT Beer Market
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With chill vibes, a great downtown location, and 100 beers on tap, look no further for the one of the coolest rooftop patios the city has to offer.



Instagrammable YEG

Looking for gorgeous, unique photos you can only get in Edmonton? There are so many beautiful places to explore and share with your friends.

Make it your goal to snap a pic at each of the below!

Muttart Conservatory

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The Mutart Conservatory sits next to the river valley and offers great views of downtown. Its stunning architecture is filled with interesting plant life from a variety of ecosystems!


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The Legislature overlooks the North Saskatchewan River in all its majesty. On the Leg grounds you’ll find gardens and fountains all ready for photo taking!

River Valley

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Edmonton is well known for the enormous amounts of green space. Nothing beats the incredible river valley which spans over 40 kilometers of prime photo taking opportunities.


High Level Bridge

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Crossing the North Saskatchewan river, the High Level Bridge provides incredible views of the river valley, the sky line, and lights up at night for gorgeous evening shots.

Art Gallery

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The Alberta Art Gallery is a masterpiece itself, inside and out! The architecture of this downtown structure makes for amazing photos.

Whyte Ave

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Whyte Ave is a vibrant street filled with local shops, restaurants, and photo op locations! Here you’ll find grafitti walls, historic buildings, and treats that are Instagram worthy.

Fort Edmonton Park

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Head out to Fort Edmonton Park to explore the largest living history museum in Canada. There are over 150 hectares to explore and makes for a beautiful setting for photos in all seasons.

Dawson Bridge

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This brilliantly blue bridge crosses the North Saskatchewan river and is surrounded by parks. Make this a go-to location for capturing Edmonton’s dramatic summer skies.

University of Alberta

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The University of Alberta boasts a campus filled with historic buildings and incredible landscapes. You don’t need to be a student to tour this amazing space!

Hotel Macdonald

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Hotel Macdonald is the historical, castle-like Fairmont hotel that overlooks the Edmonton River Valley in downtown. The hotel and grounds are filled with epic photo taking opportunities.

Ice District

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The Ice District is the area adjacent to the new hockey arena, Rogers Place. During the hockey season, this is the place to be to grab some selfies with your fellow fans!

City Hall

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City Hall is not just for municipal political decision making. Located at Sir Winston Churchill Square, this popular Edmonton destination has water fountains to cool you down on a hot summer day or to freeze over and make for a great skating rink in the winter months.

End of the World

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End of The World provides possibly one of the greatest views of the Edmonton River Valleys. For years this has been a hush-hush location that was considered out of bounds but now the City of Edmonton will be developing the area as an official viewpoint. For notes on development, see here.


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