Zoominescence 2018 Biggest Yet!

Zoominescence 2018 Biggest Yet!

Zoominescence is back at Edmonton Valley Zoo in support of the Valley Zoo Development Society. This year is the largest display of lights I’ve seen over the years. The annual event brings together local Edmonton artists with various lit art projects in a place where you can visit the animals at night when the zoo is usually closed. Pro-tip: Be sure to download the Edmonton Valley Zoo app before you go. This app will show…

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Ice On Whyte All Grown-Up

Ice On Whyte All Grown-Up

It’s hard to believe that the Boardwalk Ice On Whyte Festival has been Edmonton’s winter favourite for only 15 years. From its original location at McIntyre Park, to End-of-Steel Park, to this year being right on Whyte Avenue, the festival has gone through several changes. Let’s go back 16 years before Ice On Whyte began. Back in 2002, the closest ice carving festival was over 3 hours away, if you’d brave the unpredictable winter driving…

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Leduc Country Lights Christmas House

Leduc Country Lights Christmas House

Leduc Country Lights is the biggest outdoor light up event in the Edmonton region outside the Alberta Legislature grounds. It’s bigger than ever this year both donations to the Leduc Food Bank and visitors are up. Truly the ultimate winter wonderland. Please obey signs and stay on designated paths to keep this tradition going! To get here, head West at Leduc Common (Exit 517) from QE2, turn left on Range Road 260. Keep driving til…

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Silver Skate Festival

Silver Skate Festival

The Silver Skate Festival has been a hidden gem in the city for years, and thanks to social media, this event finally receives the attention it deserves. Even in winter city, it’s hard to have an annual winter event last 27 years. In fact, it is the oldest running winter festival in the city. No other winter festival in Edmonton brings together drama, art, sports, fire, ice, and fun like Silver Skate. The 2017 festival…

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Ice On Whyte Festival Back for Canada 150

Ice On Whyte Festival Back for Canada 150

Ice On Whyte is Edmonton’s premier winter festival and hosts the only International Ice Carving Competition in the city. This year, the competition was moved up a day so that visitors can enjoy completed sculptures both Saturday and Sunday. Instead of completing Saturday at noon, competitions on both weekends will be completed Saturday at noon. After last year’s successful change in days of operation opening Thursdays through Sundays, the Ice On Whyte Festival returns this…

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Flying Canoe Festival

Flying Canoe Festival

The Flying Canoe Festival is a definite Yegventures pick for winter festivals to attend. It’s only in its 5th year, but it exceeded all expectations as being hands-down the most ‘Canadian’ festival in Edmonton. The Francophone-Metis influenced festival has its setting in Mill Creek Ravine and the French Quarter. La Cite in the French Quarter is one of two sites of the festival. Sleigh rides bring visitors to the ravine site where illuminating artist installations,…

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Lunar New Year & Fireworks At Muttart Conservatory

Lunar New Year & Fireworks At Muttart Conservatory

For at least the last three years, the Muttart Conservatory has opened their Lunar New Year show with a bang – literally. A fireworks show along with a day full of performances welcomed in the New Year. The exhibit itself was grand, with countless red lanterns lighting up the dark long evenings of Edmonton winters. The 2017 celebration of Year of the Rooster at Muttart Conservatory will be on February 4, 2017 from 4-8pm. Fireworks will…

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Deep Freeze Winter Festival

Deep Freeze Winter Festival

One of Edmonton’s newer winter festivals, Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival, is certainly one which will warm you to the Byzantine quite quickly. Here’s a video recap of the earliest Edmonton winter festival on the calendar year. It returns to Alberta Avenue January 14 – 15, 2017. 118th Ave will be closed from 90st to 94st for the duration of the festival. Here’s a map and a schedule of events.

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New Years Fireworks From Above

New Years Fireworks From Above

Yegventures has had the opportunity to view the Edmonton New Years Fireworks from Above for the last 6 years. The newest 2017 edition is now posted. Note in 2012, the fireworks were actually launched from behind City Hall. Since the construction of the Royal Alberta Museum, they have since been launched from on top of the Stanley Milner Library over Churchill Square. For the 2017 New Year’s Eve, there were two shows, one at 8:30pm for the…

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The Sunrises of Winter City Edmonton

The Sunrises of Winter City Edmonton

When one spends a quarter of their adult life behind a window pane, even unobstructed views of nature are sometimes seen as just another wall of the office cubicle, especially in winter. Fortunately in Edmonton, our long winter nights, coupled with a low solar angle, means that city dwellers have the opportunity to view long colourful sunrises on the commute to work and school. Having a perch with a million dollar view and starting work…

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