Ice Castles At The Forks: Winnipeg Winters Are Awesome

When you tell the kids you’re going to see the ice castles which they’ve watched being built since November and their reaction is to yell, “YAY!!!” and jump up for their snowpants, jackets, gloves, and scarves, you know you’ve hit on something awesome for the whole family.

We want you to WIN your way in so we’re sharing a few suggestions to help your Ice Castles experience be as magical as possible:

1. Purchase tickets ahead of time at here for Ice Castles at The Forks.
Your location should be WINNIPEG, then you can select the date you would like to attend, and the number of tickets you want to buy. Tickets can sell out quickly (especially for weekends), and purchasing your tickets ahead of time ensures that you will be able to attend the castle during your desired time slot. There are a limited number of standby tickets on site but these do not guarantee entrance.


2. Dress for winter! Today, on Friday, February 9, it was minus 26 degrees Celsius at the Forks and it felt like minus 36 degrees Celsius. The trick is to dress is layers. Wear an undergarment meant to keep you warm and wick moisture away from the body, ideally. Then layer warm clothes on top of this base layer. Winter boots are a must, especially because you will be on the snow and ice inside the ice castles. As we like to say in our house, it’s never too cold, it’s just about being dressed properly. Ensure the kids are bundled too. Please note: everything inside the Ice Castles is made of ice and snow, including the walking paths.



3. Leave the stroller at home. The walking surface in Ice Castles is like a beach with deep sand. It is extremely difficult to push a stroller around. We recommend bringing a small sled, or wearing your a baby in a baby carrier.


4.Best time to come: if you have young children, you will want to bring them during the day when it is a bit warmer. You also have the best opportunity for photos if you come during the day! If it’s date night you’re looking for or a more dramatic view of the ice castles, then night time might be your style. After dark, the ice castles are lit up with LED lights which makes for a gorgeous winter night experience perfect for grown-ups and older kids.


5. Stay and explore all there is at the Forks: Have you visited The Common yet? With food vendors and local brews on-tap there is something for the pickiest eater (mini-donuts can count as a meal, right?). The Red River Mutual Skating Trail is now open all the way to St. Vital Park–this means it’s the longest it’s ever been. You can rent skates at the Forks. Try this seasons various warming huts along the river trail. There is so much to do and celebrate in Winnipeg in winter–dress warmly and fall in love with this gorgeous snow-covered city with something for everyone.

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