7 things to do in snowy Edmonton

Art Gallery of Alberta by Ken Jeong
There are plenty of ways to while the winter away in Edmonton, from cross-country skiing to serious shoe shopping

When winter is in full swing, take a snow day in Alberta’s capital and find inspiration in and around the city.

1. Get inspired

Get some visual inspiration at the Art Gallery of Alberta—inside and out. The structure itself is a mix of curvilinear and angular shapes with a 190-metre steel ribbon that mimics the winding North Saskatchewan River and Aurora Borealis.

2. Head to that river

Edmonton’s river valley network of trails, paths and parks is beloved and well-used by locals. The icy North Saskatchewan River and snow-kissed trees are a winter oasis in the midst of the city.

3. Shop on Whyte

Yes, there’s the well-known West Edmonton Mall but bypass the mega mall for some traditional window shopping on an actual street with some hipster appeal. “It” shoe emporium Gravity Pope started right here…

4. Visit the pyramids

Seriously. Edmonton boasts four of its own pyramids, albeit the glass variety filled with exotic plants. Feel humid heat and heady tropical scents while snow drifts pile up just outside the Muttart Conservatory.

5. Go back out to the river

This time strap on some nordic skis. That network of paths and parks means groomed cross-country ski trails in the winter. There’s even a Wednesday Night Social Ski with the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club.

6. Kick back at a local pub

Back on Whyte, after some intense shoe shopping, grab a pint at the Black Dog. Hang with the usual university crowd over a pint.

7. Have a local pint

When in Alberta…sample the local Big Rock brew. On tap at the Black Dog try Big Rock Gopher Lager, one of the brewery’s newest additions to its lineup of mostly ales. Our pick, though, remains an ale: Grasshopper Wheat Ale with its hints of apple, vanilla and cinnamon. Yum! Φ

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