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Canoeing & Kayaking Summer Outdoor Activities

The rowing machine at the gym? It’s nothing like that. Swap the euro-dance hits with soft and rippling waves in the wake of a beaver. That’s more like it. Canoeing was commuting before Canada was a thing. And if you want something more high-energy, kayaking and rafting is like a real-life log ride down the river. ● Do this: There are travellers, and then there are voyageurs. Book a half-day canoe trip on Jasper’s Pyramid Lake. Epic views, no experience needed. ● Whitewater: Getting drenched to the skin doesn't get any more exciting. Navigate the cool waters of a mountain river with an experienced guide. 

Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park | Forrest Mankins

Carseland | Andrew Penner

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Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Alberta
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In 1890, Lake Louise was a wild outpost at the end of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today this hamlet, lake and its surrounding area offer some of the finest hiking, skiing and sightseeing in the world. The lake, with its turquoise hue and glacial backdrop, is by far the area's most popular destination. Summer offers iconic photography, lakeshore strolls, hiking, climbing, canoeing and horseback riding. Winter offers Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and skating in a magical, snowy wonderland. Tips: The lake is ice-free by mid-June. From November through April enjoy a designated snowshoe trail or walk the Lakeshore Trail.

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Moraine Lake

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Moraine Lake's brilliant blue-green waters are sheltered in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Take a forested stroll along the shore or climb atop The Rockpile for breathtaking vantage points. Canoeing, hiking, walking and photography are popular here. Moraine Lake Road is open mid-June through to mid-October. Arrive before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. in July, August and September.

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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 downtown Banff.

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Alberta Adventure

This self-drive adventure takes you to some of Alberta's most loved places such as turquoise Moraine Lake and beautiful Banff. Explore the hidden gem of Waterton National Park and visit the UNESCO heritage site of Head-Smash-In Buffalo Jump, then step back in time in Drumheller, known as Canada's Dinosaur Capital.

Offered By: 1st Class Holidays

Expires: 2018-09-29
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Banff and Lake Louise

Two iconic Canadian Rockies destinations are the popular resort town of Banff and the jewel of the Rockies, Lake Louise.  A haven for anyone looking for a true Canadian adventure with lots of outdoor activities on offer. You can hike, canoe and horse ride your way through Banff National Park.  

Offered By: Canadian Affair

Expires: 2018-10-01
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Guided River Trips

Peace River, Alberta
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Our summer guided paddling trips include all food, gear, and shuttling. Most are suitable for beginner paddlers. Join our scheduled excursions into the Peace River wilderness, or ask about a custom one day trip for a leisurely taste of paddling. Lots of campfire camaraderie, skill building, and photography opportunities await. Ask us about our airport shuttle service.

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Creative Western Adventures Ltd.

Calgary, Alberta

Creative Western Adventures is a niche inbound tour operator specializing in nature & culture (aboriginal) travel. Our journeys connect the visitors to the land and the people. They are restorative, sustainable, responsible, educational and experiential. 'Together we immerse in nature, feel, sense, see with other eyes - we listen to our heart and venture into the unknown' Deep experiences lead to a new awareness of our relationship with Self, Earth and Society; they help us remember the Laws of Nature and how to live in harmony with all our relations. They are the true long lasting adventures!

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Incept Adventure Co.

Cardston, Alberta
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Nestled in the corner of beautiful South West Alberta & servicing the Waterton Lakes National park & Glacier National park area, Incept Adventure Co. is a fresh, vibrant and energetic outdoor pursuits company. Trained guides provide rafting, kayaking, and fishing adventures. Whether playing on the river with us, wrestling your next fish or learning from one of our training programs we have something for all.

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Parks Day

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2018-07-21 To 2018-07-21 MST

Celebrate the outdoors by learning new ways to explore and create memories at Elk Island National Park. Exploring by canoe, camping under star-filled skies, and outdoor living are all traditions that have been part of Canada’s legacy. Come embrace these timeless traditions by learning how to navigate a canoe or gain outdoor adventure skills at a “Learn to Camp” workshop. Top it all off by bringing a picnic to share with your family and friends as live music by local artists fills the air with festive spirit.

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Canada Day

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2018-07-01 To 2018-07-01 MST

Celebrate Canada Day in nature at Elk Island National Park! Imagine early explorers who navigated Canada’s rivers to map this expansive country as you explore the many islands of Astotin Lake in a canoe. Later spread a blanket and share a picnic with your family and friends as lively music fills the air. Lift your voice alongside fellow Canadians in singing the Canadian national anthem to celebrate the legacy of this beloved country.

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