Silver Skate Festival

Official website of Edmonton's longest running winter festival

The Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton’s longest running winter festival, has been creating winter experiences in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park for over 30 years!

What began as a small annual skating event rooted in Dutch winter traditions has blossomed into an all-embracing celebration of winter sport, art, music, and recreation.

Each year, attendees have beheld Hawrelak Park transformed into a mosaic of winter fun for the entire family! Whether gliding along the largest skating pond in the city, marveling at the artistic talent on display at the snow sculpture demonstrations, cheering on the athletes in the winter triathlon, or cooking bannock and learning about indigenous oral histories and traditions in a Cree winter camp, friends and families enjoyed activities that are as diverse as the people who call our Northern community home.

We invite everyone to rediscover the joy of that first childhood snowfall, or discover that joy for the first time. We challenge you to: explore the river valley... go for a skate... make a snow angel... visit a winter patio... Winter is magic, and the outdoor experiences in our city are limitless!

Our People 

The Silver Skate Festival is made possible by the contributions of many talented and passionate individuals. The festival is governed by a non-profit society, with a Board of Directors committed to encouraging public participation in outdoor winter activities, winter artforms, and spreading winter joy throughout the community. Festival staff work year-round ironing out every single event detail and collaborating with community organizations to help the festival grow. 

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT 
Jacquie Fenske

PAST PRESIDENT 
Tyler Westover

VICE PRESIDENT
Rodney Al

TREASURER 
Rien Visscher 

SECRETARY 
Douwe Spriensma 

DIRECTOR 
Jeff Davis 

DIRECTOR 
Joseph Pedrola

Staff

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Erin Di Loreto

SITE COORDINATOR
Rory Storm

CULINARY COORDINATOR
Monique MacDonald

OFFICE COORDINATOR
Dana Colbourne

OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Marc J. Chalifoux Photography

GRAPHIC DESIGNER / WEBMASTER
Greg deJong

COMMUNICATION
Kyle Humeny

SOCIAL MEDIA
Linda Hoang Digital

FOLK TRAIL, LIVE THEATRE COORDINATOR
Charlie Peters

HERITAGE COORDINATOR
Josh Languedoc

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Darrek Anderson

LIGHTING DIRECTOR
Gail Ksionzyk

SITE
Mell Wolfinger
Paul McGowan

SECURITY
Shannon Ball
Jason Ball

HEAVY EQUIPMENT
Cliff Grant

Volunteers

Silver Skate has always blessed with so much volunteer support from the community. Thank you! We love you all!! Our volunteers have been the key to our success.

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FESTIVAL PARTNERS
Edmonton Arts CouncilFunded by the Government of CanadaAlberta Foundation for the ArtsAlberta GovernmentEdmontonEPCORMammoetWaiwardImperial Oil Esso MobilPembinaTC EnergySuperior Tent Rentals
The Jim Pattison Broadcast GroupGlobal EdmontonExplore EdmontonPattison Outdoor Advertising

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SILVER SKATE FESTIVAL

The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Alberta.

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