Hitting the Ice in the National Park
You may have already guessed the first feature winter activity on our blog…ice skating!
Nothing brings back childhood memories like lacing up a pair of skates. Growing up in a small town that had a huge focus on hockey, everyone I knew (including my family), had a few pairs of hockey or ice skates laying around the house. The scenery provided in Banff really ups the ante on outdoor skating. Surrounded by mountains, there are quite a few outdoor rinks maintained throughout the winter. So many wonderful options to enjoy a great day with friends, family or even a romantic date with your partner.
In town, you can enjoy indoor skating at the Fenlands Recreation Centre but why not take it outside and enjoy the splendour of the mountains! Outdoor rinks are located at the high school, The Waldhaus Rink behind the Fairmont Banff Springs, or the train station rink. Other skating spots are located near town on lakes and ponds, but these are dependent on weather conditions and temperatures. My favourite spot to head to is at Vermillion Lakes just outside of town. If you’re wanting to check out a natural ice skating location, be sure to check the Parks Canada website for updated information!
One of the most famous locations for ice skating in the Bow Valley is Lake Louise. From mid-December through until mid-April the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise maintains the rink right on the lake; perfect for a day of skating or a game of shinny! This is another outdoor rink surrounded by stunning views.
If you’re just visiting or looking to try out a new activity, there are multiple vendors in town that rent skates by the hour/day. Be sure to bring a thermos full of hot chocolate or coffee for warm up breaks in between skating!
Thanks for reading!
Amanda Sales Manager, Brewster Mountain Lodge