Edmonton Ice Castles

Make the most of winter

   Residence Services Team  |  Jan 15, 2020

Are you struggling to keep your spirits high when the temperature outside is so low? We recommend having some fun!

Finding a great outdoor activity or event can be difficult, so we've compiled a list of the many events happening on campus and throughout Edmonton for you. Bundle up and make the most of this chilly Edmonton winter!

The Ice Castles in Hawrelak Park

These acre sized castles are composed entirely out of ice and are part of an interactive art piece that spans across six cities in North America. Edmonton is the only Canadian city with this beautiful wonderland.

Open night or day, the Ice Castles are a must-see attraction in Edmonton. But don't take our word for it, check it out yourself!

Explore Edmonton's Ice Castles


Ice skating

Why not turn one fun activity into two and check out Hawrelak Park's skating rink. You can bring your own skates or rent a pair. Admission is free.

If Hawrelak Park isn't nearby, the City of Edmonton has several other ice rinks for you to choose from, including:

  • Castle Downs
  • City Hall
  • Jackie Parker
  • Meadows Outdoor Leisure Ice
  • Rundle Park
  • Victoria Park

Learn more about ice skating in Edmonton

Two girls ice skating

Antifreeze poster

Antifreeze: an epic winter competition

Every year, the Students' Union hosts this legendary competition where teams of 8 to 10 people compete against each other in a series of fun challenges.

The prize? A free ski trip! (And don't forget about those bragging rights!)

Learn more about Antifreeze


The East Campus Bingo League

Not interested in going outside? Stay warm, make new friends and win cool prizes by playing bingo with your fellow residents.

Talk to your RA for more information.


The Flying Canoe Volant

The Flying Canoe Volant is a creative, interactive and cultural event that celebrates local history and everything that is great about a long winter's night. Loosely based on the legend of the Flying Canoe, and on French-Canadian, First Nation, and Métis traditions, the Flying Canoe Volant invites you for a nighttime adventure in Edmonton's French Quarter and along the illuminated trails of the Mill Creek Ravine.

Learn more about the Flying Canoe Volant

Flying Canoe Volant event UAlberta