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Get Ready for the Boardwalk Ice on Whyte Festival

We’re open Thursdays and Fridays from 2 pm to 10 pm and weekends from 10 am to 2 pm.

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The best festivals are the cold ones.

Boardwalk Ice on Whyte is delightfully fun-filled winter experience. When you visit the festival, you would find yourself surrounded by the best of winter. The International Ice Carving Competition is one of only three ice carving competitions in Canada. Be inspired and amazed as up to 10 teams of professional artists work to create jaw-dropping icy splendors.

This year the competition will be held in a tent to control the temperature and protect the sculptures from the outside environment. Be amazed by blocks of ice that have been transformed into masterpieces of art. After viewing the ice sculptures, take a shot at creating your own small ice carving in the inflatable igloo. The igloo will host L’il & Big Chipper classes for people of all ages. In the evening the festival grounds are lit with colourful accent lights. Visit the Ice Bar Tent for a locally crafted beverage and stroll around the park taking in this feast for your eyes.

Old Strathcona is participating in the festivities by hosting live music at Blues on Whyte and painting parties at the Artelier Studio. These activities will require a separate ticket purchase or registration aside from your Boardwalk Ice on Whyte ticket.


When is the Boardwalk Ice on Whyte Festival?

This winter festival runs from January 25 to 28 & February 1 to 4, 2018

  • Thursdays & Fridays – 2 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday – 10 am to 10 pm

Where is the Festival?

Boardwalk Ice on Whyte is located at Whyte Avenue and Gateway Blvd in Old Strathcona, Edmonton.

The Festival site is located in the heart of Old Strathcona, an arts and entertainment area that is filled with wonderful shopping, dining, theatre, live music and much more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For questions and concerns regarding ticket purchases, please contact tickets@iceonwhyte.ca

General Admission tickets are valid for any date of the festival.

Ticket Terms and Conditions:

  1. Ticket purchaser bears all risks of inclement weather
  2. Tickets are not transferable or redeemable for cash.
  3. Reproduction of tickets, whether printed or purchased online is not permitted.
  4. Unauthorized or unlawful resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation.
  5. Admission is subject to compliance with all laws, facility rules and event regulations.
  6. Ticket user assumes all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to the event.
  7. Tickets may not be used for advertising, promotion (including contests and sweepstakes) or other trade purposes without the express written consent of the promoter.
  8. No refunds and/or exchanges of tickets will be issued by the Ice on Whyte Festival Society.

Parking is available in the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market parking lot at Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and 85 Avenue

There are walkways throughout the park and pathways created in the snow. If you have someone with you to assist you, it should be fine.

The festival is presented by the Ice on Whyte Festival Society, a non-profit society. The festival does not offer discounts.

Does are not allowed on the Festival site.

Absolutely! There are amazing photo opportunities at Ice on Whyte. The carvings are lit up at night and are spectacular. We really appreciate when our guest share photos on social media. Please tag us @iceonwhyte and use the hashtag #iceonwhyte so we can show them off too.

The festival operates in a safe environment for all visitors. Each of the ice carvings in the competition area weighs over 2,000 kgs (4,500 lbs). Thank you for never crossing into the roped off area around the ice carvings at any time. Visitors who cross into the roped off carving areas will be dismissed from the park immediately.

Carving ice is made by a special process that freezes from the bottom up, so it’s perfectly clear. It is a fascinating process, visit our supplier, Ice Culture, and check out some of their videos.

Two semi loads of ice will be used. That’s 320 blocks of ice, 48,000 kg’s or 96,000 lbs of ice.

The ice comes from Ice Culture near Mississauga, Ontario. Ice Culture creates the best carving ice in Canada and it is one of the only large-scale carving ice manufacturing plants in the country.

The Ice on Whyte Festival is produced by an incredible production team that can accomplish pretty much anything, except control the weather. Over the past 12 years, weather conditions during the festival covered a range of -23 C to +12 C and remained open for all but 3 days. The ideal temperature would, of course, be -5 C and overcast for every day of the festival.

Beginning in 2018, the International Ice Carving Competition exhibit will be in a giant tent to keep the sculptures pristine for the duration of the festival.

Thank you for also remembering that the ticket purchaser bears all risks of inclement weather.

Admission

Adults $7
Children 2-12 years old $4
Under 2 free
Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children) $20

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Thursday & Friday 2 pm to 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 10 pm