Edmonton: Magical Ice Castles!

During winters, Edmonton looks like a winter wonderland. There are ski, ice hockey and snow boarding activities all over the capital city. Ice Castles LLC have truly found Edmonton as its playground to display their castles built out of ice!

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Ice Castles, LLC is a Utah-based entertainment company that specializes in large-scale events handcrafted from ice. Other than Edmonton, Ice Castle displays can be explored in Utah, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hamphire (all in the United States)


From Wanderlust to Winter-lust

This is one of the “must see” events, when you visit Edmonton in the winters.

Enjoy a few images from the Ice Castles, Edmonton. Read all about the event and how to get to Edmonton and the park below.

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All the Know

  • Ice Castles, Edmonton displays happen in Winter. In 2016 – the duration of the event was 30 December 2016 – 15 March 2017. (Cold weather is a pre-requisite for ice castles. In 2015, the event in Edmonton was cut short due to mild winter)
  • Tickets for the event are sold online as well as at the entry gate. It is advisable to purchase them online, in case they are sold out. (Prices below are from 2016-2017 event)

    Online Tickets: General Admission (12+): $12.95      Child (4-11): $9.95

    At-the Door-Tickets:     General Admission (12+): $18      Child (4-11): $12

  • Location of the event:
    William Hawrelak Park
    9330 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T6G 2A8, Canada
  • Parking: Free Parking is available at the location

My Experience 

I purchased my tickets online and received a confirmation email. A mobile ticket was sent to me via text message. Tickets are sent 24 hours prior to the event, along with a reminder. I booked the tickets for January 2nd 2017 ~ what a super cool way to ring in the New Year, is it not? 🙂

When I purchased the ticket, I chose a “time-frame” like -6:00-6:30 pm ~ it means that as long as you arrive in that time frame, you have access to the Ice Castle display and you can stay there as long as you like.

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Little Things to Keep in Mind

  • Bundle up, Layer Up – Please ensure you are wearing winter jackets, mittens, beanies, everything to keep you warm while you enjoy the ice castles. Winters in Edmonton are not fun, with the icy cold winds
  • Wear Boots –  Wear winter boots as the walking surface inside of the Ice Castles is made of crushed ice.
  • Night or Day Tickets The event starts at 3:00 pm local time. These days its not really bright during the daytime, so I opted for evening/night tickets. I also didn’t want to miss those light/s. If the sunlight is good, you can opt to visit during the day and get some great images as well.
  • Time: I spent about 30 minutes in the park. It was really cold when I visited the Ice Castles – over -24 degrees. There were 2 fire pits in the park area to warm up 🙂

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Getting to Edmonton

Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian Province of Alberta. I have been calling Edmonton home since 2015. Edmonton has an international airport, providing great connectivity to international visitors (YEG – Edmonton International Airport, Nisku)

Connectivity via roadways from other major Canadian cities is also good.

Calgary is another major city in Alberta, located just 3 hours from Edmonton.

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