# 86 – Play Shinny! Get Outdoors & Skate This Winter

# 86 – Play Shinny! Get Outdoors & Skate This Winter

Hockey on Cottonwood Lake. Photo by Peter Moynes

Hockey on Cottonwood Lake. Photo by Peter Moynes

Outdoor Skating Around Nelson and Kaslo BC

Get out and skate! Outdoor skating is a super fun and healthy way to feel like a kid again, get some exercise, and breathe the fresh, invigorating, winter air. The Kootenays, and especially the Nelson Kootenay Lake area, doesn’t get super cold during the winter time. Generally speaking, temperatures hover around the freezing level, but don’t get too cold.

When the Temperature Drops, We Put on Our Skates!

A few lakes near Kaslo freeze each winter, and a couple more lakes near Kaslo and Nelson freeze at least once during the winter. If you happen to have the good fortune of visiting us when the temperature really drops, come join us on the ice! Absolutely, positively make sure, though, that the lake is properly frozen. Never, ever guess about this. This very thorough wiki article on how to tell when ice is safe might be helpful. Another very simple way to know if the ice is safe is that you see lots of locals skating on it. Skating is such a fun winter activity that if the ice is safe to skate on, you should see others outside with you. Ice fishing is another popular sport near Kaslo, so another sign that the ice is safe is to see people fishing through it. Always ask if you have any doubts.

A little hockey game for the ladies on Six Mile Lakes.

A little hockey game for the ladies on Six Mile Lakes.

Where to Skate? Bear Lake, Cottonwood Lake and Mirror Lake

Near Kaslo, Bear Lake and Fish Lake freeze each winter, and are popular for ice fishing. Mirror Lake usually freezes over at least once, and is a mere 2 kilometres south of Kaslo, making it a perfect place to skate a bit on a lovely frozen pond. Especially on a clear, bright, sunny day, nothing can compare to this.

Cottonwood lake, a bit south of Nelson, freezes over at least once each winter, and is an ideal skating lake. Families often take hot chocolate and spend the day skating with their families. Six Mile Lakes, also near Nelson, is a destination for skating in the early afternoon when the sun graces the ice and creates sheer winter splendour.

If it’s not perfect weather and conditions for skating on a lake, but you’d still like to skate outdoors, the Lions can help! The local Lion’s Club creates a small but well used skating rink in their park (“Lion’s Park”) in the Uphill neighbourhood of Nelson (You guessed it. It’s directly “uphill” from downtown.) The rink is small, but often full of happy families and children playing a game of shinny or just messing around on the ice.

Stay With Us This Winter!

Come visit the Nelson Kootenay Lake site and check out all the other wonderful things we’ve got going on to make your stay perfect this winter. From more restaurants and cafes per capita than anywhere else (that we know of) to hopping night clubs, great performance venues, and, of course, wonderful places to hang your hat each night.

 

 

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