Annual skate festival returning to Edmonton

January 7, 2018 by  

The Silver Skate Festival will return next month providing competitive outdoor winter sports and recreation.

Known as Edmonton’s longest operating midwinter event, the Silver Skate Festival will mark its 28th celebration this year. The festival was originally designed in 1990 for the Dutch tradition of passion for the beauty of winter and its’ popular sports and activities. Recent event features also include a focus on the city’s unique art and culture.

Registration for some of the 2018 events is open now, including favorites like the Edmonton Winter Triathlon, traditional skate races, and snowshoe races. Registration for other events such as the FatBike Fest, Kortebaan Races and the Dead Cold Run will be opening soon.

This year’s festival will be held from Friday, February 9 to Monday, February 19. The complete 2018 schedule of events is available for download on the Silver Skate Festival website. Calendars and brochures may also be available at the park during the festival.

William Hawrelak Park (originally Mayfair Park) will once again be hosting the event. The 68-hectare park is located at 9330 Groat Road.

The Silver Skate Festival offers free admission to adults and children. To keep the event free year after year, everyone is asked to make a donation. Volunteer Silver Skate Villagers will accept donations during the event, in addition to several bins that will be located throughout the park.

Last year’s event was the biggest ever, with over 85,000 Edmonton residents in attendance.