Every year the locals anxiously await for Lake Louise to freeze solid enough to start the skating season. There’s nothing more magical than gliding across the ice with the magnificent backdrop of Victoria Glacier. Depending on the temperatures the rink is usually ready for use in the first week of December.
The ground crew at the Chateau Hotel start measuring the ice thickness near the end of November. Once it has reached a certain depth they clear a large area of snow. The ice is flooded with water until they have created a smooth surface for skating. It’s not very often the lake can be naturally skated on, as in not being prepped. By the time it freezes thick enough a large amount of snow has already fallen on top of it.
A fire pit and benches are set up at the lake shore where you can change into your skates. You are welcome to bring your own skates if you have them, there is no charge to use the rink. Otherwise rentals are available inside the hotel in the lobby area daily from 8am to 8pm.
A large ice castle is built each year in time for Christmas. It remains throughout the winter, or for as long as the ice can tolerate it’s weight.
Try out the game Canada is famous for. The hockey rink sits next to the skating area. The nets are provided, bring your own stick and pucks or rent them in the same area as the ice skates in the hotel lobby.