Skating is a quintessential Canadian pastime. Nothing brings back those warm and fuzzy childhood memories like a good skate on the ice with the chilly air and white-tipped pine trees all around.
If there's one thing you need to put on your Canadian bucket list, it's ice skating on a frozen Lake Louise. Located in Banff, Alberta, the lake, which is one of the most photographed in the world, has also been named one of the 10 most beautiful ice skating rinks in the world by CNN Travel.
A big part of its beauty is due to the scenic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The towering snowbanks, white peaks and rugged glaciers of the range make the experience all the more memorable.
Visitors who skate on Lake Louise in the winter typically engage in a Canadian game of pick-up hockey. There are also bonfires and heated shelters by the lake where you can take a break with some hot cocoa before getting back on the ice again.
Perhaps the best time in the winter to go to Lake Louise is during the Ice Magic Festival. Ever year, an ice castle is built in the centre of the lake, making it even more magical than usual. Visitors can go into and out of the ice castle, as well as watch an ice carving competition. The Ice Magic Festival occurs next year from January 18 to 28.
For more information, visit BanffLakeLouise.com.