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The Ice Castles are Back!

December 30, 2016

​We could not be more excited to be a key supporter of such an incredible outdoor event in Edmonton. Opening December 30, this exhibit will be a happening place straight through until March. You won't want to miss it — get your Ice Castles tickets today!

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Water makes ice and EPCOR makes water!

Helping bring Ice Castles to Edmonton is a perfect fit for us — not only are we Edmonton's water provider, but we also like to get in on the action when it comes to bringing fun community events to the city we call home.

There's a lot of work that happens behind the scenes before ice castle construction can start and EPCOR plays a fundamental role in making it happen.

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of water to build the Ice Castles. Water gets to the site from a hydrant and during ice castle construction, we work hand in hand with the builders to maintain the hydrant and pipes connecting it.

When all the ice from the castles melts in the spring, most of it makes its way back to the river. So, an important step for EPCOR is treating the water that makes the ice castle so that it's safe to return to the river.

What's new this year?

  • TWO slides: up from one and longer than last year's, which means twice the fun
  • Bigger and taller: the Ice Castle structures are two to three times the size of last year
  • EPCOR fountain and ice sculpture: take the perfect, most shareable photo
  • Food trucks: keep you warm and full as you admire the dancing lights

How to make your experience extra great?

The Ice Castles are breathtaking to behold. Edmonton's winter temperatures can take your breath away too, so make sure you plan ahead! Wear warm boots and dress appropriately.

If you are bringing the little ones, a sled is a great substitution for a stroller — your arms will be grateful.

Capture the memories! Take lots of photos and share them with the world. Tag @IceCastlesYEG on Facebook and use #IceCastlesyeg on your social platforms.

How else can you embrace winter?

Like we said, Edmonton embraces winter. If you want to enjoy the great outdoors, here are just a few ways you can over the next few months:

Silver Skate Festival (February 10 to 20): Ice Castles is a part of Silver Skate Festival which takes place in Hawrelak Park. Everything winter is there. It is a festival of art, culture, recreation and sport. And if you only have a few hours, the Fire Sculpture is a must!

Deep Freeze (January 14 and 15): sounds cold but you can stay warm with two days of fun. Celebrate "Olde New Year" by playing a pick-up game of "Old Tyme Curling" or cheering on contestants of competition de boucheron (log cutting competition). There is something for everyone!

Ice on Whyte Festival (January 26 to 29 and February 2 to 5): if you want to see ice sculptors from across the globe, check out Ice on Whyte. This year will feature a few iconic Canadian characters to commemorate our country's 150th birthday.

Flying Canoe Volant (February 3 and 4): celebrate local history and culture in Edmonton's French Quarter and along the trails in Mill Creek Ravine. Bannock, storytelling and drumming included.

For all the cool things happening in the city this winter, visit Explore Edmonton