What could be more Canadian than skating on a frozen Rocky Mountain lake? Natural ice conditions in the park are not monitored so make sure the ice is at least 15cm (6in) thick.
Popular places to skate include:
Besides being one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies, Lac Beauvert accommodates a rectangular skating rink just a short walk from the main Jasper Park Lodge. The rink becomes lit for night skating.
The Jasper Park Lodge clears a giant oval that may tire you out after one or two laps. Two rectangular rinks are usually cleared inside the oval. There are also benches, a bonfire and free hot chocolate. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon whether you’re staying at the lodge or not.
Another hot spot for ice skating, a portion of Pyramid Lake close to the shore, is cleared and lit during the winter. You will need to take the road across the Activity Centre for six kilometres to Pyramid Lake Bungalows.