Only 10 minutes drive from Banff township and an amazingly quiet, tranquil spot. Because it was winter the shorter access road was closed to allow wildlife crossing but the alternative road was not much longer.
We walked out onto the frozen lake and spoke to several divers doing their scuba certification - I'd never seen people cutting holes in the ice before and literally jumping in, we even saw a bridal party arriving to have their wedding photos taken!
If you don't want to walk on the frozen lake (it can be slippery and creaks alarmingly in some spots) there are several viewpoints overlooking the lake and shoreline paths as well.
A nice break from the commercialism of Banff township.
It is free to enter, but if you aren't staying in Banff National park already (e.g.coming from Calgary for the day) you will need a national park pass.
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