Skating is one of the best things about Canadian winters. There is nothing like lacing up the blades and gliding around the sheet of ice. The problem is our community outdoor rinks, and frozen rivers tend to get pretty crowded. But, what if you had over 19 square kilometres of ice to skate on that was so clear it looked like you were sliding on a mirror?
A two-hour drive west from Calgary sits the majestic Spray Lakes Reservoir, known for its world-class fishing. In winter, these lakes freeze over fast, and the result is a pristine sheet of clear ice. On a clear day, the skies and surrounding mountain landscape are perfectly reflected to create a magical ice rink.
Hundreds of people flock to the area each year for a chance to dance on the clouds. The good news is there is plenty of ice to go around as you can skate endlessly for kilometres. The Canadian Rockies are home to some of the nation’s most breathtaking scenery but, nothing like this gigantic mirror that is home to many pick-up hockey games, and one-of-a-kind ice fishing.
For those interested Spray Lakes is located just south of Three Sisters Ridge in Alberta, and for more of the breathtaking beauty check out this YouTube video: