Sunday, 19 January 2014

Winter Activities in Edmonton: Part 1

In many countries winter is associated with the coziness of homes with a cup of hot chocolate in front of TV or with family. In Edmonton, there is so much to do outdoors, especially when temperatures are below zero. This list of activities with schedules is so fun that you will forget it is winter after all. Try what you like with your family and get used to the new winter attitude here :)

Here is a list of winter activities in Edmonton; notice that you need to look at the times and months some of them open and also the links for booking or more details for others:

1- Hot Chocolate Sundays: "Get ready for Hot Chocolate Sundays in February! Pack up your sleds, bring the family and warm up those little red noses with a free hot chocolate from the City of Edmonton and Global TV Edmonton!" 

Starts 1/2/2014-Ends 28/2/2014. Watch the times and location in February here

2- Edmonton Valley Zoo Family Day Fun - Arctic Ambassador Day: "Bundle up your family and ‘Get Closer” for some Family Day Fun! Visit the new Adventure Lodge, have your face painted, participate in the Animal Families scavenger hunt, visit our free photo booth, and learn why Edmonton Valley Zoo us an Arctic Ambassador Center for Polar Bears International." 

Location: Edmonton Valley Zoo 13315 Buena Vista Road Edmonton, AB
Starts: 17/2/2014 
For more details click here

3- River Valley Adventure Co.: "Now you can hop on your own Segway for a remarkable winter tour through Edmonton’s world famous river valley. Edmonton’s river valley is an urban gem, with over 150 km of trails for snow shoeing, cross country skiing.  You’ll start with a lesson from Chris, or another certified member of his expert team who’ll offer tips and training. Soon, you’re off on a scenic Winter Segway trek, fully equipped with snow-biting winter tires. Your guide will share some of Edmonton’s natural history."

Phone: 1-877-433-7347
Address: 9735 Grierson Hill NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Admission: $29.99
Book in advance here.

4- Snow Valley Ski Club: "If you’ve never been on a pair of skis or a snowboard, or are eager to learn more, Snow Valley Ski Club is a great place to gain confidence over 20 acres of skiable terrain. Snowboarders can soar over two Terrain Parks, offering beginner to advanced features and man made jumps. 

Private and group skiing, snowboarding, cross-country, and ski racing lessons are available for all ages. Rent your equipment, or bring your own, and learn from a certified instructor.
After hitting the slopes, warm up in the lodge where glass walls offer beautiful vistas overlooking Edmonton’s Rainbow Valley. Settle in front of the fieldstone fireplace, and enjoy a tasty snack."

Phone: 1-877-433-7347
Address: 13204 45 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Monday to Friday: 9am - 9pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 5pm
Start date: 18/11/2013
End date: 30/4/2014
Tickets here

5- Tobogganing and Kicksledding: "Enjoy a fun morning trying out kicksledding and tobogganing down the hill! Soar down a snow-covered hill and feel the brisk wind nip at your cheeks as you race your friends and family!"

Phone: 1-780-496-3664
Address: Emily Murphy Park, Gallagher Park, Government House Park, Castledowns Park, Rundle Park, Whitemud Park North. 
Details on safe locations designated by City of Edmonton and open times click here.

6- Northern Lights: "Stay up after midnight, dress warmly and bring a thermos of hot cocoa: you’re about to take a front seat at one of the most magnificent shows on earth: the Northern Lights. Here in Edmonton, you’re in one of the country’s best places for witnessing this phenomenon of nature: green and pink dancing lights form part of Edmonton’s skies for four months over the winter. 

Be awed by the breathtaking spectacle of the undulating heavenly mosaic of colours that dance across the skies. Try to find the words to explain this immaculate work of nature to your friends back home. Here in Edmonton, the land is magical and pristine; looking into the night sky, you witness firsthand how miracles happen."  

More details on the Aurora Watch website here

Don't forget to read part 2 of Winter Activities in Edmonton shortly. 

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