Over 4,000 years ago, people in Finland strapped flattened bones to their feet to skate on rivers and lakes. The popularity of skating spread to Scottish lakes and canals of the Netherlands. In the 13th and 14th centuries wood was substituted for bone, and in 1572 the first iron skates were made.

Fast forward through a few centuries of racing, figure skating and hockey, and we get to the boom of mountain lake skating in the Rocky Mountains of Canada.

There’s a Facebook page called Bow Valley Wild Ice that has over 4,500 followers, and when someone posts a conditions update about a lake, anything from a few people to over 100 people rush out…

 

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