Winter in Alberta brings crisp air, snow-covered landscapes, and a host of festive events to enjoy. From ice sculptures and light displays to dog sledding and snowshoeing, there is something for everyone to experience during the winter months. Whether you’re a local looking for a new way to celebrate the season, or a visitor seeking a unique adventure, Alberta’s winter festivals offer a range of activities and entertainment to suit all interests.
Alberta is always bumpin’ with different festivals throughout the year, and winter is no different! Save this list and start planning your winter festival tour.
When: Jan 18 -29, 2023
Location: Various locations
Experience Banff and Lake Louise coming alive this winter for Snow Days! There will be art galleries, giant snow sculptures, skijoring, dog sledding, skating, sleigh rides, and so much more to do and see!
When: Feb 18 -20, 2023
Location: Alberta Beach, Lac St. Anne
This high-speed event is a fun-filled weekend event dedicated to all things motorized, and non-motorized. Snowmobiles are the main event, but there is also an ATV rally, broom ball, over-the-line softball, ice breaker, hay rides, food vendors, and more!
When: Jan 21 -22, 2023
Location: Alberta Avenue, 118 AVE, 90 – 94 Street, Edmonton
Deep Freeze Festival celebrates Ukrainian, French Canadian, Franco-African, Indigenous (Métis, Inuit, Cree), Latin American, and Asian cultures through light installations, ice sculptures, cultural stories, street hockey, and annual Deep Freezer races, and more.
When: Feb 10- 20, 2023
Location: William Hawrelak Park, 9930 Groat Road, Edmonton
The Silver Skate Festival is the longest-running winter festival in Edmonton! Skate the massive pond, marvel at the artistic displays, sample culinary delights, and be in awe of the amazing fire sculptures.
There are so many amazing things to do in Alberta in the winter! From the winter festivals to skiing, tubing, snowboarding, going on winter hikes, ice climbing, and so much more, there is always a fun winter date around the corner!
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