Experience winter in a new way and skate in one of these five magical settings. Keep in mind that natural ice rinks are subject to the whims of Mother Nature, so always check conditions and schedules before heading out.
Explore one of the biggest ice rinks in the world
The Rideau Canal National Historic Site in Ottawa is very popular in summer for its historic locks in action. In winter, it’s a whole different world! The National Capital Commission transforms a portion of the historic canal into a world-famous skating rink. Glide your way through the heart of the nation's capital for more than 7.8 km. Enjoy the view of the city in this renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Glide into the heart of the Canadian Rockies
Discover one of the world's most spectacular natural ice skating rinks. Every winter in Banff National Park, Alberta, Lake Louise transforms into a fairy-tale-like skating rink, complete with an ice castle! Add a touch of fantasy, go at sunset, and gaze up at the sky to admire the stars: a truly magical experience.
Criss-cross a natural ice loop
Experience the thrill of gliding amidst breathtaking scenery at Jasper National Park in Alberta. Glide freely, create graceful figures, or engage in a friendly game of hockey – guaranteed fun! Pack a thermos, head to Pyramid Lake or Mildred Lake, and enjoy a great time on the ice!
Skate under the stars
Skate on a natural ice loop that circles an island! Even better, bring your headlamp and skate under the starry sky of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve in Elk Island National Park, Alberta. You might even have the chance to witness the Northern Lights! Feeling sore? Take a break and treat yourself to a guided snowshoeing excursion for stargazing.
Explore The Forks, a gathering place in every season
Head to The Forks National Historic Site, a winter wonderland in the heart of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Skate the iconic 7-10 km Nestaweya River trail, one of the longest skating trails in all of Canada! Seek shelter from the cold in the whimsical warming huts which seem straight out of another world and make sure to visit the market afterwards for some mini doughnuts or other tasty treats.
Everyone who visits comes home with a different story. Lace up your skates and come find out what happens in yours. Get your pass now!