Why Edmonton is One of Canada’s Best Winter Cities

Eat and drink on a winter patio, play on an urban skating trail and attend a festival like Ice on Whyte.

Photo by Rubens Abboud/Alamy

In 2012, Edmonton’s City Council endorsed a WinterCity Strategy to embrace the freezin’ season. Now, two city IceWays (skating trails), along with the creation of a city-wide annual winter outdoor patio event and an ever-growing array of winter festivals—Deep Freeze and Ice on Whyte, to name a couple—are giving people more ways to play outside.

For Edmontonian and personal trainer Chris Tse, a perfect winter Saturday in the city includes a trail-run through Mill Creek Ravine or a sunset snowshoe at Sunridge Ski Area on the city’s eastern edge. “There’s nothing like watching the sun reflect across the snow during golden hour,” says Tse.

More winter musts in Edmonton

Silver Skate Festival

Lace up your skates for a celebration of ice skating, arts and culture in William Hawrelak Park (Feb. 9 to 19, 2018). Now in its 28th year, this event is Edmonton’s longest-running winter festival.

Little Brick Café and General Store

Sip hot chocolate or soup around one of the fire pits in the backyard at Little Brick Café and General Store.

World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall

Slip out of the snowsuit and go to the beach. The wave pool and waterslides at West Edmonton Mall are a great mini winter escape.

Read more: The Best Winter Cities in Canada 


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