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The Making of The IceWay
Victoria Park IceWay
The Victoria Park IceWay is a three-loop skating trail wrapping through the majestic forests of Victoria Park offering visitors a magical and enchanted 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
Can't make it to Victoria Park IceWay? Take a virtual tour and see what you're missing!
Rundle Park IceWay
With just under 2 km of ice, the Rundle Park IceWay is the newest additon to the IceWay family. Featuring a shinny pond, a large table land ice skating surface and a smaller family rink this IceWay is connected to picnic shelters and warming huts for a enjoyable, family friendly skating experience in the River Valley.
Hours and Access
Public Skating hours dawn to dusk
Parking will be available in the main Family Centre parking lot or the ACT parking lot
Can't make it to Rundle Park IceWay? Take a virtual tour and see what you're missing!
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 huts 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.
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.