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This stunning 30km long skating trail in BC is the longest in the world

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If you’re training for a long track speed skating race, get ready to make a trip to the best outdoor facility in Canada. Sitting in the heart of the Rockies, the Lake Windermere Whiteway holds the official title of the longest skating trail in the world. How long? A whopping 30 km in total length.

lake windermere whiteway

The record was officially set on February 14th, 2014, when Guinness World Records measured the skating trail at precisely 29.98 km (18.63 miles). We decided to round up that extra 20 metres to make it a crisp 30 kilometres, because that just sounds a little sharper.

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Lake Windermere a massively popular lake destination in British Columbia’s Columbia Valley. Although it’s in BC, the majority of visitors come from Calgary as it’s only a 3 hour drive away. In the summer, it plays host to boaters, campers, golfers and lovers of the sun. In the winter, the nearby Panorama Resort offers some world-class skiing, and the lake itself turns into an ice skating paradise.

lake windermere whiteway

The Lake Windermere Whiteway is obviously the attention-grabbing attraction, but pond hockey at all corners of the lake is also a mainstay. Also, the Lussier, Radium AND Fairmont Hotsprings are both nearby. Heck, after skating 30 kilometres we’d be very down for a soak in the springs. We’ll see you there!

The Windermere Lake Whiteway

When: Whenever that thing is frozen! (Typically mid-December until mid-late March)
Where: Invermere, British Columbia