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Ice Castles

January 1 - March 20

Step into the ultimate winter wonderland when you visit the giant Ice Castles in Hawrelak Park as part of Silver Skate Festival. This enchanting acre-sized castle is crafted by hand using only icicles and water. Venture through the stunning, Narnia-like display and snap a selfie at some favourite photo spots including the throne room, in front of the waterfall and throughout the winding ice maze.

The concept for Ice Castles was created when founder and Utah resident Brent Christensen attempted to build an ice cave for his daughter in the front yard of his home in Alpine, Utah. The project turned into a winter hit drawing crowds of locals to visit and tour his creation. Ice Castles has since turned into an internationally renowned tourist attraction. The Ice Castles are built by hand and takes thousands of man-hours to create. The daily process consists of growing 5,000 to 12,000 icicles that are harvested by hand and individually sculpted into existing ice formations. Newly placed icicles are then drenched with water. The blend of icicle placement, temperatures, water volume and wind result in an astonishing and ever-changing variety of ice formations.

For the fifth time in forever, the Ice Castles are coming to Canada, so don’t miss the opportunity to see this shimmering masterpiece!

Note: while construction is already underway, the official opening date for the Ice Castles is still to be determined. Check back soon for the official date!


January 1
March 20
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William Hawrelak Park
9330 Groat Rd
Edmonton, AB Canada
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