Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Winter Bucket List

It's January 26th in Edmonton and it's...RAINING!! What the what?!? Ok, I'm sure this has happened before but it's kind of blowing my mind, and it's supposed to go up to 8 degrees on Thursday. Anyways, the beautiful and mild weather we've been having has made me (very much a cold weather hater) want to embrace winter and get out and do things. 

Here's what I want to get to before spring shows it's pretty face. 


Image credit: icecastles.com

1. The Edmonton Ice Castle
I've seen so many pictures of the ice castle and really can't wait to go and see it for myself. It's cheaper if you buy tickets online before you go and also cheaper if you go during the week instead of on the weekend. Now just to decide whether to go during the day or at night...or maybe right at dusk and get the best of both worlds. 


Image credit: The Freezeway Pilot

2. The Edmonton Freezeway
Being able to explore the Freezeway pilot project down in Victoria Park is pretty much the only reason I got skates this year. I love the idea of encouraging people to get outside and be active in the winter but I'm not sure I'm sold on extending the project so people can skate to work. Either way though, I'll take it and am actually excited to go skating for the first time since I was a kid. The Freezeway is open from 10am until 10pm daily and is free. 



3. Swing 'n Skate Sundays
To keep with the skating theme, City Hall is hosting Swing 'n Skate Sundays from 1pm to 4pm throughout January and February. You can check out swing dancing inside or skating outside and local bands will be playing each week. There's no charge to attend and they even have free skate rentals if you don't have your own. 



4. Flying Canoe Volant
Head on down to Mill Creek Ravine between 6pm and 10pm and La Cite Francophone from 6pm until 12pm on February 5th and 6th to check out the Flying Canoe Festival. There will be lots of activities including light displays in the ravine, live music, and a winter patio. 



5. Edmonton Oil Kings Game
We've been to a couple of Oilers games this year but haven't made it out to watch the Oil Kings yet. I definitely want to catch a couple of games before their seasons over. Tickets are so reasonably priced and it's really good hockey...they're actually sitting in a playoff spot right now, which is more than you can say about the Oilers. 

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