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The Making of The IceWay

The Victoria Golf Course skating trail is called IceWay and it features a three-loop skating trail wrapping through the majestic forests of Victoria Park offering visitors a magical winter experience in the heart of downtown Edmonton.

Hours and Access

  • Public Skating hours 10am to 10pm daily

  • Parking will be available in the Victoria Park main parking lot, Victoria Park east lot, and at the Victoria Golf Course
  • During Victoria Oval ice closures, the IceWay will not be accessible from the Victoria Oval for ice maintenance and Edmonton Speed Skating Association's reserved skate times

The Local Warming Movement

Local Warming is all about embracing Edmonton's winter! By placing warming huts strategically throughout the River Valley, the aim is to help Edmontonians reconnect with their community, the city and nature, year-round.  Currently, there are two warming hut's located at either end of the IceWay that provide shelter from the elements, while allowing citizens to enjoy the outdoors.

How do Warming Hut's Work?

  • The huts gather and retain heat from the sun using passive solar principles for heating - like a greenhouse! This means that they can gather and retain heat from the sun without the need for electricity.
  • The huts' main windows are oriented south so that they capture the heat and retain it in the thermal mass of their concrete floors, and their insulation prevents the heat from escaping.

The IceWay's Local Warming Pilot Project was created by Danielle Soneff, an Edmonton-based designer, and funded by the City of Edmonton's WinterCity Strategy.

Have your say or share your thoughts at #yegwarminghuts

History of the IceWay

The idea of a downtown, “skate-to-work” Freezeway originated with Matt Gibbs, a landscape architect and former Edmontonian who envisioned an ice path for commuters. Matt’s design, which was also his Master’s thesis, won the top prize in the COLDSCAPES International Urban Design competition.

In 2015, the City of Edmonton was able to support Matt’s vision by providing a suitable location and the operational staff and resources to pilot the "Freezeway" at Victoria Park with a twist of being a recreational ice surface rather than a commuting ice surface. The resulting Freezeway Pilot Project, in Victoria Park, was a busy and popular spot in late 2015 and early 2016. The City would not have moved forward with a skating trail in Victoria Park without Matt’s inspiration and dedication to his original, innovative concept. We are grateful for his passion and his dedication to making Edmonton a great winter city.

Hours

Daily Park Hours 5am-11pm
Victoria Park Pavillion Daily Hours 9am-10pm
Victoria Park Oval* 10am-10pm
Victoria Park IceWay 10am-10pm

*See Victoria Park Oval for ice closures.

Location

IceWay Skating Trail
Edmonton, Alberta

For More Information

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca

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