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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 Moraine Lake Banff National Park
Canoeing on Moraine Lake

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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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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. Tipi and trapper tent camping is available.

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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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Happy Hour on the River

Take your mind off the job and unwind with us. On summer weekdays after work, you drift through the Edmonton downtown river valley in either a kayak or 2-person canoe. Paddle as much or as little as you like and take in this unique view of Edmonton. $80/canoe for 2.

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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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Jasper Canoe Adventure - Early Booking Discount

Wild Current specializes in small group, unique canoe adventures for couples, friends and families. Enjoy the incredible sights and wildlife in true Canadian fashion in a hand crafted Canoe with baked goods and hot drinks. Take advantage of a $20 savings for advanced reservations.

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Bow Valley Stand Up Paddleboarding

Canmore, Alberta
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Come explore the waters of the Great Canadian Rockies. We offer SUP rentals, lessons, tours and SUP Yoga in Banff and Canmore, Alberta. We would love to see you on the water this summer!

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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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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. Shuttles to pick up and drop off points also available.

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Events

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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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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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Parks Day

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2017-07-15 to 2017-07-15 MST

Get back to nature this Parks Day at Elk Island National Park. With musical performances, children and adult alike will experience nature like never before. Try your hand at Learn To activities including fire building, pemmican making and canoeing! Come out to Elk Island National Park and experience the great Canadian tradition of a day at the park with your friends and family!

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