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
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.
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.
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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.
Why Winnipeg is One of Canada’s Best Winter Cities
Rather than suffer, Winnipeggers have decided not just to embrace their winter, but to rock it. Skate along the Red River Mutual Trail (one of the world's largest), eat maple taffy at Festival du Voyageur, visit The Forks National Historic Site and warm up at the outdoor Thermëa spa.
Three Days in Jasper, Alberta
Situated in the largest and most northerly national park in the Canadian Rockies (Jasper National Park), the town of Jasper is your base camp for outdoor adventure. Rent a fat bike at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, ski at Marmot Basin Ski Area and go ice walking in Maligne Canyon.