Canada's festival city
is embracing winter like never before by making the city more livable, more inviting and more fun. For the Love of Winter
was developed by Edmontonians to transform their city into a world-leading winter city and a big part of the fun of winter is derived fron the city's great festivals and events.
While the Deep Freeze Festival does in fact include a deep freezer race (deep freezers on skis raced to the finish line), it's not the sole focus of this unique festival that takes place in early January. Also known as the Byzantine Winter Festival, the main purpose is to celebrate the Russian/Ukrainian Olde New Year. Festival events include the Chisel and Chainsaw Ice Carving Competition, Dutch Snow Sculptors and Olde Tyme Curling. Shopping, food and fun for the whole family.
Ice on Whyte
is Edmonton's premier 10-day winter festival celebrating the best of winter with an international ice carving competition, a giant ice slide, snow carvings, ice carving workshops, an interactive children's play area, live music, food, fashion, and cultural events.
The annual Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival
, east of Edmonton, is a hugely popular family-friendly affair. For cross country ski hounds, completing the Birkie, as it is affectionately known, is a rite of poassage. The word "birkebeiner" has come to mean "a person strong in adversity never daunted by trial and hardships." This long distance ski event relives an 800 year-old Norwegian legend
. Look for the crazy costumes and stick around for the celebratory Vikings' Feast.