Wrapped up in warm clothes and surrounded my even warmer people, I spent my Christmas and New Years Eve holidays in Edmonton, Canada. With snow up to your ankles (and further) and beautiful skies for as far as the eye can see, I truly felt like I was in a winter wonderland. It had been my first white Christmas in a long, long time. Chad’s family were kind enough to let me stay with them for two weeks in the lovely northern city of Edmonton. As flat as a map and as beautiful as a painting, there was so much to see and explore I could have stayed there so much longer.
On our first day there, Chad took me for a walk around and I had my very first Tim Hortons experience. Needless to say, I was not disappointed, the Tim Bits are the best! Such small balls of flavourful joy they are. Walking around, I noticed how different everything was compared to my small welsh village I call home. The roads were wider and trees spikier, but just as beautiful.
Meeting all of Chad’s friends was something I was particularly nervous about. I’m rather shy and I was terrified I would not understand all the board game we had planned to play. I needn’t have worried, however, for everyone was so lovely and I haven’t had so much fun just sitting around drinking tea and playing board games before. We ended up doing this on New Year’s Eve too, and it was a really great way to ring in the new year.
We also had the amazing opportunity to visit Chads old workplace where his friend was the previous executive chef. The food was out of this world; I never knew pasta could taste so good! I can now confirm that the kindness of Canadians is not exaggerated; they truly are welcoming.
We also went to see a hockey game and it was such a fun evening! A huge shout out to Chads brother who explained all the rules for me so I could understand. The Oil Kings won too, to make it all that more satisfying a game. Who knew men with sticks could be so violent?
While in Edmonton, we also went to the Ice Castle. It was the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long while. A huge fortress hand built from ice, the castle is a space for you to walk around and learn what it’s like to tip toe between comfort and frostbite. We even got to ride an ice slide, which was a little scary, but amazingly fun! Inside each mass of ice were lights that changed from blues to purples and back again. I felt like I had walked right into Narnia. It’s a very famous annual attraction in Edmonton, so if you’re ever in the area during the winter months, please do check it out.
The company was also pretty fantastic too if I do say so myself. And yes, all those layers were definitely needed.
When our time in Edmonton came to an end, we all felt the sadness. I have fallen in love with the big skies, niche shops and wonderful people that inhabit this northern city. With plans to visit briefly this summer, I am eager to see what beauty Canadian summers have in store.
Let me know in the comment section below if you have ever been to Canada? And if so, what did you think!
Until next time.