Spring may have taken into effect for most of us but in Edmonton, we are known as Winter City. Having said this, a lot of people underestimate the local shindigs that this city has to offer. Regardless of the season. Back in February – when it was a lot colder – J and I decided to give Ice Castles a go!
It was both of our first times and decided to opt to go during the day when it was less crowded and the temperatures didn’t drop in the negatives.
Ice Castles is a Utah-based company that specializes in catering to these events handcrafted from ice. They magically transform 10,000 icicles a day into what looks like, Elsa’s playground. Each Ice Castle weighs about 25,000,000 pounds!!
The idea behind Ice Castles was originally crafted at the front of Brent Christensen’s lawn as he wanted to create a castle for his daughter. This was first created in Alpine, Utah and now Ice castles are also held in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Edmonton. Edmonton is the only Canadian location where you can freely enjoy these handcrafted Ice sculptures. Sorry, no pets allowed!
Ice Castles in Edmonton was held at William Hawrelak Park which is a 68-hectare park in the River Valley. It has 5 open lakes and lots of space for picnics and walks. This park often hosts huge festivities and events all throughout the year such as this and Heritage Days. Parking can be limited based on when you go but I’ve never had any issues trying to figure out where to park!
The lakes are turned into outdoor ice rinks and during the Ice Castles event, Silver Skate Festival is held around the same time. We weren’t fortunate enough to be able to experience Silver Skate ourselves, however, from what we’ve gathered it seems to be an amazing time.
As you walk out of the Ice Castles area you’ll notice ice statues all over the park. The statues were created as representations of the rich historic culture and price that Edmonton holds dearly!