Silver Skate Festival

Presented by Northgate Industries Ltd.

Feb 7-17, 2025 • Laurier Park

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.

For the past 33 years, the Silver Skate Festival has transformed Hawrelak Park into a mosaic of winter fun for the entire family. While Hawrelak Park undergoes extensive revitalization in 2024 you will find us across the North Saskatchewan River at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park.

Bring your skates and glide along Edmonton's River Valley Parks newest outdoor skating rink, marvel at the artistic talent on display in our snow sculpture garden, join us on the Folk Trail, or learn about indigenous histories and traditions in our Heritage Village.

Friends and families, we welcome you to enjoy all the activities at the Silver Skate Festival which 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. 

Staff

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Erin DiLoreto

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

DIRECTOR
Brian Johnston

Festival Artists & Contractors

SITE COORDINATOR
Ryan Telfer

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Valda Roberts

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Ronda Chestnutt

ARTS ADMINISTRATOR
(Canada Summer Jobs)
Aidan Laudersmith

OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Epic Photography

GRAPHIC DESIGNER / WEBMASTER
Greg deJong

COMMUNICATION
Kyle Humeny

SOCIAL MEDIA
Linda Hoang Digital

INDIGENOUS COORDINATOR
Josh Languedoc

FOLK TRAIL, LIVE THEATRE COORDINATOR
Charlie Peters

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Darrek Anderson

LIGHTING DIRECTOR
Gail Ksionzyk

ARTISTS
Mell Wolfinger
Paul McGowan

ARTIST LIAISONS/DRIVERS
Doug Taylor
Ron Matsuba

SITE CREW
Paul McGowan
Jojo Lechot
Roo Baker
J Wispinski
Reese Dougall
Thye Phan
Nigel McCurdy
John Dorian
Sean Carrick
Alyson Dicey - Lantern Making Tent

SECURITY
Shannon Ball
Jason Ball

HEAVY EQUIPMENT
Cliff Grant

 

Volunteer!

Come and Create Winter Experiences Onsite With Us!

We have a multitude of volunteer positions available for people of different ages, skill sets, and interests. Almost all the volunteer positions are outside, yay :) Dress for success and we will take care of the rest!

Contact Silver Skate


FESTIVAL GRANTORS & PARTNERS
Northgate Industries LtdEdmonton Arts Council (EAC)Funded by the Government of CanadaAlberta Foundation for the ArtsAlberta Government
EdmontonWinter City EdmontonMammoetStephensons Rental Services
The Jim Pattison Broadcast GroupPattison Outdoor AdvertisingExplore Edmonton

All Festival Partners

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SILVER SKATE FESTIVAL

Presented by Northgate Industries Ltd.

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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