We are famous for our festivals and winter time is no exception! Get out there and explore some of Edmonton's snowy festivities.
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival celebrates the multicultural roots of Edmonton winters with artists, Old Tyme curling, winter mini golf, street hockey, lumberjack contests and even deep freezer races.
When the temperature drops, the creativity rises. Picture icy masterpieces that would impress the likes of Michelangelo. A giant ice slide, art, music, food and live concerts await you at Ice on Whyte Festival.
January 26-February 5
Loosely-based on the legend of La chasse-galerie (The Flying Canoe), the Flying Canoë Volant is a creative, interactive, cultural event where you can celebrate local history and everything that is great about a long winter’s night.
The Silver Skate Festival is an extravaganza of art, culture, recreation and sport. Wander through the Snow Sculpture Garden, try your hand at Jam-Can Curling, explore the magical Silver Skate Folk Trails, and enjoy live entertainment after the sun goes down during Night Works.
Outside it's snowing but inside things are heating up! There's plenty of indoor activities to do in Edmonton when you need a break from the outdoor fun.
Explore the TELUS World of Science, a giant laboratory where you can come face-to-face with small sea creatures, learn to program a robot and explore the limits of outer space! Pretend you're in a different climate in one of the four iconic pyramids of the Muttart Conservatory. Get in touch with your artistic side at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
If you're always planning the next strategic move, bring your friends and head to one of Edmonton's board game cafes Hexagon or Table Top Board Game Cafe. Take board games to the next level and play a live action escape game where you will solve a series of riddles to escape out of a room at Breakout or Escape Edmonton.
You gotta give it to us–Edmontonians know how to do winter right. Our winters are bound to be snowy, so you might as well dive on in and play around.
Ski, Snowshoe, Segway and Skate
Edmonton’s expansive river valley and park systems run right through the heart of the city with over 160 km of fresh trails. Pack your cross-country skis or snowshoes and find the best trails to explore. Venture just outside the city to Elk Island National Park, where you’ll be skiing and snowshoeing next to bison, moose, deer and others.
For a truly Edmonton experience, blaze your own trail and venture through the river valley on a segway tour with River Valley Adventure Co. Jump on, secure your sunglasses and hit the trails–the only thing you need to pack is your camera. Worried about the snow? Not a problem, we've slapped some winter tires on those segways!
Discover beauty while ice skating outside, at one of Edmonton’s renowned outdoor rinks, surrounded by gorgeous snow-covered winter scenery. Check out Edmonton's top skating spots to glide on and maybe even play a game of shinny.
If you enjoy the thrill of speed, we've got some downhill options for you. How about Snow Valley Ski Club, Edmonton Ski Club or Rabbit Hill Snow Resort? If standing isn't your thing, try something a little different and go snowtubing down the hill at Sunridge. Or bring along your toboggan or kicksled and opt to find the hidden hills around Edmonton.
Just because it's cold out doesn't mean you should stay at home. Edmonton's independent restaurants are being noticed by foodies around the world. The smell of smoked meat will warm you up as you walk into MEAT in Old Strathcona. At Woodwork, a craft cocktail goes well with their classic open-fire barbecue menu. 124 Street Area has a bunch of cozy restaurants worth making reservations at like North 53, Canteen, and RGE RD.
Get your mouth watering with the Top 5 Desserts Worth Saving Room For according to local food lover and guest blogger, Baconhound.
For a warm cup of cheer on the go, pop into one of Edmonton's best independent coffee shops like Little Brick, Transcend or Iconoclast. Our city's coffee culture keeps growing, with every cafe keeping the bar raised high for third wave coffee shops.