New to our river valley for winter 2021/22, YEG Valley Domes provide a space to lace up skates or enjoy a picnic.

The domes are not heated, but still offer a cozy respite from the winter breezes. They block the wind and allow the sun to shine in and warm up pink noses. They’re even lit for evening use! They’re not bookable and are available on a first come, first served basis.

We’d love to see pics of you using them! Share on social media with the hashtag #YEGValleyDomes

Times & Locations

The domes are open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily at:

  • Rundle Park by the west entrance to the IceWay
  • Victoria Park near the oval ice surface
  • William Hawrelak Park next to Ice Surface 2

COVID-19 Restrictions

Domes are not bookable and are limited to one family or cohort at a time in accordance with current Government of Alberta health guidelines. 

The Government of Alberta‚Äôs public health measures are also in place inside pavilions and washrooms. Their capacities are limited to 30 per cent of fire code. Masking and two metres physical distancing will be required at all times while inside these buildings.

New YEG Valley Dome at Rundle Park. A great place to put on your skates!

Do you remember different warming huts in the river valley? Then you must have tried out the Local Warming ones as part of a warming hut pilot project in winter 2018/19!

Local Warming pilot project

Local Warming was all about embracing our winter. By placing warming huts strategically throughout the river valley, we aimed to help Edmontonians reconnect with their community, the city, and nature year round. In winter 2018/19, they could be found in Hawrelak Park by the sheet ice and in Victoria Park by the Cricket Club House.

How did they work?

The huts gathered and retained heat from the sun using passive solar principles for heating – like a greenhouse! This means that they collected and held onto heat from the sun without the need for electricity. The huts’ main windows were oriented south so they captured the heat and retained it in the thermal mass of their concrete floors, and their insulation prevented the heat from escaping.

What did we learn?

We heard loud and clear that Edmontonians loved small warming huts in our river valley! They added to the winter experience and gave people places to warm up for a bit before getting back out and playing longer on the ice. We also learned from some placement and storage challenges.

Thank you!

We’d like to thank Edmonton-based designer Danielle Soneff for working with us on the project. Her creativity and insights were invaluable. The City’s river valley staff also worked hard on this project. Many thanks to all involved!

A Local Warming hut in Hawrelak Park, designed by Danielle Soneff. Using the sun’s rays to keep warm in winter!