In contrast to many American locations that take an eternity to freeze throughout the winter, Alberta is a winter wonderland renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful frozen and covered terrain. This Canadian region is well-known for its ice skating and skiing, but it’s also a secret destination for wild skating.
Not every lake in Alberta can be skated on because a lot of them are covered in snow or have weak points and fissures. Nonetheless, a number of sizable bodies of water in the region—particularly those in Banff National Park—are trustworthy for wintertime enjoyment. Though popular or not, you should always research a place before going onto a frozen lake.
Plan your next skate day after seeing these six lakes in Alberta that totally ice over throughout the winter!
Abraham Lake has the same deep turquoise color as other glacial lakes in the Rocky Mountains despite being a reservoir. This artificial lake, which is situated on the North Saskatchewan River, is also referred to as the “Bubble Lake” because of its distinctive and noticeable methane ice bubbles. You’ve probably seen this amazing winter phenomena if you’ve glanced through Instagram. From December to March, Abraham Lake serves as an adventurous person’s ice playground.
The lake is sufficiently frozen for skating by January. However, take note that the reservoir’s water is constantly flowing, and it can be quite dangerous to fall through deeper ice. It’s preferable to stay close to the shallow end, especially if you have small children. Abraham Lake has strong winds as well, which can make skating on the ice difficult but also helps to blast snow off the surface.
Visit Moraine Lake in Banff National Park if you’ve ever wished to see pristine blue waters in the heart of a mountainous setting. Encircled by angular, snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows, this breathtaking lake appears to be composed of glass, reflecting the surrounding landscape. Moraine Lake is glacially supplied and lies at a high elevation, thus it freezes rather rapidly and stays frozen until late May, even into early June. Sadly, the road to it closed for the majority of the winter, but intrepid hikers can still reach its position! On the other hand, snow drift could make skating difficult.
Located in Banff National Park around six miles east of the British Columbia border, this vibrant glacial lake It is located in the Canadian Rockies and provides a stunning view of the untamed peaks and wooded slopes, as well as crystal-clear water that stretches to the bottom. In the summer, Lake Louise is a haven; in the winter, it’s the ideal vacation spot. Glancing around the rink, guests of the neighboring Lake Louise Ski Resort can return to the lodge for hot cocoa.
At an average length of 13 miles and a depth of more than 400 feet, Lake Minnewanka is one of the longest and deepest lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Its beaches are dotted with miles of forests and majestic hills. It makes sense that it is one of Banff National Park’s crown jewels. Lake Minnewanka is so large that it doesn’t freeze over fully until the middle of winter. The west part of the lake freezes last. By December, the lake will start to freeze, and by April, it will thaw. Look for cracks close to the coastline if you intend to skate, and take care not to go too far onto the ice. Skaters may be forced from the shoreline of Lake Minnewanka by strong winds because of the reservoir’s fluctuating water levels.
Johnson Lake is an emerald body of water with breathtaking vistas of snow-capped mountains and lush forests, situated east of Banff, Alberta. This lake is a national park hidden gem that is frequently missed. However, it’s a great choice for people who wish to get away from the chilly Canadian winds. It’s a popular swimming and kayaking location in the summer and, in the winter, the ideal place to ice skate without feeling the bitter cold (well, not as much as some other lakes). Johnson Lake can have different levels of ice thickness even though the entire lake freezes. Generally, the ice near the footbridge at the west end is weaker.
These three stunning lakes are situated in Banff National Park, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by an abundance of animals, the pristine lake is gazed down upon by the recognizable Mount Rundle. Vermilion Lakes is a great choice if you’re looking for an incredible sunset. On the third Vermilion Lake, there might be some exposed areas and weak sections even if the majority of the lake freezes over in the winter.