Ready for a unique way to soak in winter’s enchantment with your loved ones this winter? Add skating around an island to your winter bucket list! Bundle up, pack a thermos and head out to the Astotin Lake Area in Elk Island National Park. There you can access a skating track that leads you along the shoreline before whisking you out and around Archer Island.

  • Bring your friends out for a game of pond hockey, as a rink is also maintained;
  • Don your headlamps and go for skate under the starry skies of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve;
  • The skating loop is conditional on weather;

Contact the Visitor Centre for up-to-date condition reports or to learn more about winter safety.

* Thin ice may exist anywhere on water bodies, at any time, in the winter season. Assess ice thickness and never go onto ice alone. Water vapour above the ice, or creaking and cracking noises, indicate weak ice. The Canadian Red Cross recommends an ice thickness of at least 15 cm for walking and skating safely; the thicker the ice, the better.