Winter Getaways Near Edmonton

  • The Edmonton Ice Castle shines in the winter sun.
Summer gets all the love from travelers, but winter offers some very special opportunities of its own.

That’s especially true in Edmonton, where you can head out and enjoy all that nature offers and find an abundance of interesting places where you can cozy up and stay warm.

5 Edmonton Winter Getaways

Whether you’re into art or elk (yes, really), Edmonton has something fun for everyone. Here are five of our favorites.

Canyon Ski Resort

Edmonton is flat, but you’ll find skiing less than two hours away at this resort which, as the name states has a canyon to thank for its slopes. After hitting the 22 runs, warm up in the rustic lodge. Night skiing is offered three days a week.

West Edmonton Mall

North America’s largest shopping mall has to be on the list of any winter traveler who values cozy more than frosty. That’s because you could easily enter on a Friday and stay till Sunday without coming close to running out of things to do. There’s Galaxyland, the indoor theme park, complete with a three-loop roller coaster. There’s also an indoor water park, ice rink, bowling, and mini golf. Spend the night in one of two hotels at the mall.

Ice Castles Edmonton

This one-acre winter wonderland was built by hand using only icicles and water. You’ll find ice slides, ice canyons, and even ice tunnels. Visit on Friday or Saturday nights to check out the fire performers who breathe and spin flames to heat up the space.

Royal Alberta Museum

The Royal Albert Museum is open again after moving to a brand-new building in downtown Edmonton. The new 419,000-square-foot space includes a 7,000-square-foot Children’s Gallery where kids can burn off steam—and build volcanoes and dig for fossils—on a cold winter day. Stay for lunch at the Museum Café. Want to stay even longer? Book a room at the landmark Fairmount Hotel Macdonald, which overlooks the North Saskatchewan River Valley.

Elk Island National Park

Just a short drive from downtown, this park is home to elk, as well as bison and more than 250 species of birds. And winter is a great time to spot wildlife because animals come out into the open looking for food. The park also offers snowshoeing, ice skating, and even winter camping. The park is part of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, so the star gazing is not bad either.

Edmonton Vacations and StorageMart

At StorageMart we’re proud to be serve the communities we call home—and we’re always up for a trip to Edmonton, where walks along the river are a wonder any time of year.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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