Three months into 2018—can you believe we’re already a quarter through the year? They say that March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” but I can’t say that that expression is reflected in the photos I captured this month. You can still feel that winter chill in the air and see the snow on the ground, despite the days getting longer and the fact that we’ve technically entered spring. Such is life when you live in the northernmost major city in North America, I suppose.
Minor complaints aside, March was still a pretty month to photograph, with the aftermath of fresh snow yielding some of my favourite shots. Here’s your monthly look back at March in #YEG:
You’re missing out on winter if you’ve never been to an ice castle.
Only three seasons after Ice Castles LLC (based out of Utah) first brought their glacial creations up north, it’s hard to imagine an Edmonton winter being quite as magical without them. Whether you love or hate this time or year, visiting the castles are bound to leave you with a greater appreciation of the season (you have sub-zero temperatures to thank for the ice castles’ existence), and/or a little more inspiration to tolerate those last few months of cold.
And if you happen to walk away feeling neither—well, at the least, you’re guaranteed to come away with some Instagram-worthy photos. Here’s a look back at some of mine:
Ice Castles Edmonton 2017/2018 version, November 2017:
Ice Castles Edmonton 2017/2018 version, end of February 2018:
Ice Castles Edmonton 2016/2017 version, January 2017:
Using water from the North Saskatchewan River and taking 5000 man hours spread over 8-10 weeks to create, the castles stand in Hawrelak Park for two to three long months of winter ending around mid-March. Best time of the day to go? Just before sunset, on a day with clouds (the difference is clear between last year’s visit and this year’s visit). I hear night time is also supposed to be pretty spectacular, but I can’t speak from personal experience. Fingers crossed the Ice Castles crew comes back to Edmonton next year as I’d love to return for an evening visit!
A handful of other cities across North America (and one in New Zealand!) have had ice castles—have you been to one? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!
This post has been written in the spirit of “Out of This World”, the theme of a weekly photo challenge set by the editors at WordPress.com.
We’re two months into 2018 now which means the worst of this season’s winter weather should be behind us, fingers crossed! I had fewer opportunities than usual to shoot photos, but sticking with my goal of posting a monthly #YEG lookbook, I put together some views from the River Valley, the Flying Canoe Volant festival, the Ice District, Whitemud Ravine, and the Ice Castles. Enjoy this month’s look back at February in Edmonton:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Festival of Trees kicks off the holiday season this weekend at the Shaw Conference Centre, getting young and old alike into the festive spirit.
Fun fact: since the festival’s inception in 1985, 1675+ trees have been decorated and 83 750+ Christmas ornaments have been hung!
The snow is here to stay in Edmonton with what can only be colder weather to come. On the bright side, the city is looking like a gorgeous and serene winter wonderland! Here’s your look back at this month in #yeg from locations primarily spanning Capilano, Louise McKinney Park, Hawrelak Park, and other locations along the River Valley:
To see more of this month’s fall freeze along the North Saskatchewan River, see this lookbook.