WEEKEND WINTER ITINERARY
Little Brick is a charming cafe in an old brick house built in 1903 in the heart of the river valley. It's the former family home of J.B. Little, the owner of the brickyard that used to call the area home and provided bricks to Edmonton's most historical buildings (a replica of J.B. Little's Brickyard is set up on 1920 street at Fort Edmonton Park). The house is now a cafe, general store and event space with offices upstairs.
Skating at Hawrelak Park
William Hawrelak Park (originally Mayfair Park) is a 68 hectare park in the river valley featuring a 5 hectare lake and open meadows. The park hosts several major festivals and events throughout the year and is a fantastic location for all Edmontonians and visitors to explore. Skate Rentals available.
Visit the Ice Castles
Step into the ultimate winter wonderland when you visit the giant Ice Castles. 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 favorite photo spots including the throne room, in front of the waterfall and throughout the winding ice maze.
Dinner at Uccellino
Uccellino is a modern trattoria and stand-up bar that serves simple Italian food. Our dishes highlight the qualities of distinct ingredients, whether they are imported from Italy or produced locally. Our wine list is exclusively Italian and is designed to complement our food. Chef Daniel Costa also owns Bar Bricco and Corso 32 (next to Uccellino).
Snowshoe at Elk Island National Park
Less than an hour’s drive from a capital city a million people strong is a place of quietness, where pristine starry skies shine next to city lights. Elk Island National Park has higher densities of hoofed mammals per square kilometer than any other area in the world, and is the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation story. Snowshoe rentals are available from the Visitors Center at Elk Island National Park.
Lunch and brew at Situation Brewing
Situation Brewing Company, located in the heart of Old Strathcona, is a fully functioning microbrewery. They are dedicated to crafting a rotating line up of exciting beers, all brewed onsite. Pop in for a brewery tour, a pint, or a meal in the attached restaurant with views of the the brewers hard at work.
Explore the Royal Alberta Museum
The new Royal Alberta Museum is the largest museum in Western Canada and a welcome addition to Edmonton’s Arts District. The architecture of the building reflects Alberta’s diversity of landscapes and culture. New galleries in both the natural and human history wings will tell Alberta's incredible archaeological and cultural stories, from changing landscapes to First Peoples to where we are today.
Art Gallery of Alberta
With a swirling exterior of zinc, glass and steel inspired by Edmonton’s unique northern environment – its silver colour reflect the shimmering, multi-coloured Aurora Borealis – the Art Gallery of Alberta exudes creativity even from the outside. With a collection of over 6,000 objects, the AGA is a Western Canadian centre of excellence for visual arts offering original contemporary and historical exhibitions from Alberta, across Canada and around the world throughout three bright and airy floors of viewing space.
Dinner at Biera
The restaurant co-exists within Ritchie Market with local coffee superstar Transcend, butcher shop Acme Meat Market, and new-kid-on-the-block brewery Blind Enthusiasm. The menu features beautiful fresh Alberta ingredients from local farms and pairs beautifully with the brews from Blind Enthusiasm.
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