Winter Highlights in Edmonton

Many Snow Sure Deals include one or more night’s stay in Edmonton after arriving on a KLM flight. Edmonton—also known as Canada’s Festival City—owes its name to the hundreds of festivals, events and other fun activities that take place in Alberta’s capital year-round. Curious about the winter highlights? We’ll put you on the right track!

Canada's festival city

Ice on Whyte – 25 January to 4 February 2018
The Ice on Whyte festival attracts thousands of visitors every year with its combination of ice and art. 70,000 kilos (154,323 pounds) of ice is used during this festival, so join in the fun at the International Ice Carving Competition, slide down a gigantic ice slide or learn how to build ice sculptures like the pros. Find out more about Ice on Whyte here.

Flying Canoe – 2 & 3 February 2018
Flying Canoe Volant is a creative, interactive and cultural event that celebrates local history including French-Canadian, First Nation and Métis traditions. Enjoy everything that makes long winter evenings special: hot drinks, dancing by the campfire, taking a tour by horse-drawn carriage and listening to exciting stories. The festival takes place in Edmonton’s French Quarter. Further information can be found online at Explore Edmonton.

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival – 13 & 14 January 2018

This two-day festival brings together Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, First Nations and South American communities to celebrate their diverse cultures, and revel in the magic and beauty of winter. Take part in a pick-up game of curling, or participate in Deep Freeze’s most unique event—a race in a real freezer! More information can be found here.

Silver Skate Festival – 10 & 11 / 17, 18, 19 February 2018

The Silver Skate Festival is Edmonton’s oldest winter festival and is a unique experience for the entire family. Take a stroll around the snow-covered sculpture garden, play a game of curling, check out the speed skaters at the Dutch-named Kortebaan Races or cheer on competitors at the Northgate Skate Races. Discover the magical Silver Skate folk trails or enjoy the festival’s live entertainment. The possibilities are endless during this annual winter spectacle. Find out everything there is to know about the Silver Skate Festival here!

Elk Island National Park

Elk Island National Park is only a 45-minute drive from downtown Edmonton. This national park is known for its many wild animals, and will be the highlight of any winter trip. Put on your snow boots and hike the park’s trails—make sure you look out for the majestic bison roaming around. Click here for more information on Elk Island National Park.

Discover the River Valley

The North Saskatchewan River runs right through the city of Edmonton. The vast adjoining valley offers visitors plenty of exciting opportunities when it comes to outdoor activities, both in summer and winter. Here you’ll find more than 160 kilometres (100 miles) of hiking trails which are excellent for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Rent a Fat Bike (a bicycle sporting big oversized tires perfect for snowy terrain) at eValley Bike Tours, or take a Segway tour with River Valley Adventure Co.

Culinary highlights

Throughout the city, you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants offering various cuisines from around the globe. Old Strathcona is a must visit for a real taste of Edmonton. Here, you’ll find a wide range of great boutiques, cafés, breweries and restaurants. After an afternoon of shopping, pull up a chair at MEAT, at El Cortez, or at Situation Brewing and indulge in a delicious dinner. Edmonton’s culinary scene won’t disappoint! Check out Explore Edmonton’s website for a list of the city’s best food & drink hotspots!

West Edmonton Mall

North America’s largest shopping and entertainment centre can be found in Edmonton. Part adventure park, part entertainment complex, including shopping and dining, the Mall spans the equivalent of 48 city blocks. Shopaholics can browse for hours here without ever getting bored  and those that aren’t interested in shopping won’t be disappointed either. This attraction features an indoor theme park, waterpark, cinemas, an ice skating rink, hotel and more. Check out this link for more information.

Edmonton Oilers

Do you want to kick-off your winter holiday like a real Canadian? If so, then go to an Edmonton Oilers ice-hockey game! Edmontonians love their hockey, so make sure to order your tickets in advance. The Oilers play their home games in the iconic Rogers Place arena, which first opened its doors to the public in 2016. This state-of-the-art stadium is sure to make your jaw drop. Let’s go, Oilers!

Helicopter tour

Discover a panoramic view of the city from the sky with Edmonton Regional Helicopter Tours. The tour starts at Edmonton International Airport from which you’ll embark on a journey that follows Edmonton’s oasis of urban parkland, the North Saskatchewan River valley. From the air, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of all the city’s sights. For more tips on planning your helicopter tour, click here!

Royal Alberta Museum

The Royal Alberta Museum tells the story of the province’s people, culture and landscapes. The newly renovated museum in the heart of downtown will open its doors to visitors early 2018, and will be western Canada’s largest museum. Embark on a voyage of discovery and learn about the area’s first inhabitants and about the development that Alberta has undergone throughout the ages. Stay tuned for the official opening date on the Royal Alberta Museum’s website.


Discover Edmonton in Winter

There is so much more to explore! This is only a small selection of everything that Edmonton has to offer this winter. Cold? Yes. Boring? Never. Click here for even more to see and do in Edmonton.

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