Ice Skating In Banff
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Outdoor Ice Skating
This winter travel destination offers skating on Banff's ponds, rivers, lakes. There are artificial outdoor rinks as well. It's a favourite winter activity enjoyed by both locals and visitors.
There are great mountain views and glimpses of fish wintering below the ice. I've seen them!!
You can hear the gentle booming sound of thick ice shifting. And then there's the ultimate fun of skating itself. These little things make ice skating in the outdoors an exhilarating snow activity.
Throughout the winter, when conditions permit, there's a track cleared for skating on the Bow River, accessible from Central Park in downtown Banff. Note that this is not a maintained rink, and that river flow may impact the ice's thickness (and thus the skater's safety) from day to day. Other skating spots include:
Forty-Mile Creek to Vermilion Lakes
Two Jack Lake
Free Outdoor Rinks - Banff Townsite
Behind the Banff Springs Hotel, located just past the Bow Falls Parking lot (on Spray Avenue), with a covered changing area for putting on skates, a contained bonfire, benches and picnic tables (December - March)
At Lake Louise, there is a cleared rink with a bonfire area in front of the Chateau Lake Louise from November through April.
Ice skates can be rented through:
Snow Tips/Backtrax, located on Bear Street in downtown Banff
Banff Springs Hotel
Wilson Mountain Sports at Samson Mall in Lake Louise
Monod's Sports in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
What's so nice about these outdoor skating rinks....there's usually no snow cover and enough thick ice to skate on.
Because the air is cold enough...the surface doesn't melt or scratch too deeply. Perfect for that sunny afternoon on skates!
Here in Banff we're fortunate enough to have these rinks appear naturally every year!!!
Here are Five of the Best Spots for Ice Skating in The National Park:
Outdoor Rink outside the Banff Springs Hotel – it's a pretty big rink and lit up at night. Keep warm by the fire and put your skates on in a heated shed.
Lake Louise - a beautiful, lit rink is prepared outside the Chateau Lake Louise each year. The Chateau Lake Louise hosts an international Ice Festival that's well worth seeing...around the 3rd week in January. The ice sculptures are exhibited around the lakeshore and are exquisite!!!
Vermillion Lakes, Lake Minnewanka, Johnson Lake - A good thing to remember is to test the ice before you head out onto a frozen lake. I'd have to say that these are the best mountain lakes to skate on when they're snow-free!
The Skating Oval on the Bow River – you can access this rink off of Bow Avenue and lace up your skates at the Blue Canoe docks.
Banff Recreation Centre – The outdoor rink at the new recreation centre on Norquay Road is now open and best of all....it's free!!!
The outdoor surface, built in the new facility’s meadow-like courtyard, is open during regular hours of the recreation centre. The NHL-sized rink is for leisure skating only – no hockey sticks, pucks or nets – and is accessed through the centre’s concourse.
Skate rentals are available from the centre while the admissions desk is open.
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