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Ice Skating on Lake Louise

If you like ice skating outdoors with world-class scenery as a backdrop then you’d probably love skating on Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

Lake Louise sits at an elevation of 1,750 metres (5,742 feet) in the Canadian Rockies. Winter comes early and stays late – a good thing if you’re into enjoying the outdoors. Lake Louise is usually ready for skating by mid-December and stays that way until sometime in mid-April – though skating is weather dependent. The last of the ice doesn’t usually leave the lake until the first week in June.

Ice skating on Lake Louise

Ice skating on Lake Louise

There are two areas on the lake that are maintained for ice skating – one around the gorgeous ice castle – which is lit up at night – and another one that can be used for pick-up hockey.

"Ice skating with the massive Victoria Glacier in the distance"

Ice skating with the massive Victoria Glacier in the distance

Don’t worry if you don’t own skates. They can be rented. A two hour skate rental is $11; its $15 for the whole day. Kids skate rentals are about half the adult price. And if you want to try your hand at hockey, then rent a stick for $5.

"Walking through the Ice Castle"

Walking through the Ice Castle

"No shortage of photo opportunities around the ice castle"

No shortage of photo opportunities around the ice castle

If you want to skate in the sunshine plan to do it early in the day at this time of year. The days are short and by early afternoon the sun disappears behind the mountains. The temperature drops quickly too but you can warm up around the fire or head to nearby Chateau Lake Louise and grab yourself a hot drink.

I think a few hours ice skating on Lake Louise is the perfect way to spend a winter day.

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Leigh McAdam



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