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Skating, Skiing & Biking The Lake Windermere Whiteway

Skating, Skiing & Biking the Lake Windermere Whiteway

You’ll find Lake Windermere in the Columbia Valley between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell Mountains to the west. The lake is the winter home of the Whiteway, a recently declared Guinness World Record holder with the title as the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world with 29.8 kilometres of cleared ice.

One of the axxess points to the Lake Windermere Whiteway in BC

One of the access points to the Lake Windermere Whiteway

By the time December rolls around and the lake is frozen solidly, the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club goes to work. A six metre wide path of ice is cleared around the circumference of the lake. When they started back in 2008, only a 15 kilometre loop was cleared. Now it’s the whole lake and it’s officially 29.8 kilometres (18.5 miles) long. The snow is moved to one side of the cleared ice – and it’s that snow that becomes the base for skiing. The snow is track-set but there’s also enough room for skate skiers.

Cross-country skiing on the Lake Windermere Whiteway, BC

Cross-country skiing on the Lake Windermere Whiteway

The Whiteway is a superb family-friendly outing.

You can do short or long loops on skates and skis and you can even bring the dog. On a sunny day, the view of the mountains from the lake is outstanding. Skaters and skiers in great shape can knock off the full loop in about two hours.

Cross-country skiing on the Whiteway

Cross-country skiing on the Whiteway

Mountain biking is also permitted on the ice, but because of the wind chill, it’s a good idea to bring extra face protection.

Mountain biking on the Lake Windermere Whiteway

Mountain biking on the Lake Windermere Whiteway

Cars and trucks are also allowed to drive on the lake, but they are forbidden from using the Whiteway. It appears that ice fishing is popular but only at the northern end of the lake.

Looks like ice-fishing huts to me on Lake Windermere

Looks like ice-fishing huts to me

The cost is minimal – a mere $5 donation to the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club if you aren’t a member. Look for cash boxes at information kiosks.

Useful Lake Windermere Whiteway Info

  • You can rent skates or skis at The Inside Edge Sports Store in Invermere.
  • There are three official entrances including the Kinsmen Beach in Invermere, by the Invermere Bay Condos in Invermere and at Windermere Beach.
  • Invermere is located 275 kilometres west of Calgary and 17 kilometres south of Radium Hot Springs (a perfect place for a soak after your workout.)

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Skating, Skiing & Biking the Lake Windermere Whiteway

Leigh McAdam

 

 

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 22 Comments
  1. I’d never heard of the Lake Windermere Whiteway, but it looks amazing. You always discover such interesting, out of the way places!

  2. I have passed through this area in summer, but have never been here in winter.I’m not much into winter outdoor sports and don’t like the cold, but I have to admit your pictures show how scenic the area is, even in winter.

  3. Well, till now i have only heard about Lake Windermere, but not yet visited. I have visited other skiing places including Revelstoke, Canada.

  4. The Whiteway looks like great fun! It’s good to hear Canada is home to longest naturally frozen skating trail ..it looks much warmer there than in other parts of the country.

  5. My mother loved to figure skate and always loved opportunities to do it outdoors – she would have been fascinated by this! I have weak ankles and am a cold coward but I think I’d even give it a try. Thanks for telling us about this place.

  6. That looks like a lot of fun. You could really work on your sprints here and get a lot of speed. The last part of the Birkie is over a frozen lake. It would be good practice for the finish.

  7. Oh my gosh that is absolutely beyond beautiful there, Leigh! I can barely stay upright on ice on my feet – me being on a bike? Impossible! 🙂

  8. Gosh it looks cold, but also awesome. I’d love to mountain bike across the ice – face protection sounds intense though, but I guess that’s what it takes. Great post and voted!

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