Curb the Cold and Enjoy Winter with these Fun-Filled Edmonton Activities
Is the cold winter weather getting you down? Look no further! There are plenty of activities happening in and around Edmonton. Here are some of my favourites:
1. Star Gazing
What better way to spend a winter night than looking at the stars? Some of the best locations to see the stars are the Telus World of Science Observatory, the U of A Observatory (free star gazing on Thursday's) or Elk Island. You never know what you might see--fingers crossed you'll see the aurora borealis! Sign up to get email notifications from AuroraWatch, and the U of A Observatory will alert you when the next aurora will be visible!
2. Cross-Country Skiing
Edmonton is full of cross-country ski trails! Head out to places like Kinsmen Park or look up the full list on the City of Edmonton's website. Haven't been cross-country skiing before? Sign up for one of the many lessons available.
3. Tobogganing & Sledding
If you want to have some fun in the snow, Edmonton has a number of places to go sledding!
4. Snow Tubing
Don't feel like skiing or snowboarding? Try Snow tubing at Sunridge and Ski Area and feel the rush! Snow tubes are provided. Check out their website to buy your tickets!
Edmonton has plenty of options for skating whether you want to use an indoor rink or an outdoor rink, including the ever-popular Alberta Legislature, City Hall, and Hawrelak Park rinks! Also, Edmonton's Victoria Park has a speed skating rink and a Freezeway--a 400m scenic path that takes you through the trees.
There are many parks in Edmonton that are perfect for snowshoeing. Some parks have packed-down paths, but you can snowshoe in spots where there are no trails. Don't want to go alone? Take a snowshoeing tour with River Valley Adventure Co. or rent out some snowshoes and go on your own.
7. Edmonton Ice Castle (January to March)
Ever wanted to explore an ice castle? Buy your tickets and head over to Hawrelak park and walk through the massive castle, slide down the ice slides, venture through the caves and tunnels, and see the spectacular waterfalls!
8. Silver Skate Festival (February)
This is a 10-day festival in the river valley. Come out for some fun in the snow! Look at the ice sculptures, listen to great music, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and bake bannock over the fire. You can even compete in different events, such as speed skating and the winter triathlon.
I hope these get you into the winter spirit!