Edmonton is known for its festivals, hence its nickname the “Festival City,” but even if festivals aren’t your thing there is lots to explore in Edmonton and the surrounding area. If you are looking to get out for a snowshoe or Segway exploration of the River Valley area then River Valley Adventures has what you are looking for.
If skating is more your thing then you can glide along Edmonton IceWay Skating Trail at the Victoria Park skating path, lit by solar-powered lanterns for an unforgettable colourful experience to be had with your family, friends or loved ones.
For those interested in skiing there are options available within city limits that don’t have you driving out to the mountains. Snow Valley Ski Club and Rabbit Hill Snow Resort are two locations that will have you enjoying the chill of February on the slopes for a half or full day of skiing or snowboarding.
For festivals, there are several to choose from throughout the month of February:
January 27 to February 6, 2022
Ice on Whyte is a world renowned ice-carving competition. Taking place on one of Edmonton’s busiest avenues, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to carve and sculpt while enjoying an ice bar, ice games and more. Price is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 2-13, under 2 for free. Visit https://www.iceonwhyte.ca for more details.
February 1 to February 5, 2022
Flying Canoë Volant showcases local Canadian folklore and story-telling through various performances from music and dancing, Indigenous art, hot drinks, bannock-roasting and firepit conversations. The event is rooted in French legend shared with First Nations/Metis peoples of the Edmonton region. Visit https://www.flyingcanouevolant.ca for more details.
February 11 to February 21, 2022
The Silver Skate Festival has a little bit of everything to offer everyone. Enjoy the February air while skating along the city’s largest skating pond, take in the sight of the Waiward Snow Sculpture Garden, and explore the folk trail that features local Indigenous elders’ oral histories via Night Sky ᐋᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ âcimowin storytelling. Visit https://silverskate.ca for more details.
Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival
February 11 to February 28, 2022
The Canadian Birkebeiner Sky Festival is one of only three Birkebeiner Loppets in the world and showcases Canadian and Nordic Legends and traditions and a celebration of cross country skiing. This event includes several Birkies of different lengths, from the 55 km with 5.5 kg pack, to the 1 km or 3 km family ski. Come out no matter your skill level, as there are training courses available for the uninitiated. Visit https://canadianbirkie.com for more details.
Wendy Powell is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Cool Winter Guide advertising feature. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.