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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

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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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Cameron Lake

Waterton, Alberta
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The Akamina Parkway is a winding mountain road which runs 10 miles along the Cameron Valley and ends at Cameron Lake. Chat with a roving Park Interpreter or discover the life of the ‘snow forest’ at lakeside exhibits and trails. A pleasant trail follows the western shore of the lake for one mile. Canoes, rowing boats and paddle boats can be rented at the lake.

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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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Haskin Canoe

Edmonton, Alberta

Haskin Canoe offers year-round adventures and courses throughout Alberta. Specializing in voyageur canoe tours, our company is also recognized as one of Paddle Canada’s leading canoe certification providers. In winter be sure to try one of our guided snowshoeing tours in Elk Island National Park, just outside of Edmonton.

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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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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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