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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. Paddling on Alberta’s scenic lakes and rivers is a day with nature at its finest. Learn a traditional mode of transportation essential to aboriginals, early explorers and fur traders. Pack a picnic and paddle out to a distant shore or take on Alberta’s only backcountry canoe circuit. Step up your fitness, step into a kayak, and run some whitewater.
Canoeing on Lake Louise
Canoeing on Lac Beauvert

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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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Elkwater Lake Marina

Elkwater, Alberta

Marina stalls available for rent seasonally, monthly, weekly or daily. Two boat launches located directly beside the marina. Please call for more information.

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Up the Creek Kayaks and Canoes

Bonnyville, Alberta

The Lakeland's locally owned and operated paddling sports store. Selling quality kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), skimboards, vehicle racks, and many accessories. Whether you're looking for fun, fitness, fishing or just relaxation our friendly, knowledgeable advice will ensure you get the watercraft that will suit your needs and provide you with years of enjoyable paddling experiences. Contact us for store hours. Get off the shore, get out and explore!

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Athabasca River Paddle & Wilderness Adventure

Two and half days will focus on river paddling skills on the Athabasca River, and four days will be focused on bushcraft/survival skills with an opportunity for  an overnight survival campout deep in the nearby forest. This is our most unique and amazing trip. A truly unforgettable experience.

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Pyramid Lake Private Canoe Tour

WildCurrent specializes in private unique canoe adventures for couples friends and families. We'll take good care of you: Canoeing to shore for homemade treats and hot drinks. Per person, min. 2 riders needed. Must quote Travel Alberta to secure this discount.

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Tours

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Lake Isle Kayaking Adventures

Gainford, Alberta

Kayak Rentals and Kayaking/Camping Pkgs. We rent out kayaks by the hour to full day rates. Lake Isle is a beautiful quiet lake 14 miles long with 9 islands to stop off for lunch or explore. We are located just 50 min W of Edmonton.

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Red Deer River Adventures

Drumheller, Alberta

Red Deer River Adventures offers kayak and canoe rentals and guided tours on the Red Deer River. Join us on a tour of the scenic Red Deer River in the badlands of central Alberta or rent a kayak or canoe and experience the stunning scenery and unique geology of the area. Two-hour, half day and full day tours follow the path of the dinosaur hunters through the badlands of central Alberta.

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Kananaskis Outfitters

Kananaskis, Alberta
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Kananaskis Outfitters, located in the heart of Kananaskis Country, can provide you with all of your outdoor activity needs. We offer a wide variety of services for groups and families, including private tours, corporate team building events, wedding chair rentals and outdoor equipment sales. Contact us today to book.

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1913 Days Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake, Alberta
2017-06-09 to 2017-06-11 MST

Venture over to Sylvan Lake for 1913 Days! Come and explore from June 9th to 11th. There will be lots of exciting things to enjoy such as a parade, drive in movie, a street festival and much more!

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Bison Festival

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2017-08-19 to 2017-08-20 MST

Bison were nearly lost from North America! By the early 20th century, bison purchased from Montana and brought to the Elk Island National Park began to slowly rebuild their numbers. Today nearly every plains bison you see in southern Canada, whether in conservation or domestic herds, had an ancestor in Elk Island National Park! We think that's something to celebrate! Join us for this sensory festival celebrating all things bison, from conservation, to culture, to cuisine!

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Paddlefest

Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
2017-08-04 to 2017-08-07 MST

Slave River Paddlefest is held on the August long weekend every year (the very first weekend in August - usually around the 1st). Paddlefest includes instructional clinics, river trips, and fun, friendly competitions. There are events for kayaks, canoes, voyageur canoes, kids and adults. The Slave offers every type of paddling imaginable: from flatwater canoeing around beautiful islands to wild Class V and VI whitewater. Bring your kayak, canoe, or raft and join us for a paddling experience you’ll never forget! This isn't your average paddling festival.

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