Things to Do in Winter in Edmonton

Nov 9, 2020

Throw on some warm layers, and don't forget your mittens. Yes, winter in Edmonton is chilly, but it most certainly isn't boring. Fill your calendar with the season's must-dos and make Old Man Winter proud. We're talking trilling attractions, frosty events, northern experiences, outdoor adventure and more!

No matter how you explore, be sure to continue practicing safe physical distancing, frequent hand washing and following the guidelines put in place to keep everyone safe.

Events That Bring the Chill

Just because the temperatures drop, doesn't mean the fun has to stop. While many of these special events are offering modified programming this year, you can rest assured that they will be just as magical as in years past.

Winter brings legendary events like Silver Skate where you can experience epic folk trails, a snow-sculpture garden, winter sport and much more.

Flying Canoe Volant is an interactive cultural experience where you can channel your inner voyageur with music, legends and a dance party in the middle of the forest!

Ice on Whyte showcases some of the best ice artists in the world in a competition of creativity and skill alongside an incredible festival that's fun for the whole family.

Deep Freeze celebrates the “Olde New Year” and embraces our northern climate by melding artistic panache with authentic cultural and heritage winter games and fun.

Skirtsafire is Edmonton’s only theatre and multidisciplinary arts festival featuring women-identifying and non-binary artists. Spoken word, theatre, dance, visual art and music will lift your spirits this season!

The Best Shoe is a Snowshoe

Picture yourself crossing a frozen, snowy lake as the knock-knock-knock of a woodpecker echoes from the forest beyond. If it’s daytime, you might get lucky and spot a bison plowing through the snow and at night, there’s prospect of spotting the northern lights. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and you’re off on an exhilarating day trip through Elk Island National Park. Stay tuned for updates on snowshoe rental availability as the parks amenities reopen to the public.

Big adventures need big shoes! Explore our very own winter wonderland located right in our backyard with Haskin Canoe and their snowshoe tours within the city. Edmonton's vast and glorious river valley is 22 times the size of Central Park, with over 150 Kilometres of trails just waiting to be explored.

Segway the Day Away

Most people think summer when they think Segway. Pictures of sunny days and green grass come to mind. Well, in Edmonton the sunny days stretch into the winter and so does our Segway season. Explore North America’s longest continuous trail systems in the heart of Edmonton’s river valley with River Valley Adventure Co. It's where the bold traveller breaks off from the beaten path and makes their way into the wild no matter the weather.

Lace Up Your Skates

If one of your favourite sounds isn't of a skate gliding across the ice, then you're living your whole life wrong. Breathe in the crisp air as you drift across a glassy-smooth sheet and watch the snow spray as you skid to a stop. Hawrelak Park (9330 Groat Road), the Victoria Park Oval (12130 River Valley Road), and Rundle Park (113 Avenue and 29 Street), are just a few of the city's outdoor skating rinks (Or ODR's as we like to call them). Stay tuned for updates on skate rentals as they are announced for the season.

You have to ski it to believe it

As snowflakes fall through the crisp winter sky, take a deep breath, and get ready to feel your energy soar as you take on a Snow Valley Ski Club run. If you’ve never been on a pair of skis or a snowboard, or are eager to learn more, Snow Valley Ski Club is a great place to gain confidence over 20 acres of skiable terrain. The perfect winter activity for the whole family!

Discover Metis Crossing

Métis Crossing is the first major Métis cultural interpretive centre in Alberta, sitting on 512-acres of land designed to engage and excite visitors. Take in the Tales from the Trapline experience, a 4-hour exploration of traditional Métis winter activities and skills on a historic Métis River Lot farm. Strap on a set of snowshoes, set a snare, build a survival shelter, and learn a traditional artform as you create your own unique and beautiful keepsake.

Hit the Trails

Stop in for a hot chocolate at a local coffee shop like Square 1 Coffee, Credo, Little Brick or District Café, then embark on your own adventure through the winding trails of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Bundle-up and wear a good pair of winter boots, then head off on a serene walk through a natural oasis in the middle of the city. Check out the Commonwealth Walkway App's interactive winter storyline to take your adventure to the next level.