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Our attendance continues to increase as our audience reach also expands. Visitors travelling more than one hour to the capital region make up over 26% of our audience. The majority of our visiting audience could be best described as:
“families of four or more, with household incomes greater than $75,000 per year where one or more of the adults in the home is 25-54 years old and works in a professional or managerial role.”
International Snow Sculpture Symposium
Teams of 2-3 artists local and international will transform 8-ft high, 8-ft wide and 8-ft deep blocks of snow into magical creations. When they are finished, eight artworks will create an ephemeral sculpture garden for audiences to enjoy for the duration of the festival.
This spellbinding spectacle of light provides a grand finale to a day of outdoor fun. Support our Fire Artists.
Performers In The Park
Sponsor an evening of live entertainment on our main stage.
Snow Daze School Program
As the Snow Daze School Program continues to grow in popularity, we continue to add more days. 5 days of activities include recreational activities, snow sculpting, and Aboriginal programming in the Indigenous Winter Camps.
Lantern Making Workshop
A lantern making workshop is held in the late afternoons in preparation for an evening lantern procession to the fire sculpture installations.
A celebration of Edmonton’s rich culture heritage which features pioneer, francophone and aboriginal pieces. Our Heritage Village also has indigenous winter experiences which includes an interpretive center of Indigenous and Métis Winter Shelters.
Enable us to provide visitors with free crosscountry ski and snowshoe rentals.
Free Family Fun Zones
Free winter activities with an epic ice slide, snow maze and much more!
Silver Skate Folk Trail
Each year the Silver Skate Folk Trail is loosely based on a folk tale. We invite the public to explore lantern, light, snow and ice installations which transform the deep dark woods into an enchanted world. Along the trail, a cast of colourful characters reveal a magical story.
Light & Sound Installations
Support a local Edmonton Artist by sponsoring a installations to animate and illuminate parts of our site.
Mammoet Winter Triathlon
Challenges all levels of athletes to run, skate and ski to frosty victory.
Kortebaan Sprint Races
Traditional speed-skating sprint races held outdoors where the winner wins a ham and bragging rights.
Skates races which attract local, national and international athletes that compete in 1 hour, 10km and 1km races.
Snow Shoes Races
Canada’s fastest growing winter sport. Stay fit, get outside, and enjoy Edmonton’s winter wonderland.
In addition to the above programming, Silver Skate Festival is proud to present Special Events. In the past, these have included 'Everything Under the Rainbow,' a LGBTQ-focused evening including activities such as free skate rentals, s'mores, and drum circles, a Winter Market as well as 'Battle of the Neighbourhood' and 'Spirits on Ice,' unique food and drink tasting events with live music held in a heated tent. We have been working closely with public health officials to reimagine these events and the 2021 festival in a safe way, and although these events will look different, we are committed to creating unique opportunities to activate our partnerships.