There's no question that when winter hits Edmonton, it can hit hard and cold. We Edmontonians are constantly looking for ways to make the most of the season and this winter, Hawrelak Park in South Central Edmonton will be turned into a frosty fantasy land with the construction of an ice castle of epic proportions.
Hand crafted using water, icicles, and snow; the ice castle will feature full-sized rooms and corridors where Edmonton families can wander and explore the frosty fortification. Featuring a throne room, internal waterfall, ice maze and a working ice slide; the castle is a walkable attraction that is sure to become a memorable and mesmerizing winter experience.
Called “Narnia-like” by the castle creators, the ice palace will feature plenty of jaw-dropping beauty and will include millions of sparkling LED lights embedded directly into the ice structure for an amazing night-time display of iridescent colour. The group that builds these fabulous fortresses, Ice Castles, LLC is based in Utah and this year will be constructing their wintery wonderlands in Minnesota, New Hampshire, their home state of Utah and of course, Edmonton.
Given that this is an outdoor winter event, there are a few things that you'll need to consider before visiting the Ice Castle, and although they may seem like common sense, they are worth repeating:
- First off, dress warm! We know this sounds a bit redundant given that we've all, most of us anyway, experienced how bone-chillingly cold our Edmonton winters can be, but this is a giant castle made of ice in the middle of the elements. It will be cold so dress for the occasion.
- Also keep in mind that the entire structure, including the floors, is made of ice so wear boots. Even though the builders used crushed ice and snow to make the floors seem like gravel to provide extra traction, it is advisable to wear sensible footwear with a decent tread to avoid slipping.
- Lastly, bring your camera! Who knows when or if you'll get the chance to walk through a building made entirely of ice and snow so you want to record those awesome memories!
The Edmonton ice castle will run from January 5th through till the end of March, weather permitting and is partnered with both the City of Edmonton and the Silver Skate Festival that runs for 10 days in February, currently in its 25th year of operation. The ice castle will be open from 2-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 2-10 p.m. on Fridays, and noon-10 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information including how to obtain tickets and ticket pricing, visit the company's website at http://www.icecastles.com and be sure to check out the fabulous gallery of past ice castles to see what's in store!
Are you as excited as we are about having our very own Edmonton ice castle this coming winter? Let us know in the comments below if you plan on visiting or if you've been lucky enough to have seen one of these structures before! We can't wait to see you there! If you'd like more information on the various Edmonton communities that make our city worthy of an event like this, please feel free to contact us. We'll be more than happy to help answer your questions about our wonderful city as well as Edmonton real estate and homes for sale!