Frozen Lake Windermere in B.C. has the longest skating pathway on the planet

Lake Windermere Whiteway was named the longest ice skating path in the world by the Guinness Book of Records in 2014.

** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, British Columbians are advised not to travel outside their communities until the advice is lifted. **

While it is not uncommon for a lake to be frozen over in BC, not all frozen lakes are created equal.

Take Lake Windermere, for example, a breathtaking body of water that turns into a sparkling show stopper in the cooler months.

In addition, Lake Windermere Whiteway was named the longest ice skating path in the world by the Guinness Book of Records in 2014.

The naturally frozen trail is a whopping 29.98 km and is located in Invermere near the Alberta border. The groomed route offers the perfect area for a variety of winter activities – from relaxed skating to fast hockey, cross-country skiing to a scenic walk – the icy route is an ideal place to spend a winter day.

Nestled in the stunning Columbia Valley, the area is also a popular spot for ice fishing. A company called Reel Ax Adventures even offers “luxurious” ice fishing huts for their tours. In addition, all “ice fishing trips include your fishing gear, a fire and grill to cook lunch, experienced guides, and transportation (if required).”

Since no motorized vehicles are permitted on the pristine surface, there is a pervasive calm in the area. Of course, there could be sounds of ice skates artfully carving the surface, laughter, or a hockey stick hitting a puck, but this is a peaceful, quiet place.

Lake Windermere Whiteway

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