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8 cold-weather cities worth braving in winter

West Edmonton Mall, pirate ship

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The northernmost million-plus-person metropolis in North America, Canada's Edmonton has a population that has learned to have fun even during the cold and lengthy wintertime. During the height of winter (December and January), low temperatures routinely drop below zero and rise only into the teens during the day.

Art galleries, the uniquely designed Muttart Conservatory and the West Edmonton Mall, currently North America's largest shopping complex, provide plenty of opportunity to get out of the oppressive cold. The mall features an amusement park, water park, recreation center, indoor skating rink and hundreds of retail outlets. (Not to mention an exact replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship Santa Maria, shown here.) Some visitors simply focus their entire vacation on West Edmonton. If you do venture outside the city in wintertime, the Northern Lights are on full display and there are plenty of winter sports options.