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10 of the world's most beautiful ice skating rinks

By Laura Ma and Jason Kwok, CNN
updated 6:30 PM EST, Tue November 26, 2013
Snow-capped mountains surrounding a glacier-fed lake ... there's a reason Banff's Lake Louise is on so many Canadian postcards. Lake Louise is a two-hour drive through the Rocky Mountains from Calgary -- the nearest major airport. The free skating rink has a heated shelter. Snow-capped mountains surrounding a glacier-fed lake ... there's a reason Banff's Lake Louise is on so many Canadian postcards. Lake Louise is a two-hour drive through the Rocky Mountains from Calgary -- the nearest major airport. The free skating rink has a heated shelter.
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Banff Lake Louise (Canada)
Vienna Ice Dream (Austria)
Red Square Rink (Moscow)
Rideau Canal Skateway (Ottawa)
The Rink at Rockefeller Center (New York)
Shichahai Lake (Beijing)
Eiffel Tower Ice Rink (Paris)
Skate at Somerset House (London)
Evergreen Lake (Colorado)
Bondi Winter Festival Ice Rink (Sydney)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ottawa's Rideau Canal is a natural rink stretching 7.8 kilometers long
  • Skaters at Moscow's Red Square Rink can enjoy the Christmas lights decorating the Kremlim
  • Winter in Sydney sees Bondi Beach become an ice rink in June and July

(CNN) -- Shorts and flip-flops on the deck.

Drinks chilling in the cooler.

Ice clinking in your margarita glass.

Then winter hits.

Fear not -- there's another use for large blocks of ice, as you can discover for yourself at some of the world's most dramatic water-walking spots.

Banff Lake Louise, Banff, Canada

Banff Lake Louise; +1 403 762 8421; mid-December to mid-April

Bondi Winter Festival Ice Rink, Sydney

Bondi Winter Festival Ice Rink; +61 02 8362 3408; late June-mid-July, Monday-Friday noon-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Eiffel Tower Ice Rink, Paris

Eiffel Tower Ice Rink, Champ de Mars, 5 Ave. Anatole France; December 15, 2013-February 9, 2014

Evergreen Lake, Colorado

Evergreen Lake, 29612 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, Colorado, +1 720 880 1391; adult $7, youth $6, toddler (3 years and under) free, senior (60+)/military $5; mid-December-early March (weather permitting)

Red Square Rink, Moscow

Red Square Rink; +7 788 4343; 80-minute session tickets from $0.30; December 1-March 10, 2014; daily, 10 a.m.-midnight

Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa

Rideau Canal Skateway, +1 613 239 5234; January-late February

Rockefeller Center, New York

The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets), New York, +1 212 332 7654; October 12-April 2014, daily 8:30 a.m.-midnight

Shichahai Lake, Beijing

Shichahai Lake, opposite Beihai Park's North Gate, Di'anmen West Street, Xicheng District; opens late winter; weekday, $0.80, weekend and holidays, $1.60

Somerset House, London

Skate at Somerset House, The Strand, London; +44 20 7845 4600; Tickets from $12, November 14-January 5, 2014; daily sessions from 8:45 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Vienna Ice Dream, Vienna, Austria

Wiener Eistraum; Rathausstrasse 17, Vienna; +43 1409 0040; January 24-March 9, 2014; daily, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Christmas Day

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