Winter Activities

Now Open

The City is excited to announce:

  • The NEW freezeway at Lions Park is now open. Please follow all rules onsite as you enjoy this new amenity.
  • Lacombe Lake is now open for skating! Be aware that the surface is a little bumpy, so please use caution. Before using the lake, please review the guidelines and safety information when using City ice surfaces. Learn more

No hockey, ringette, shinny

To comply with the provincial public health measures announced on December 8, 2020, games of hockey, ringette or shinny or any other activity that brings users within close contact (under two metres) on outdoor boarded rinks or social ice surfaces are not permitted. Community Peace Officers have been empowered to stop these games and activities should they take place. If the games continue, the users will be asked to leave. If they refuse to leave, the users will be fined.

The City made the decision to keep outdoor boarded rinks and social ice surfaces open as a service to residents for their enjoyment and to provide an additional opportunity for outdoor recreation. If participants respect the rules, other users and staff, the outdoor boarded rinks and social ice surfaces will remain open. If compliance with the rules is poor, the outdoor boarded rinks and social ice surfaces may be closed.

Users themselves will determine whether the City keeps these facilities open and maintained or not.

Outdoor rinks can be enjoyed by individuals or by groups of 10 or fewer people skating together. 

We encourage each participant to limit their ice time to 60 minutes to give others a chance to use the rink or ice surface.

There are no change or warming shacks at any outdoor skating venues; skaters should come dressed for the weather and ready to lace up.

The City of St. Albert actively maintains many outdoor recreation amenities for individuals and families to use throughout the winter including outdoor ice surfaces, toboggan hills, trails and cross-country ski trails (in partnership with St. Albert Nordic).  

With increased outdoor recreation activities and users, it is very important that users follow proper etiquette and public health measures

Outdoor rinks have the following rules to align to public health measures

  • Outdoor rinks can be enjoyed by individuals or by groups of 10 or fewer people skating together. The boarded rinks and social ice surfaces have maximum capacities of total people allowed to skate at each location. Please follow all posted capacity limits while enjoying the ice surfaces this winter. Visit Outdoor Skating & Ice Conditions for more details on capacity limits.
  • Maintain at least two metres physical distance from all other users.
  • If the outdoor rinks are too crowded to keep two metres physical distance from others, please come back at another time.
  • No hockey, ringette, or shinny
  • Sticks and pucks are allowed for skills practice.
  • Bathroom access at outdoor recreation areas will be limited outside this winter with portable toilets available at select sites.
  • Each participant should limit their ice time to 60 minutes to give others a chance to use the rink or ice surface.

The new freezeway at Lions Park is now open. Please follow all rules onsite and provincial public health measures as you enjoy the new amenity.

Lions Park Freezeway Jan 2021   Lions Park Freezeway Jan 2021

Cross country skiing trails:

  • Available in Kingswood Park, Riverlot 56 and along the river.
  • The cross-country skiing trails are for cross-country skiing only.
  • Maintain at least two metres physical distance from all users.
  • Please walk, run and bike on the side.
  • Keep dogs off the tracks, on leash, and pick up pet waste immediately.

Tobogganing:

  • Enjoy tobogganing at Fountain Park, Grosvenor Park, Liberton Park, Mission Park and Napoleon Park.
  • This amenity can be used by individuals or by groups of 10 or fewer people.
  • Maintain at least two metres physical distance from all users.
  • If the hill is too crowded to keep two metres physical distance from others, please come back at another time.
  • Please ensure you follow all rules for the safety of others or you may be subject to a provincial fine starting at $1,000.

Snowshoeing:

  • Enjoy snowshoeing through Coalmine Park, Rotary Park through Riel Recreation Park, Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, Riverlot 56 and many more areas.
  • Maintain at least two metres physical distance from all users.

Running, Walking, Biking:

  • The City of St. Albert has a beautiful trail system that winds over 99 kilometres and stretches down the river valley connecting to the city's major parks, neighbourhoods, and urban areas.
  • Explore the trails by walking, running or biking throughout the winter.

Please remember to keep physically distanced (2m) while enjoying the outdoors. Stay safe while visiting St. Albert’s outdoor facilities by knowing and following all public health measures.

Trail Etiquette

  • The groomed cross-country skiing trails are for cross-country skiing only.
  • Keep dogs off the tracks, on leash, and pick up pet waste immediately and always carry a means of picking up after your pet. Read more about all the dog guidelines.

Ice Safety

Residents are cautioned to stay off stormwater management facilities, rivers, lakes, and ponds throughout the city as they are not safe for walking or skating on; especially during milder temperatures. Learn more about ice safety.

Last edited: January 15, 2021