Fun local activities for a safe winter season


Fun local activities for a safe winter season

Strathcona County’s annual holiday season has kicked-off!

With more and more of us staying home for the holidays, it’s important to feel the joy the season brings. There are many festive outdoor activities available for families to enjoy in Strathcona County.

Due to the latest provincial gathering and event restrictions in place, the Celebration of Lights event was postponed but you still take in the LED Christmas tree, lights, and soundtrack throughout the holidays. The display is at Festival Place daily from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Don’t forget to tune into 103.3 FM during your drive for the LED tree soundtrack.

You can also celebrate with at home with activities; and don’t forget to get your loved ones involved at home and virtually! These activities are perfect for intergenerational family time. They include a reindeer ornament craft, Santa letter template and colouring sheet and more.

For links to these activities visit www.strathcona.ca/col

Strathcona County is excited to invite you to enjoy new cross-country ski tracks, snowshoeing, walking, and tobogganing fun at the Broadmoor Public Golf Course this winter season. Ready for mid-December (weather dependent), cross-country skiing at the golf course will be a free activity available for all to enjoy. Residents are also welcome to walk, toboggan, and snowshoe throughout the course. Washrooms will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and are located on the exterior of the Broadmoor Clubhouse. The golf course is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. for daily use.

Another way to have fun this winter is to participate in the many other free Strathcona County outdoor opportunities!

  • Crokicurl is new this year and you can enjoy this unique outdoor sport from Dec. 1- 14 (weather pending), at the Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion. Available 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. on weekends
  • Go skating at numerous outdoor rinks, skating pathways, and skating tracks through Strathcona County. There are also 10 toboggan hills to have fun on! To keep up to date on hills and rinks, visit strathcona.ca/outdoorrinks. For your safety, please remember to stay off the stormwater ponds.
  • Over the Christmas holidays there will be fire pits and activities at outdoor skating pathways.
  • Watch for information on interpretive walks led by staff at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre at various trails.
  • Find some unique trails in Strathcona County such as Riverside Nature Trail, Biodiversity Trail, and the Sherwood Park Natural Area.
  • Check out Broadmoor Lake Park and Centre in the Park for Winter Festival Lighting and the neat LED trees.
  • There are many cross-country ski trails to check out in the county; for more information visit: ca/xcski
  • Strathcona County has 10 toboggan hills that they maintain.

Stay tuned to find out even more activities you and your family can do over the holiday season.

Visit www.strathcona.ca/freerecreation for more information and keep checking back for updates.

With COVID-19 actives cases on the rise, it’s imperative you know the Government of Alberta guidelines for the area you live in. Keep up to date on all public health orders, practice good hygiene, keep physically distanced and monitor your symptoms. We are under enhanced measures and restriction changes could be weekly. Sign up to receive notifications www.alberta.ca/covid-19-status-notification.aspx

All Strathcona County opportunities are subject to change pending gathering restrictions and public health guidance.

Have fun and stay safe!

Katie Berghofer is a first term councillor representing Ward 8. To sign up to receive her e-newsletter online, visit strathcona.ca/ward8



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