Feb 9-19, 2024 • Laurier Park
Edmonton's longest running winter festival!
Celebrate your inner voyageur with light, music, legends, and dance! Inspired by the legend of The Flying Canoe and French Canadian, First Nations, and Métis traditions, this event celebrates beautiful Mill Creek Ravine and the French Quarter. Check out our interactive map for activities you can do along the river valley and Mill Creek trail systems on your journey to The Canoe!
A wall made of ice eh? I think I watched a tv show that had one of those in it... Here’s your chance to channel your inner Jon Snow and scale the wall. Courtesy of the Edmonton Ski Club, Edmonton’s first and only ice climbing facility, situated in the beautiful river valley with downtown in sight, is now open. Ice climbing gear (boots, crampons, ice tools, harness and helmet) available for rent on site. What are you waiting for?
If you can only do one of our challenges this winter, please make it this one.
Snowshoes make going through the deepest snow a breeze, and a whole bunch of fun. Explore the river valley and get a great workout!
Get the most out of your snowshoeing adventure by booking a tour with a knowledgeable guide. They know the best routes, can give you fun and insightful information about the area, and will go at your pace. 60 minute snowshoe tours through the River Valley are only only $19.00/person (min. of 4 people).
Surprise your person with a romantic winter excursion. First off, dig out that old thermos. You'll want some hot coffee or cocoa for this challenge (it's essential). Here's what we suggest:
Ice skates + ice = endless possibilities, especially if you have a frisbee!
“Frisbee Rob” McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta. His favourite ice surface in Edmonton is Hawrelak Park, where he has broken 6 Guinness World Records, and 12 WFDF World Records multiple times since the 2013 Silver Skate Festival.
Check out Rob's tutorial on his favourite three things to do with a frisbee on skates. Give them a go, and see if you can come up with a few of your own!
Visit Frisbee Rob's Tutorial
Top four reasons why you need to try urban poling today:
Challenge accepted. Follow the link below for details on how to get started.
Did you know that Edmonton has more than 160 kilometers of maintained multi-use trails? That’s a lot of ground to cover. Best get some wheels!
Fat bikes have become increasingly popular with outdoor enthusiasts who do not allow anything (i.e. snow) to confine them to indoor activity. Fat tire bikes provide improved grip and traction on the most troublesome terrain (i.e. snow).
Pro Winter Cycling Tips from redbike proprietor Cliff Vallentgoed:
This winter – buy, beg, or borrow a fat bike! There are also many options available to winterize your skinny tire bikes. Visit your local bike shop for more details.
Gather your cohort and go on a self-guided tour of ice sculptures in Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park (8331 104 Street NW, Edmonton) January 27th through February 6th.
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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.