Skating Activities

Skating

Skating

Skate Canadian Style!

Over the years, skating has become an indoor activity, something you do in covered rinks, hockey arenas, even shopping malls. But you haven’t really skated until you’ve enjoyed a day on a frozen lake or river, something in Jasper you can do all winter long.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has skating on Lake Mildred. The Lodge clears a rectangular skating rink just a short walk from the main lodge. They also keep it light for night skating. At Lake Mildred, the lodge clears a giant oval that may have you puffing after only one or two times around. There are also usually two rectangular rinks cleared inside the oval where on most days, you’ll find a spirited game or two of shinny. There are benches to sit on, and often a bonfire and free hot chocolate. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon whether you’re staying at the lodge or not.

Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake is another super spot for skating. Take Pyramid Lake Road across the Activity Centre for six kilometres to Pyramid Lake Resort where hotel staff have cleared up a portion of the lake near the shore.

Snaring River

And while lakes are the most popular skating areas, you can also venture onto the frozen Snaring River off the Snaring Road that branches from Highway 16 east of the town. Skating on natural surfaces can take some getting used to. Some of the cleared rinks are flooded but you don’t get that Zamboni-like smoothness you’d find at the local indoors arena.

Other lakes that might be good if conditions are right.

Annette, Edith, Horseshoe, Medicine & Maligne Lake are all amazing spots. I can list lots more but you get the idea. Frozen ponds without snow are the best surfaces for skating.

Warning!

You have to watch for bumps, notches and the odd bare patch later in the season. You’ll also hear the occasional loud crack even on the thickest of ice in the dead of winter. Use common sense, if you don’t feel comfortable on the lake, don’t go!

Skating Pyramid Lake

Jasper in January sets up some extra activities like dog sledding and mini festivals.

Skating Mildred Lake

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge maintains a skating ovals in the winter. If you ever want to skate on frozen lake, this is one of the places to do so. Natural cracks do form on lakes, so beware that it does not have a perfect surface when skating. They also clear...

Catch a local game

Sometimes we focus on the outdoors when we live in a wonderland. We can skate outdoors, but local games are fun to watch. Check out the activity centre ice rink for games that might be happening.

Skating Talbot Lake

Access: Hwy 16 Parking: Yes Trailhead: 20 minutes east of Jasper townsite Activities: Skating, Wind Surfing Skating Talbot Lake Talbot lake is usually windy and the surface of the ice is bumpy, so the right conditions are necessary to have optimal skating conditions....

Skating Horseshoe Lake

Skating Horseshoe Lake When lakes get frozen, the skates come out and play. Timing for these activities are everything. Cold conditions and freeze thaw temperatures help smooth out the ice surface. These are natural lakes and not maintained by parks or any outfitters,...

Skating Patricia Lake

Not too often this lake gets a smooth surface to skate on. With the hoar frost on the lake, it looks like you cannot skate, but the hoar frost just crumbles when you glide through them. It is really a fun new experience to try out. [gallery type="rectangular"...

Skating Beaver Lake

There was a time when dogs can roam the Maligne valley, when a park really feel free. Just like skating on a frozen lake in the great wide open. The access to this pristine area is just 2 km from the parking at the south end of Medicine Lake. This is just one of many...

Shops & Services LINKS

Marriage Commissioner

BUNGALOWS / CABINS

 

BACKCOUNTRY CABINS

 

LODGING WEST IN BC

  • Mica Mountain Lodge
    (Located near Mount Robson, half an hour to the
    Jasper National Park boundary)
  • Dreamcatcher Inn
    (Located near Valemount Just over an hour west of Jasper)

 

Tour Outfitters LINKS

BUNGALOWS / CABINS

 

BACKCOUNTRY CABINS

 

LODGING WEST IN BC

  • Mica Mountain Lodge
    (Located near Mount Robson, half an hour to the
    Jasper National Park boundary)
  • Dreamcatcher Inn
    (Located near Valemount Just over an hour west of Jasper)

 

 

Feel free to share this post with the buttons below. You can also request for some particular shots from us at Jasper Web Design. Request for the desktop view to experience the full content, some modules are not displayed on mobile for speed. 

 

BACK TO THE TOP