10 Edmonton Winter Date Night Ideas to Get You Outside

When it comes to dating during the winter in Edmonton – you have to check out a festival or two. Getting out during the winter months is made easier because of the fact that there’s so much to do during the winter months, from cross country skiing lessons to walking through a giant ice castle that has been made with layers and layers of frozen water.

Skate at an Outdoor Rink 

Find the list of outdoor rinks in Edmonton, here. Gather your skates or rent skates at select locations and get out for a skate. Evenings filled with holiday lights make the skating rinks a wonderful, wonderful experience – especially for a romantic evening date. For an added experience, check out City Hall on winter weekends for hot chocolate, entertainment and more.

Enjoy the Deep Freeze Festival

The ninth-annual Deep Freeze Winter Festival features Fairies and Elves and Ogres…Oh My!! Join us Saturday & Sunday January 9 & 10, 2016 and embrace the cold northern climate by enjoying artistic panache and authentic cultural and heritage winter games and fun. Don’t miss out on this amazing weekend and as the saying goes. Deep within the winter forest among the snowdrift wide, you can find a magic place where all the fairies hide

Check out the Sculptures at Ice on Whyte

The festival kicks off with the ATCO Gas International Ice Carving Competition. 10 teams of talented ice carvers from around the world compete for top prize and create ice carving masterpieces for visitors to enjoy. Watch artists as they work on their creations from Friday, January 22 and complete on Sunday, January 24 at noon. For the next week, you can enjoy the Ice on Whyte festival by visiting the sculptures.

Take a Walk at the Legislature

In the winter there is a skating rink on the south grounds of the Legislature. During the holiday season approximately 120,000 lights are added to 300 shrubs and trees on the north grounds, creating a winter wonderland.

Slip Slide Down a Hill

Slipping, sliding down a hill on a toboggan will bring you right back to the days of your childhood. You can view the city of Edmonton toboggan hills, here. For the best deal on sleds, head to Canadian Tire where you’ll find a variety of options that are suited for adults.

Learn to Cross Country Ski 

Gearing up and taking cross country ski lessons together (like these lessons offered through the City of Edmonton) can get you outside, give you the chance to get active and revamp your Monday evenings. Plus, it’s a chance to warm up together afterwards, over beverages.

Walk Through a Gigantic Ice Castle 

The gorgeous ice castle during the Silver Skate Festival is slated to begin construction in October with layers and layers of ice being created with water sprayed onto the structure. Hoping to be opened between December and March, the castle will be in Hawrelak Park and feature tubed ice slides, a maze and even tunnels.

Snowshoe at Strathcona Wilderness Centre 

You can learn how to snowshow at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre with lessons and rentals throughout the season. You can find the trail map for the centre, here. You can get the rates and information about the rentals, here.

Snow Tubing at Sunridge Ski Area 

Snow tubing is the best thing to happen to winter and Sunridge has the only Snow Tubing Park around. With a dedicated tubing lift (so you don’t have to walk up the hill), three groomed chutes down one of our main hills, and special tubes provided by us, you won’t find a better outdoor winter activity. You can book your session online, and new this year, sessions are booked in two hour blocks to reduce the line-up and get more sledding in on the hill.

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