The 2019 Edmonton Ice Castle opens today! I wanted to share the tips from last years’ Edmonton Ice Castle to help you prepare for your trip this year! It’s a beautiful winter experience when prepared properly for it.
— Originally posted Feb 26 2018 —
This afternoon I went exploring the Edmonton Ice Castle for the first time. I was really curious how a large structure of ice could be suitable for older adults.
Parking can be limited and it can be a little bit of a walk to the entrance. We purchased standby tickets so had to wait about 15 minutes before we could purchase tickets. There is no seating while waiting, so I’d strongly suggest advance purchasing tickets in order to guarantee there is availability to get in, as they often sell out before the end of day. All adults will sign a waiver before gaining entry.
There is only one row of portable washrooms outside the entrance. One is fully handicapped accessible. They did not look heated and none of us wanted to check it out as they did look chilly.
Once inside, the Ice Castle was breathtaking. So many areas where icicles are towering overhead. The ground is a mix sand and snow – so although not slippery, it is uneven surfaces and the build up does move under foot. You’ll want to wear warm and sturdy footwear. Dress warm as the temperature does drop once inside the Ice Castle.
There are some areas such as the maze that are narrow and not suitable for use with a walker. There are a couple spots to sit that are made of ice. If you want a photo at the Ice Thrown, it can be a bit of a standing wait.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
And lastly – be sure to go down the long ice slide. You get to sit on a magic carpet, and you’ll often find you are in the company of many other adults who are enjoying every moment of the slide. The staff are absolutely lovely and willing to help you get down at the start and help you get up at the end. Trust me, have some fun and enjoy a slide. I watched a group of about 3 older gentlemen having a lot of laughs and taking it all in.
There is not much time yet this year to take in the Ice Castle. As the weather warms it gets too dangerous to continue to be open. I’ll be looking forward to seeing next years’s castle!
Partially Walker Friendly
Portable Washrooms (1 handicapped accessible)
Purchase Tickets in Advance
Bring Camera (no tripods)
Go down the long slide
Additional Walking Aids for the snow· bring your walking poles for added stability
· Aolvo walk traction cleats and ice grips
· Sunmark 2 position ice pick for canes