Looking for something fun to do this winter? Or just obsessed with the movie Frozen? Drop by your nearest Ice Castles location to experience winter at its finest: with 250,000,000 million pounds of hand placed icicles in the form of a gigantic castle-slash-maze. Check out our video of this incredible experience below. Or keep scrolling for more information.
Who doesn’t love ice castles? When we found out that someone had actually taken the time to sculpt and create a gigantic ice castle in William Hawreluk Park in Edmonton, we had to make the 3 hour drive to go see it.
Not from Alberta? There are now 5 different locations open across North America:
- Midway, Utah
- Dillon, Colorado
- Stillwater, Minnesota
- Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Lincoln, New Hampshire
- Edmonton, Alberta
Formed from over 250 million pounds of hand placed icicles, this incredible attraction took between 8 and 10 weeks to put together. The builders are constantly working against the elements to put this castle together, and you can certainly see how much work has gone into it.
In order to visit the ice castles you have to book a time slot online in advance. Of course you can purchase standby tickets but the wait for those can sometimes be very long and it’s not advised. Also, just because you visit a 5:00-5:30pm time slot doesn’t mean your stay is limited to 30 minutes. Once inside, you can stay for as long as you like, and there’s plenty to explore. The Edmonton creator, Brent Christensen, has designed the castles intricately – they include tunnels, caves, walkways, ice slides, and even an area with a bonfire to warm your hands up. We kept walking and walking once we got inside… these ice castles are huge! From the looks of it, they are actually still expanding the castles and they’re open until March 2018.
Tickets can be booked at the Ice Castle official website.
Ice Castle Ticket Prices:
Adults: $17/$20 (Weekday vs Weekends)
Ice Castle Hours:
Monday-Thursday (4pm-9pm) | Friday: (4pm-10pm)
Saturday: (11am-10pm) | Sunday: (12pm-8pm)
(Closed Tuesday’s) – Except during The Silver Skate Festival
Some advice when visiting Ice Castles Edmonton:
– dress very warmly! This is obviously not an indoor attraction and if you’d like your visit to last, make sure you come equipped with boots, hats, gloves and possible even snow pants if you’ve got kids.
– at night the ice castles come alive with thousands of LED lights but it’s still DARK inside. Make sure your camera can handle low light (my iphone and other smartphones certainly couldn’t) or have it on a night mode setting.
– the e-tickets might give you the address “9330 Groat Road” but if you put this into your smartphone it will take you to the wrong place. Type in “William Hawreluk Park” instead.
– there is a HUGE parking lot and turnover is obviously quite quick so there’s no need to look for parking on the street.
– the line-up could potentially be very long when you arrive but don’t be discouraged because we got let in within a matter of minutes.
– check Groupon for ticket deals which pop up occasionally.
Most of all, HAVE FUN! This is one of the coolest (haha) winter experiences in Alberta.
Visit www.icecastles.com/Edmonton for more info
Looking for more things to do in Winter in Alberta? Why not check out our post on 20 things to do in Banff in Winter, or ‘10 Winter wonders you just have to see this winter‘ for more ideas.