Café Bicyclette's Snow Patio In Edmonton Captures Joy Of Winter

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A unique bistro in Edmonton is taking the joy of the winter to a whole new level.

Visitors to Café Bicyclette can get warm and cozy with wool blankets, heated seats and a wood-burning fireplace as they enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

"We can't hide inside forever," says Daniel Cournoyer, executive director of La Cité Francophone, the organization that runs the cafe.

Part of the City of Edmonton's initiative to make the region a "world-leading winter-city," the newly opened patio is even looking into adding ski trails in the area.

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"I think its about time that we start moving back outdoors [during] this major season of our year," said Cournoyer to The Huffington Post Alberta.

The patio is a work in progress as the cafe researches the concept of a winter patio and may transform it in the coming months. It might even become an igloo, Cournoyer added.

The patio will be open until temperatures drops to around -10 C, and if customers want to stay out in colder temperatures, they will be served.

"On that winter day when the sky is blue... if you're having a nice croissant and hot chocolate, you're just capturing the best of everything in that given moment," said Cournoyer.

Café Bicyclette will have an official opening on Dec. 31.