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Canoeing & Kayaking Summer Outdoor Activities

The only sound is water gently lapping at the side of your boat and trickling off your paddle as you slice through the turquoise water. The blissful quiet is broken by fish splashing on the surface and the call of a loon. Canoeing on Alberta’s scenic lakes and rivers is a day with nature at its finest. Learn a traditional mode of Canadian transportation essential to aboriginals, early explorers and fur traders. Pack a picnic and paddle out to a distant shore or do Alberta’s only backcountry canoe circuit. Step up your fitness, step into a kayak, and run some whitewater.
Canoeing on Lake Louise Banff National Park
Canoeing on Lake Louise
Canoeing Moraine Lake Banff National Park
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The Banff Canoe Club

Banff, Alberta
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Canoeing on the Bow River is the quintessential Canadian activity; a peaceful way to explore Banff National Park. Rent a canoe or kayak from the Banff Canoe Club, or join one of our Interpretive Guided Voyageur Tours where you will be entertained with stories of the past, the history of canoeing and interesting local facts. No paddling experience is necessary. The canoe docks can be found just a short walk from central Banff.

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Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site of Canada

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
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Walk in the footsteps of Aboriginal Peoples, fur traders and David Thompson, the greatest land geographer that ever lived. Kayak in the North Saskatchewan river and indulge the imagination at four authentic fur trading post locations. Explore the peaceful 7 km of nature trails, play in a miniature fort, and marvel at a heritage bison herd. Tepee and trapper tent camping is available.

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Timberwolf Tours

Spruce Grove, Alberta

Offering a variety of guided tours in the Rocky Mountain National Parks of Banff, Jasper and Yoho and in northwestern British Columbia, the Yukon and Vancouver Island, Timberwolf Tours is all about adventure, sightseeing and family fun. Try a two-week camping and hiking tour in Banff and Jasper, fully escorted canoe adventures suitable for beginners, or a 16-day round trip bus tour through British Columbia and Alberta, staying at lovely hotels along the way. Watch for wildlife, meet the locals and experience the magic of Western Canada. Luxury tours are available for small groups.

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Kananaskis Outfitters

Kananaskis, Alberta
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Kananaskis Outfitters, is the leading tour operator and sports equipment rental facility in beautiful Kananaskis. We offer a wide variety of services for families and groups, including Voyageur canoe experiences, introduction to hiking trips, SUP lessons, snowshoe fondue tours, Nordic ski lessons, stargazing experiences, and so much more. We also operate a year round rental shop. Rental items include: mountain bikes, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, snowshoes, cross country skis and ice skates.

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