List of Winter City Strategies & Online Resources

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Wintermission follows in the footsteps of many other cities and industry leaders who have applied a winter lens to creating more vibrant winter communities. Included below are a selection of winter city strategies and winter planning resources from across North America that can help you in your journey of creating a more winter-friendly community.


Resource Title  City/Region  Description 
Winter Cities Institute  N/A  The Winter Cites Institute offers resources, contacts and networking for those looking to improve the quality of life in wintertime and need information on what is being done in other northern places. 
Winter Places: A Design Guide for Winter Placemaking  N/A  A compilation of winter urban design concepts received from designers across North America as part of a competition hosted by Bench Consulting 
Edmonton WinterCity Strategy  Edmonton, AB  City of Edmonton’s comprehensive WinterCity website with links to their WinterCity Strategy, Implementation Plan, WinterCity Design Guidelines, activity updates, and more. 
Fort St. John Winter City Guidelines  Fort St. John, BC  A blueprint for creating liveable winter cities focused on climate-sensitive design. Prepared by Urban Systems (2000) 
City of Houghton Master Plan  Houghton, MI  Master Plan includes a “Life in a Winter City” section with winter-related goals and strategies 
COVID-19 Response: 

Winter Strategies for Downtowns and Business Districts 

Michigan  Strategy document with COVID-19-compliant principles and approaches to activate Michigan’s main streets, downtowns, and business districts in winter. 
Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan  Minneapolis, MN  Part of the action plan includes a section dedicated to improving winter walking and rolling. 
WintercityYXE Strategy  Saskatoon, SK  Website containing Saskatoon’s Winter City Strategy and updates on strategy implementation 
Wintermission: St. Paul  St. Paul, MN  A community engagement report from 8 80 Cities’ first winter placemaking project from 2015. 
Beaumont WinterCity Strategy Beaumont, AB Website containing Beaumont’s Winter City Strategy and public engagement phases 1 and 2 reports.
Regina’s Winter City Strategy Regina,  SK Website containing Regina’s Winter City Strategy.