Canoeing & Kayaking Summer Outdoor Activities

Great news! Since the dinosaurs went extinct, Alberta's crystal clear lakes and sandy beaches are free for the enjoying. That means lake swimming and boating are perfect ways to indulge in Alberta’s hot summer days.

• Good to know: Alberta lakes come in every shade from pale blue to milky turquoise. Many were left behind by retreating glaciers, but lake-loving humans have dug great urban ones too.

• Boat curious: Paddle as much or as little as you want. Sign up for a boat tour surrounded by mountains or rent a two-person canoe for the voyageur experience.

• How to swim: Gentle, shallow and warm. No, not the apres-ski hot tub. That's central Alberta's prairie lakes.

Canoeing & Kayaking Spots

See All

Up the Creek Kayaks and Canoes

Bonnyville, Alberta

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!

Wish List Read More

The Banff Canoe Club

Banff, Alberta
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

Reviews

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.

Wish List Read More

The Banff Canoe Club

Banff, Alberta
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

Reviews

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.

Wish List Read More

Travel Offers

See All

Save 8%

Best of Banff

Explore Banff on one of most popular packages: 1 hour canoe rental, 1 hour horseback ride and Banff Gondola admission. Based on 2 people in a canoe.

Expires: 2019-10-19
Save 8%
Wish List View Deal
Save 10%

Peaks and Paddle

Get back to nature and explore the Bow River on a canoe tour before reaching new heights on the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift. Prices are per person. Chairlift can be substituted for a gondola pass at an additional cost.

Expires: 2019-10-19
Save 10%
Wish List View Deal

Adult Canoeing 101 at Camp Chief Hector

Get your feet wet with flatwater canoeing! You will learn tandem flatwater fundamentals including paddle strokes, directional turning, stopping, launching and landing techniques. You’ll learn Transport Canada’s safety equipment requirements, self-rescue skills and what essentials to pack in your canoe.

Expires: 2019-09-19
Wish List View Deal

Tours

See All

Wild Current Outfitters

Jasper, Alberta
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

Reviews

Wild Current Outfitters (WCO) is a travel adventure company located in the mountain town of Jasper, Alberta. We offer canoe trips on Pyramid Lake and other majestic wilderness lakes in Jasper National Park. Our goal is to exceed our guests’ expectations by offering an authentic Rocky Mountain wilderness experience which will provide lasting memories of Jasper National Park and the Canadian Rockies.No experience is necessary as this is a flat water experience so you don’t get wet, and your certified canoe guide will offer instruction on paddling as you enjoy the panoramic vistas and mountain peaks. Be sure to keep your cameras handy for the chance to observe the local wildlife including osprey, loon, muskrat, beaver, moose, black and grizzly bear, elk, deer, coyotes, and wolves.Safety equipment is provided. Our life jackets include camera pockets and guests are requested to dress for the weather based on up-to-date forecasts. We provide rain gear, gloves and toques (winter hats).Your canoe will be a five-to-eight passenger handmade cedar-strip Voyageur Canoe, or a two-to-four passenger Clipper McKenzie Canoe.

Wish List Read More

Hunter Valley Adventures

Cochrane, Alberta
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

Reviews

Hunter Valley Adventures is your outdoor connection for whitewater rafting on Alberta's Upper Red Deer River! Allow them to design your dream adventure in the beautiful Alberta foothills. Combine rafting with hiking, horse back riding, fishing, yoga, and more. Hunter Valley Adventures has a camp located on the Upper Red Deer River and provides rustic cabins in a natural setting. Great for family reunions, group events, and team building. See you soon!

Wish List Read More

Aquabatics Calgary

Calgary, Alberta
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

Reviews

With the Canadian Rockies nearby, Aquabatics Calgary is ideally positioned to be Canada’s leading paddlesports retail and education facility. Aquabatics Calgary helps both beginners and accomplished paddlers improve technique and learn to tour different locales by offering lessons, including tours in the Kananaskis. They strive to offer a high-quality, personalized experience with a focus on safety, skill development and fun. They also offer paddlesports rentals.

Wish List Read More

Events

See All

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

Banff, Alberta
2019-05-13 to 2019-09-21 MST

Intro to SUP Banff, AlbertaThis course gives you the basic skills to succeed and advance in the future. The Intro course is fun with an emphasis on getting on the board confidently and safely. A lesson is a great way to start if you have never SUP'd before. Intermediates will also love the course as they will get to try a variety of boards and hone in on their paddle skills. No previous experience required. Great for families, groups or individuals. No age restrictions. Our Paddle Canada certified instructors will have you feeling confident and knowledegeable before heading on the water.

Wish List Read More