Outdoor Ice Skating

There are several places to skate in Banff, from our stunning recreation centre, The Fenlands, to man-made and natural outdoor rinks, all with uniquely spectacular vistas. Ice skate rentals are available in town.

Locations

  • The Fenlands Recreation Centre Meadow Rink is available for Bow Valley residents only.
  • Banff High School Outdoor Rink (typically opens late December)
  • Bear Street Rink (opening in mid- January)
  • Lake Louise behind the Chateau Lake Louise.
  • Other natural outdoor ice surfaces include 40 Mile Creek to Vermilion Lakes, Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka. Read the safety information below and ensure you are well informed and that the surface is safe prior to skating on natural surfaces. 
Skating

Safety

Natural ice skating areas are not maintained or patrolled. Skate at your own risk. Visit the Parks Canada website for info on skating on ponds, lakes and rivers.

Avoid traveling on ice at night

At night it is very difficult to see open holes in the ice. This is a frequent cause of drownings.

Never go onto ice alone

A buddy may be able to rescue you or go for help if you get into difficulty. Before you leave shore, tell someone where you are going and expected time of return.

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol and drugs impairs your judgment and speeds up the development of hypothermia.

Always supervise children playing on or near ice

Insist that they wear a life jacket/personal flotation device (PFD) or thermal protection buoyant suit.

Get more safety tips from the Canadian Red Cross