Ice Skating on Frozen Lake Louise | Winter Guide What you need to know

Well, with Winter quickly approaching I thought I would share some things to know in case you’re planning a Winter trip. We couldn’t recommend visiting Lake Louise in the Winter more, because it’s truly just as fun and as beautiful in Summer and Winter!

Ice skating on frozen Lake Louise has been on my bucket list since Owen was a baby. We had watched this commercial and a quick clip of someone ice skating on Lake Louise just caught my attention and I knew one day I was going to make it happen. It was just the most beautiful view and honestly felt like a very “Canadian Tradition” to do.

This past March we thankfully had the chance to actually experience this as a family. We met our friends from Nova Scotia who now live in Calgary. We spent three days staying at Emerald Lake Lodge and spent the morning on one of our days at Lake Louise. Now, my kids are not pro skaters and still learning, so there was a lot of falling. That didn’t stop anyone from still not having tons of fun. The sky and weather was just so magical. We were so thankful for such a special day. I’m going to share with you everything you need to know to plan the most special Winter day at Lake Louise ice skating!

Lake Louise Location

Located directly in front of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It’s the most beautiful destination. We visited in March and found that the lake was perfectly frozen. I would recommend checking online and plan ahead. We’ve been in the Winter before planning to skate and arrived at the same time of a huge snow storm so it was terrible timing in November. But again, make sure to check weather updates.

Lake Louise Skating Hours

The lake is open in the daylight from 8am-4:30pm by 5pm it does get dark. But flood lights are on until 11pm. So you can skate all day and evening! A Zamboni also comes out every so often to clean off the rink. Don’t forget to bring a hockey stick & puck!

Skating Rentals

Located inside the Fairmont Lake Louise just up to your left you’ll find the rental shop, Chateau Ski & Snow Rentals

RENTALS 2 Hour & 8 Hour
Hockey Skates$23$33
Junior Skates$13$23
Hockey Sticks$6$6

When To Visit

The lake needs to be frozen and they will let you know, they will also have something to warn you if the lake is not frozen. So please be cautious. Parking, is right beside the lake with overflow parking. I would suggest making it very early to really get the most out of your visit. We arrived at 9am and couldn’t have asked for better weather.

The lake was almost empty and we really felt like we had the whole rink to ourselves for a good 30 minutes. Rentals went so good as well with a quick and easy process. I would also suggest visiting on a weekday if it’s possible for you!

We had one of the best days that will sit in our core memories forever! Don’t forget to bundle up to you guys it get so cold there!

Keisha Lynne, xx

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