COVID-19 means no strolling, no meals donation bins in Edmonton’s Sweet Cane Lane – Edmonton

The COVID-19 pandemic means one of Edmonton’s most popular winter attractions will look very different this year than it did last year.

The YEG Candy Cane Lane will officially open on Friday. It runs every night from sunset to midnight until January 1st.

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Edmonton woman giving thank you cards to the residents of Candy Cane Lane

While the event typically includes sleigh rides, fire pits, and food trucks, these amenities won’t be offered this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The sidewalks are also closed to pedestrians, visitors are only allowed to drive on the lane.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Candy Cane Lane will only be driven through in 2020.

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Another major change this year is that the Edmonton Food Bank is not placing food donation bins along the streets.

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“We really felt it was important that we played a leadership role at this time and encouraged people to be safe, and we didn’t want people to get out of their cars,” said Marjorie Bencz, executive director at Edmontons Food Bank .

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“It’s just one drive through, so we didn’t want people to get out of their cars and make donations.”

Candy Cane Lane is usually a large food gathering event for the organization going into the holiday season. Bencz said the event typically makes up eight to 15 percent of the panel’s vacation destination.


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Our YEG at Night: Candy Cane Lane is a classic Edmonton vacation attraction


Our YEG at Night: Candy Cane Lane a classic Edmonton vacation attraction – December 13th, 2019

The Tafel typically collects 25,000 kilograms of food on Candy Cane Lane each year. Over the past two decades, more than 360,000 pounds of food have been donated along the street to support the Edmonton Food Bank.

The board encourages people to donate in other ways this year:

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  • Canned food and non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at any major grocery store
  • Donations can be made online
  • Donations can be made on cell phones by sending FEEDYEG to 20222

“People have tried to help us and help us this year because we as an organization need special events and food promotions to do our job and get these contributions from the public,” said Bencz.

“As we saw at the big Heritage Festival, we had to change and turn around in order to bring in resources again. The whole year has been a series of changes, just like the rest of the community and the rest of the world. “

Candy Cane Lane is located on 148 Street between 99 and 92 Avenues.

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