A Visit to Edmonton Ice Castle
Although winter seems like a season to curl up & nurse a hot chocolate by the fire, there are many interesting adventures to be had in the snow. Our family drove the short distance recently to the Edmonton Ice Castle. The kids were convinced we would be able to find Elsa. Mainly, we wanted to check out this massive 2-acre ice park and have a little fun outside.
Here’s an overview of all of our fun:
This winter wonderland provides over 2 acres of icicles and water to explore through tunnels to spelunk, ice towers and look outs for views, and a quick ice slide for giggling good times. This year, there’s even a warm up area featuring mini donuts and some fires to warm up.
Ice Towers & Look Out
The ice slide was easily the favourite part of visiting. Crazy carpets are provided, so you don’t need to bring one. Each person gets a turn to whoosh down the ice slide. Watching each person come down a different way was really fun.
William Hawrelak Park
The park is located in Edmonton’s River Valley. It’s over 68 acres, and is full of winter fun that can turn your visit into a whole day excursion. The Ice Castle, yes, but also cross country skiing (3 loops of 1.5, 2, and 2.6 km), and pond skating. For out of town visitors, like us, it’s easy to get to. Just a short drive from Highway 16 (TransCanada highway) and a hop on Groat Creek Road.
Hours & Tickets
Open Monday-Thursday 3pm-9pm
Buying tickets in advance saves you money at the gate. You have to pick a timeframe. We were a few minutes late for ours (life with kids) and they still let us go right in. Buy your tickets here.