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 things to do in Edmonton this winter
Lace up your skates for a celebration of ice skating, arts and culture in William Hawrelak Park (Feb. 8 to 18, 2019). Now in its 29th year, this event is Edmonton’s longest-running winter festival.
Sip hot chocolate or soup around one of the fire pits in the backyard at Little Brick Café and General Store.
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
[This story appears in the November 2017 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated]
Why Quebec City is One of Canada’s Best Winter Cities
Beautiful, historic and charming, Quebec City feels especially romantic and playful in winter. Visit in January during Carnaval de Québec to go ice skating, watch parades and see Bonhomme. Plus, stay in an ice hotel, go skiing and take in wintry decorations.
Where to Go Shopping in Edmonton
From the independent boutiques of the Old Strathcona neighbourhood to downtown's exciting exhibits, Edmonton is bursting with unexpected art and fashion finds. Shop for coffee table books at The Artworks, cruise through City Market and find vinyl at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall.