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Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival

Get ready to shake up that cabin fever with some good ol’ fashioned outdoor fun! Jack Frost Presents Ice City Festival is back in Charlottetown Feb 4 – March 13. This winter festival was created last year in the midst of the pandemic and is designed to be a fun way to experience the best of Charlottetown winter in the safest way possible. Because we like to party AND play safe.

There are also lots of great hotel packages on so if you’ve been looking for an excuse to plan a little staycation in the city, this is it! Read on for more info on making the most out of Ice City 2022.

Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 14 Charlottetown Winter Waterfront | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle

1) Sugar Shacks (Every weekend Feb 11 – Mar 13)

Layer up! Take in Ice City’s Sugar Shack Weekends at the Charlottetown Beer Garden, Merchantman’s Next Door Patio, The Old Triangle, and The Pilot House are opening up their patios for five weekends from February 11 – March 13 and turning their outdoor spaces into figurative Sugar Shacks. Featuring firepits, photo ops, maple sugar sticks, seasonal and hand-held food & beverages along with entertainment and more! Entrance is free. Food and beverages at each location vary.

WHEN: Friday 5-9PM / Saturday 12-9PM / Sunday 12-5PM
WHERE: Charlottetown Beer Garden, Merchantman’s Next Door Patio, The Old Triangle, The Pilot House

2) Snowshoes After Dark (Fridays 6-8pm)

Bring your adventurous spirit and your flashlight and explore Victoria Park’s beautiful trails after dark! The Charlottetown Parks & Recreation Department will be at the Victoria Park Ball Field Clubhouse from 6:00PM – 8:00PM offering free snowshoe rentals. Drop by to pick up a pair and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. 

WHEN: Friday nights 6-8PM
WHERE: Victoria Park

3) UFIT, Ice City Style (Sundays 12pm)

Everyone’s favourite fitness instructor/politician Gord McNeilly leads a very special UFIT every Sunday during Ice City Festival! Come move and groove and feel all the good vibes. Free for all to attend! Physical distancing protocols in place.

WHEN: Every Sunday 12-1pm
WHERE: Outside Founders’ Food Hall & Market

Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 1 Sugar Shacks at Charlottetown Beer Garden | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle
Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 3 Snowshoeing in Victoria Park | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle
Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 2 UFIT with Gard McNeilly | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle

4) Ice City Art Installations

Enjoy public art around town during Ice City with the following installations: 

  • ‘Herd Community’ by Kelly Caseley, Pat Caron and Pat Brunet 

Herd of Wooden Cariboo // The shy woodland Cariboo descend from the North in search of winter feeding grounds; encouraged by the quiet deserted streets. Taking agency while on the brink of their own existential reckoning.

LOCATION: Confed Plaza and Founder’s Hall.

  • ‘No Two the Same’ by Brandon Hood, Pat Caron and Pat Brunet

Photo Installation // Snowflakes all follow slightly different paths from the sky to the ground. Along their way, they encounter unique pressures and influences that make no two the same.  Cut by hand with accidental joys, this creative project reminds us of the unique folds and turns in life that form who we are. Sometimes what is cut away is integral to the whole.

LOCATION: Founders’ Hall, Queen St. Kent St. Great George, Grafton.

  • ‘Winter Luminary’ by Pat Caron and Pat Brunet

6 Wood Lanterns // The lantern is an age old invention. It protects the source of light so that it may burn longer. They cast patterns to entrance us through the darker months.

LOCATION: Confed Plaza (corner of Victoria Row & Queen St)

Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 7 Herd Community Art Installation | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle

5) Horse & Wagon Rides (Every weekend Feb 4 – Mar 13)

Enjoy a traditional horse and wagon ride throughout the historic streets of downtown Charlottetown with Emerald Isle Carriage Tours (Feb 4-6 and Feb 11-13) and Great Northern Adventures (Feb 18-20, Feb 25-27 and March 4-6)! Rides will be available by walk-up only and cash only ($5 pp, under 2 free). Masks and Vax passes are mandatory and you must sit with your bubble.

WHEN: Friday 5-8PM / Saturday 12-5PM / Sunday 12-5PM
WHERE: Founders’ Food Hall

6) Glow in the Snow with Mel Martell (Wednesdays 7-8pm)

Join Mel Martell from Stride for a super-fun, glow-in-the-dark choreographed fitness class. Suitable for all experience and fitness levels. No equipment or mats required. Meet Mel outside of Founders’ Food Hall & Market. Glow sticks provided. Get fit to the beat!

WHEN: Wednesdays 7-8PM
WHERE: Founders’ Food Hall

7) Skating Under the Stars ft. DJ Dekz at Founders’ Rink (Saturdays 6-9pm)

Get those skates sharpened because Founders’ Hall Rink is going to be BUMPING with live music by DJ Dekz – good vibes every Saturday night during Ice City! Round up your pals and come on down for some good ol’ fashioned fun under the stars.

WHEN: *Saturdays 6-8pm (Feb 12 – Mar 5)
WHERE: Founders’ Food Hall Rink

*There will be a special one-off event Sunday, Feb 6 from 6-8pm

Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 6 Horse & Wagon Rides | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle
Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 4 Ice Skating at Founder's Food Hall & Market | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle
Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 5 Glow in the Snow with Mel Martell | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle

8) Snowman Building in Hillsborough Square (Saturdays 12-2pm)

Time to get creative! Snowbuilder Pat Caron will be constructing some funky snowmen in Hillsborough Square every Saturday from 12:00-2:00 pm. Come check it out and join in on the fun! No preregistration is required. Participation is free and open to all ages. Please stay within your bubble. 

WHEN: Saturdays 12-2PM
WHERE: Hillsborough Square

9) DJs on the Plaza (Sundays 12-5pm)

Let the beats boost your mood while you’re out and about on Sundays during Ice City with music from DJ Dekz on the Confederation Centre Plaza. Dancing while walking by is highly encouraged!

WHEN: Sundays 12-5PM
WHERE: Confederation Centre Plaza

10) Flow in the Snow with Charlottetown Yoga (Saturdays 11:30am)

Discover Charlottetown presents Flow in the Snow, a refreshing, unique + FREE way to experience winter in Charlottetown! Join the Charlottetown Yoga Space’s certified instructors for outdoor yoga every Saturday at 11:30am at Founders’ Food Hall from Jan 15 – Mar 19 (weather permitting). Most of the time will be spent exploring active yoga poses to keep the body warm from the inside out. All ages and abilities are welcome! No mat required. Please dress for the weather.

WHEN: Saturdays at 11:30AM
WHERE: Outside Founders’ Food Hall

Snowman Building in Connaught Square Snowman Building
Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 8 'Snoga' | Photo Credit: Red Headed Roamer
Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 9 DJ on the Plaza | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle

11) Ice Carving Demos (Saturdays 12-5pm)

Watch frosty creations come to life before your very eyes! Ice sculptor extraordinaire Avalanche Kid will be on hand every Saturday starting Feb 12 during Ice City Festival to spark your curiosity with his custom ice carvings.

WHEN: Saturdays 12-5pm
WHERE: Confederation Centre Plaza

12) Fat Biking at Vic Park 

Learn to fat bike the safe and fun way! Join us at Victoria Park in Charlottetown this winter for beginner fat bike lessons with Meridian63º MTB. This one-hour introductory class will take you on a slow-paced, guided ride through the beautiful Victoria Park trail network. Your registration will cover everything you need to ride; you just need to arrive ready to have a great time!

Dates: February 26th & March 5th
Times: 10am, 11am and 12pm sessions
Location: Victoria Park
Price: $35 + HST per person

13) Staycation in the City

Experience the magic of Charlottetown when she’s dressed in her wintery best! Many of our lovely accommodation partners have special winter packages on and are excited to make all your staycation dreams come true.

Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 12 Ice Sculpture on the Plaza | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle
Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 10 Fat Biking | Photo Credit: Meridian63º MTB
Charlottetown Winter Festival: A Handy Guide to Ice City Festival 11 Staycation in Charlottetown | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle

14) Winter Wine Tastings at John Brown Grille

Explore the flavour of France and enjoy 3, 3oz wine pours free with the purchase of a meal with sommelier Lesley Quinn of Stellar Somm at John Brown Grille. Thursday, March 3 at 7PM.

Call to make a reservation at (902) 370-4040. A 19+ event. Vax pass and government issued photo ID required for entry.

15) Oracle Card Readings with Jenn Florence

Pop-in and refresh your soul this winter with an oracle card reading! Done by Jenn Florence, an Intuition Specialist and Energy Worker.

February 23rd 5-8PM at John Brown Grille (free w/ purchase of meal)
AND
February 26th 12-3PM at Green Eye Designs (drop-ins welcome)

5 Unique Dining Experiences in Charlottetown 4 John Brown Grille | Photo Credit: Jenna Rachelle

And there you have it – grab your warmest winter jacket and hit the town! Check out the Ice City schedule of events here. Need a place to stay? Check out our amazing selection of accommodations. Curious what else to do around Charlottetown? Don’t miss a beat over on our events page.

“Jack Frost presents Ice City” is a project of Capital City Events and its partners, including Discover Charlottetown, the City of Charlottetown, the Hotel Association of Prince Edward Island, Special Events Reserve Fund, and Downtown Charlottetown Inc.

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