edmonton ice castles

Canada is getting these surreal ice castles this winter and you can go inside

One of the coolest and most photogenic winter activities in the country is coming to Edmonton.

The city's Hawrelak Park will become home to some interactive, otherworldly ice castles that are assembled by hand.

Specialized ice artists painstakingly create the structures from hundreds and thousands of custom-grown icicles, arranged into rooms that feature slides and tunnels, sculptures, waterfalls and fountains, LED light installations, thrones and more.

Basically, a very insta-worthy labyrinthine winter wonderland made of ice.

Edmonton's one-acre attraction is the first of its kind in Canada and one of six total from the award-winning Ice Castles brand this year. The others are located in Utah, Wisconsin, Colorado, Minnesota and New Hampshire.

The returning frigid feature is perfect for all ages, whether its for a kids' play date or a romantic date night. It has no set opening day yet, but should be ready for the public soon.

It will be open for adventuring Monday to Friday from 11 p.m. to 9 p.m., with extra-long hours on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 10 p.m.) and Sundays (noon - 8 p.m.). Tickets range from $10.99 in advance for a child on a weekday to $20 if purchased at the gate for an adult.

Lead photo by

Krissy L

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