Pond Hockey on Lake Louise – Skating the Most Beautiful Rink in the World

Written By: The Planet D

If you find yourself in Banff National Park in the winter, you must go Skating on Lake Louise. It’s the most beautiful ice rink in the world. I dare anyone to claim a better spot for a game of pond hockey than Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

“The good ol’ hockey game! Its the best game you can name!
And the best game you can name, is the good ol’ hockey game!” Music and Lyrics by Stompin Tom Connors

Pond Hockey On Lake Louise

For your outdoor winter adventures in Lake Louise, Wilson Sports has you covered. We met up with Bill and Julie at Wilson Mountain Sports where they suited us up with skates, pucks and sticks for a friendly game of pond hockey on the ice.

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Ice Skating on Lake Louise

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Set at the foot of Victoria Glacier, Lake Louise is an incredible setting surrounded by the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. Nestled in a corner of the lake is the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and once winter arrives and the ice freezes over, it’s time to skate.

When visiting Banff and Lake Louise, you don’t have to come with every piece of winter sports gear you own. You can rent from Wilson Mountain Sports or buy any forgotten items. Never fear, Bill is here!

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Lake Louise is famous for its world-class skiing and snowboarding. Every year they host world cup events and it was home to the Winter Olympics downhill race. It’s as world class as it gets drawing tourist from around the world. But there are other things to do in Lake Louise during the winter months such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, spas, and fine dining.

Bill took us downstairs to see his state-of-the-art skate and ski sharpening machine before heading out and told us the story of how his sharpening is so good, he recently had someone FedeX their cross country skies across Canada from Quebec to have his guy sharpen their skis. Now that proves just how good the job is done.

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After we gathered all our gear, we took a short drive to the Lake Louise parking lot where we left our trucks and walked along the path toward the Fairmont and the lake.

Zambonies were hard at work clearing the ice and creating different skating rinks for people to enjoy. One skating rink was for people wanting to skate around or learn while the other was for the pond hockey players.

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Bill told us that as the season goes on the entire lake is cleared of snow and fit to skate on. Now that would be awesome!

The arenas have mini pond hockey nets so you don’t have to bring your own and it’s the perfect size to play a good game. Check out the Most Beautiful National Parks in Canada (Banff is on the list)

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It had been years since we’d been on skates, but as Canadians, we grew up on skates, so it didn’t take long to get our legs. Soon we were shooting the puck and scraping to a halt with ease.

The only time I fell was when I went to get a puck in a puddle of slush and misjudged the spot where the ice meets the slush and turned right where the show went deep. It was a bit of a wet mess, but luckily the weather was balmy so I stayed warm, even if I wasn’t dry.

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Playing pond hockey at Lake Louise is a communal game. Anyone can join in at any time and everyone is friendly and talks to each other. Nobody felt up to joining the four of us though. I put it down to we were just too darn good. The couldn’t bring themselves to being slaughtered by our team of four shooting the puck back and forth. (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little)

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We never did get a proper game going, but it was fun shooting the puck around and taking turns at being goalie. We ended up on the ice for a lot longer than I expected. I had forgotten how much fun it is to skate on an outdoor arena. It’s way better than in the rink where you are forced to skate around in circles. At Lake Louise, there’s so much room. The beginners can stay on one rink in the middle, while everyone has free run to go wherever they please.

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If you go to Banff in the winter, make sure to skate on Lake Louise at least once. You’d be doing something truly Canadian.

Check out another iconic Canadian place to go ice skating: Ottawa’s Winterlude and skating on the Rideau Canal

  • For gear rental and sales visit Wilson Mountain Sports located in Sampson Mall on Village Road in Lake Louise. 
  • Our trip to Banff was in partnership with Banff Lake Louise Tourism, for more information on Travel to Banff and Lake Louise, visit their website BanffLakeLouise.com

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7 thoughts on “Pond Hockey on Lake Louise – Skating the Most Beautiful Rink in the World”

  1. Great images. Skating is a weakness of mine I just love doing this.But I never gotta chance to do ice skate, hope ill get a chance to enjoy as people did.

  2. Amazing! I don’t think you could skate on the lake the last time I was in Lake Louise in winter (like, 25 years ago) – but then again, I was too busy skiing to notice.


    • I’ll have to find out about that. Maybe you could skate on it but it wasn’t as organized like it is today with machinery, benches, hockey nets..it’s got it all.

  3. I lived in Calgary for nearly 8 years and went skiing at Lake Louise all the time… but I had no idea that you could skate on the lake! I’m sad I missed the opportunity, it looks like so much fun. Deb, the photo of you in front of the Fairmont with the net is epicly Canadian.

    • Thanks Tim! I have to admit, we planned that shot. We were like, get in front of the neck and make a goalie pose.” Haha.