February 2018

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Welcome to February!  With freezing temps and an accumulation of snow in the last few weeks, it feels like winter has made a late grand entrance.  But that doesn’t slow our city down from embracing the season and hosting (or watching) some incredible events!  With the PyeongChang Olympics in full swing, outdoor events, skating trails, ice castles and our very own ’84/85 Edmonton Oilers being named "The Greatest Team" of all time, our city has plenty of action to indulge both outdoors and on TV.

One event in our area that is such a notable and worthy cause to be mentioned is the ’The Worlds Longest Hockey Game’. Organizer Brent Saik , along with 39 other players, will hit the ice for 10 days (Feb 9-19) of puck action in order to accomplish two main goals.  Set a world record and raise money.  Previous years saw funds raised in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Cross Cancer Institute.  This years game will go to the "Alberta Cancer Foundation to support Terry Fox Research Institute’s PROFYLE, a Canadian-led group of some of the top minds in pediatric cancer and gene sequencing that are committed to helping young children facing cancer."  The tradition began in 2003 after Saik lost his father to cancer, and in the years following years, the game has raised more than $3.4 million for an incredible cause.  If you would like to learn more, or donate in support, please click: HERE

We are so fortunate to play host to so many unique opportunities for locals to get out and explore the very best the season has to offer.  Here are a few things going on that will get you out and get you connected to our city:

Silverskate (FEB 9-19)  Try crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing or skating for the first time.  Take a sleigh ride, wander along the path of snow sculptures or indulge in mini donuts and kettle corn as you watch the magic of the fire sculptures.  This event is held at Hawrelak Park and is FREE to attend!

Ice Castle:  (Currently Open, Close date slated as Feb 28 but determined by weather)  25,000,000 with walls 10 feet thick is your average ice castle status!  Back for another season, the ice castle is a must for all ages.  With ice slides, a fountain and even real life frozen princesses, the castle is a feat of arctic art!

 

Skating Trails:  Lace up your skates for a fun loop on the popular Victoria Park or Rundle Park Iceways.  The Victoria Park Oval has been rated as one of the most scenic outdoor speed skating tracks in Canada!

Full Moon and New Moon Snowshoe Tours: (Feb 16-17)  Looking for something super unique?  Try a guided nighttime snowshoe tour at Elk Island Park with Haskins Canoe!

Winter Adventure Week:  (Feb 19-25) Also at Elk Island is a chance for families to enjoy live music, treats over the fire, snow games and more!

Red Bull Crashed Ice:  While this event doesn’t run until March 9-10, the progress on the track is already underway for the final showdown of the Ice Cross Downhill World Champions.  At $10 for a weekend pass, this is an affordable, family friendly event that will be jam packed with adrenaline and action!

​Whatever your plans for the month, we wish you a warm, fun filled time!  If you are using this time to join the housing market, our team of professionals is here to help you every step of the way.  We are pleased to offer you a complimentary market evaluation and provide those answers you need to ensure a successful transition.  If you know of someone thinking of buying or selling a home, we are never too busy, and always appreciate your referrals.

Sincerely,

The Brent MacIntosh Real Estate Team

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