Their first view of Hogwarts is a shining castle reflected in the dark Lake. They glide through a curtain of ivy to a small, hidden pebble beach where they disembark, walk up a path, and come to the massive wooden front doors.
Across the Lake to Hogwarts castle
Date evening September 1st, 1991
Certainty Stated in canon
Location in Canon PS6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
Type of Event Wizarding world