Heat Up Winter
Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park transforms into a winter wonderland when a Narnia-like castle is created using only water and ice. One of only four of its kind in the world, visitors to the acre-sized Ice Castle can wind their way through an ice maze and spelunk through tunnels. Visit during the Silver Skate Festival and you can also take in icy art, plus towering fire sculptures.
Here are a few other ways to enjoy Alberta’s snow globe environment:
- Dashing through the snow at Heritage Ranch. Romantic sleigh rides whisk guess through a winter wonderland of 20,000 lights. Several outfitters in the Rockies also offer outings on cozy cutters or Santa’s-sleigh-like crafts.
- Looking for more adrenaline? Mush your way through the snow-clad landscape on dog-sledding adventures in Kananaskis Country.
- Toast your accomplishments at the outdoor ice bar at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or at Edmonton’s Café Bicyclette, where you’ll find a winter patio, complete with heaters, fireplaces, blankets and windbreakers.
- Cruising down new winter fat-biking trails in Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the Kananaskis region.
- Soothing sore muscles in the thermal waters of Banff Upper Hot Springs.
- Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Banff Springs offer luxurious outdoor hot tubs with a classic après-ski vibe.