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Sports Experiences

Celebrate the joy of winter sport with us. It’s fun, it’s easy, and anyone can do it! Compete, or for your pleasure – it's completely up to youEdmonton has hundreds of kilometers of trails and perfectly groomed cross country ski trails begging to be explored, as well as some of the most beautiful skating facilities imaginable. Limited time only. Get out there before the sun takes it all away.

DIY Winter Tri

Run, skate, and ski to frosty victory!

Push your self to personal victory and a new fastest time. The competition isn't available, but the snow, ice, and facilities are. Log your skate times in our time log and qualify for a prize.

 

SKATING

City-operated ice surfaces are maintained and monitored on a daily basis. Ice surfaces will be closed if conditions are unsafe for users. Please keep off closed ice surfaces and obey all posted signage.

Hawrelak Park Rink

Hawrelak Pavilion 
Hours: 9am-10pm
Includes: Washrooms

Skate the Rundle Iceway

Rundle Family Centre  
Hours: 9am-10pm
Includes: Washrooms 

Victoria Iceway

Skating Oval 
Hours: 10am-10pm
Except during Edmonton Speed Skating Association (ESSA) hours:
Monday: 6-7pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 5-9pm
Wednesday: 5-7pm 

Pavilion 
Hours: 9am-10pm
Includes: Washrooms

Virtual Canadian Birkie

Ski, cycle, run, or walk! 

Now you can go at your own pace, at your own place. Join thousands of people around the world completing the Canadian Birkie virtually. This ten-day event takes place from February 12 to 21, 2021. 

Pick your preferred distance and sign up your friends, office, department or organization for the Most KM Group Award. Tons of fun and over $1000 in prizes up for grabs. 

Learn more and sign up HERE 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Edmonton’s River Valley is home to a large number of cross-country ski trails. These trails are accessible, open to everyone and regularly groomed to accommodate different levels of skiers.

Argyll Park/Mill Creek

Trail 1  

Length: 1km
Rating: Easy classic and skating
Trailhead: The trail begins from the west side of the main parking lot and heads southwest.
Description: The trail traverses the flat field, looping around the baseball diamonds back onto itself. 

Trail 2 

Length:1.3km
Rating: Easy classic and skating
Trailhead: The trail begins from the east side of the main parking lot and heads northeast.
Description: The trail travels on the flat field around the sports field, looping back along the tree line, heading up towards Millcreek, with a final loop back towards the Velodrome. 

Gold Bar

Amenities: 

Trail 1 - North Shore 

Length: 1.4km
Rating: Easy classic and skating 

A flat trail that follows the north shore of the lake. 

Trail 2 - Two-way Lake 

Length: 1.1km
Rating: Easy classic and skating 

A flat trail in the centre of lower Gold Bar Park that circles the lakes in the park. A grid of classic tracks for lessons is set on the lake by the warm-up shelter. 

Trail 5 - Wood Cutters' Loop  

Length: 1.2km
Rating: Intermediate classic and skating 

At the south end of the park, the trail leads up into hilly terrain on the west side of the River Valley. The trail travels through steep and rolling terrain north through the forest. Where the trail drops to the park's flats, a fork leads to the park pavilion. 

Trail 6 - The Hadhirgaan (50 Street) 

Length: 1.8km
Rating: Intermediate classic and skating 

The trail continues north through rolling terrain and trees to 50 Street, looping back to the park pavilion in Gold Bar. 

Kinsmen Park

Amenities 

  • Night Ski 
  • Parking 
  • Restrooms 
  • Warm-up Shelter 

Trail 1 - Servold's Loop 

Length: 2km
Rating: Moderate classic and skating
Trailhead: The southeast corner of the Walterdale Loop 

The trails on Kinsmen Park’s “Pitch and Putt” (south of the Sports Centre) follow along the gentle and steep hills of the golf course. The loop is ONE-WAY only. 

Trail 2 - Walterdale Loop 

Length: 1.5km
Rating: Easy classic and skating
Trailhead: The bottom of the field area 

The trail follows the outer perimeter of the lower field. A grid of classic tracks for instruction, practice and training is on the football field at the west end of the park. 

Victoria Golf Course and Park

Trail 1 - West Loop 

Length: 1km
Rating: Easy classic and skating
Trailhead: Flat trail begins and ends at the driving range, it loops around the golf course. 

Trail 2 - East Loop 

Length: 2.5km
Rating: Easy classic and skating
Trailhead: Flat trail begins south of the Cricket Clubhouse and continues along the golf course toward the Royal Glenora Club, looping around the base of Victoria Park Hill and returning. 

Capilano Park

Trail 3 - Capilano East Loop 

Length: 1km
Rating: Easy classic and skating
Trailhead: Capilano Park on the west side of 50 Street past 109 Avenue 

The trail follows 50 Street, turns west on 109A Avenue and ascends a long gradual climb along Capilano Crescent. At Hardisty Drive, the trail forks west along Hardisty Drive (#4 Capilano West Loop) or east down a long gradual hill back into Capilano Park. 

Trail 4 - Capilano West Link 

Length: 1.6km
Rating: Intermediate classic and skating
Trailhead: Capilano Park on the west side of 50 Street past 109 Avenue 

Heading west along Hardisty Drive, a panoramic view of Edmonton can be seen from a lookout along the trail. 

Goldstick Park

Trail 7 - Creek Crossing  

Length: 1km
Rating: Advanced classic and skating 

At the south end of the park, look for the “advanced” trail signs that lead into Goldstick Ravine. The trail crosses Gold Bar Creek and goes up the very steep ESSO hill. Halfway up the hill, turn right onto a hilly trail that re-crosses Gold Bar Creek, leading back to flat terrain in lower Gold Bar Park. 

Trail 8 - Switchback  

Length: 1.9km
Rating: Advanced classic and skating 

Continue up ESSO hill into rolling hilly trails along the trees in Goldstick Park. 

Trail 7 - South Loop (Closed due to slumping) 

Length: 1.1km
Rating: Advanced classic and skating 

This trail leads south into even more hilly terrain before it winds back toward Gold Bar Park. Steep uphill, downhill and tight corners challenge even advanced skiers. 

Riverside Golf Course and Park

Trail 1 - Inside Loop 

Length: 2.1km
Rating: Easy classic and skating 

Flat trail that starts at the clubhouse and loops around the golf course. 

Trail 2 - River's Edge Loop 

Length: 2.7km
Rating: Easy classic and skating 

Flat trail follows the river's edge north. A few gentle rolling hills are found along the south edge of the loop. 

William Hawrelak Park

Trail 1 - Perimeter Loop/Inner Loop 

Perimeter Loop Length: 2.6km
Inner Loop Length: 2km
Rating: Easy classic and skating
Trailhead: The trail travels around the edge and loops around the interior of the park. 

Great for beginners; the flat trails on the perimeter are set for classic and the inner loop for both skating and classic. 

Trail 2 - Connecting Trail: Emily Murphy Link 

Length: 1.5km
Rating: Easy classic 

The trail travels over gentle, flat terrain from the northwest corner of Hawrelak Park to the west parking lot of Emily Murphy Park. 

Downhill Ski or Snowboard at Snow Valley Ski Hill

Snow Valley Edmonton
Snow Valley is open! This is the perfect location to try your luck on the slopes. Located just off the Whitemud Freeway in Rainbow Valley, the hill caters primary to beginner skiers and snowboarders, with only 15% of the area designated as advanced. Don't have the gear? No problem, rentals available. 

Visit snowvalley.ca 
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