Edmonton’s longest-running winter festival, the Silver Skate Festival, is back this February at Hawrelak Park.
The Silver Skate Festival has been a favourite event over 30 years, celebrating winter sports, art, music, food, and the best in winter recreation.
Although many of the fun activities have needed to change this year to ensure everyone’s safety, this year’s festival will still transform the city’s scenic river valley into an unforgettable winter experience.
“This winter we invite everyone to rediscover the joy of that first childhood snowfall, or discover that joy for the first time,” the festival wrote in an email to Daily Hive.
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Bring your skates with you, because Hawrelak Park is home to Edmonton’s largest skating pond. No matter what type of skater you are, there’s over five hectares of skating surface for everyone to enjoy. Glide along, listening to the local music being played across the park, or race against your personal best time on the Silver Skate 1km loop.
Visitors to the Silver Skate Festival will have the chance to marvel at the artistic talent on display in the Waiward Snow Sculpture Garden, or choose to explore the Folk Trail.
For this years Heritage Village instillation, Silver Skate was able to record and archive local indigenous elders’ oral histories and traditions. Bring the family to hear these compelling and important stories, now shared through EPCOR’s Heart and Soul Fund.
Despite facing the challenges of a difficult situation, Silver Skate has put together an exciting list of fun winter activities and challenges. They’ve provided the place to create your own winter experience — the rest is up to you.
“We challenge you — to explore the river valley, go for a skate, make a snow angel, visit a winter patio, embrace your environment — winter is magic, and the outdoor experiences in our city are limitless!” the Silver Skate Festival told us.
The Silver Skate Festival will run from February 12 to 20 at Hawrelak Park.