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Pond Skating in Banff in November!
November 11, 2012
November in Banff means that it is pond skating time! That little window of time where it is cold enough for the lakes and rivers to freeze over, but there is not yet enough snowfall to cover the ice.
Real Banff’s Jeff and US travel blogger Benjamin Jenks take a look at some pond hockey on Johnson Lake, but first investigate the little known ‘Lemon Lake’-a short hike through the woods just off the Minnewanka Loop road.
Benjamin Jenks (left) and real Banff’s Jeff Mitchell get ready to lace ‘em up.
Pond Hockey at Johnson Lake!
Note-this video was shot in November 2011, but real Banff is investigating the ice conditions right now on these lakes-stay tuned for updates. It is always better to be on the safe side if you think the ice is too thin! For information on safe pond skating, please follow the Parks Canada safety suggestions.
Below is a map showing the two lakes from the video, both a little detour off of the Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive. It’s the Minnewanka if driving on the TransCanada Highway #1. Some of the other popular spots to skate on a lake are: Cascade Ponds, Vermillion Lakes, & Lake Louise.