Lake Windermere

This breathtaking frozen lake in Canada is the longest skating pathway in the world

If you've ever dreamed of skating on a never-ending natural trail across a frozen lake, then this one's for you. 

The Lake Windermere Whiteway is the longest skating pathway in the world and you simply have to travel to British Columbia to check it out. 

Located about a three-hour car ride west of Calgary near the Alberta border, this iconic skating path was named the longest in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records back in 2014. 

The 29.98 km trail is a "groomed track that runs all the way around the lake and connects the towns of Invermere and Windermere," according to the Invermere on the Lake website.  

When the pathway was verified for the world record six years ago, its ice was found to measure between 30 cm and 76 cm depending where you were on the trail. 

Meanwhile, the average depth of the lake is said to measure about 4.6 m. 

On top of the wonderfully long length of the Lake Windermere Whiteway, the skating path also provides unparalleled views. 

"The views of the Rockies and the Purcells from the expanse of the frozen lake are remarkable," the Invermere on the Lake website states

And if skating just isn't your thing, nearby cross-country ski trails are sure to satisfy your craving for a winter adventure. 

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