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Edmonton Silver Skate Festival- 02.18.15

snow0.jpg This post is part of our special NOTCOT Alberta Great Escape series thanks to our friends at Travel Alberta. In Part I, we roadtripped up from LA for a fall adventure. In Part II, we are experiencing all that Alberta Winter has to offer! Follow the series to see what inspires us along the way!

When i think winter and snow - first things that pop to mind are skating on a frozen pond and making a snowman. So when we first got in to Alberta for this Winter adventure, it seems only appropriate to start things off at the Silver Skate Festival in Edmonton at Hawrelak Park - and on Family Day no less! The free festival was a plethora of all things winter fun - so many families skating together on the frozen lake (even pulling each other on sleds across it), bundled up kids running around through snow mazes and sliding down ice slides, beautiful huge snow sculptures, snow blocks you could move and build forts out of… and watch out for the dogsleds coming around the lake! (FYI, that ringing bell, isn’t a bike behind you - the dogs are coming! Learned that one fast!) In addition to all the demos (from blacksmithing to curling and more) there was live music in a few spots, ongoing performances, and even a zombie 5k and triathlon. With an incredible staff of volunteers and supporters, Silver Skate Festival is now in its 25th year and still free for all to enjoy. It’s hard not to love the snow with such a vibrant, energetic festival! Take a peek on the next page for my highlights…

How great is their 25th anniversary logo? snow9.jpg

… and such fun poster graphics! snow8.jpg

It was surreal to park and walk around the lake everyone was skating on to get to the main area of the festival… and then to hear a bell, turn to see who i was moving for, and have a team of DOGSLEDS behind me! My first dog sled encounter - and I can’t wait to go on one even more now! snow1.jpg

Fun signage reminds you of what that skating rink really is… snow2.jpg

The snow sculptures were huge! Teams from around the world came in to create these beautiful pieces. Here are a few of my favorites!

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