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Group of people paddling the Bow River on a Big Canoe Tour with the Banff Canoe Club
Paddling & Rafting

Paddle the Bow River

The waters of the Bow River travel from glaciers high amidst the peaks of the Rockies. Alpine creeks converge, and the river grows as it swirls down the Bow Valley in aquamarine currents. Sections of the river are accessible to experienced paddlers who thrive on the thrill of a trip down the Bow. Feel the surge and flow of the water as you move with the waves and explore quiet eddies and hidden channels.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy
Duration
1-3 hrs
Cost
Rentals starting from $45/ hour
When
May - Oct

Location

Distance from Banff:
1km
Distance from Lake Louise:
57km

When to go

Operating Dates

MonthOperating Status
JanClosed
FebClosed
MarClosed
AprClosed
MayOpen
JunOpen
JulOpen
AugOpen
SepOpen
OctOpen
NovClosed
DecClosed

Busy Times

Weekends

Local Tips

  • Keep an eye out for local wildlife that call the Bow River and it's banks home. If you're lucky you might see beavers, osprey, elk, and even a bear.

  • For a more immersive experience sign up for a guided Big Canoe Tour with the Banff Canoe Club.

Getting There

  • Enjoy a short walk from downtown Banff to the Banff Canoe Docks

More Information

  • Canoe, kayak or SUP rentals are available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Pre-book your SUP rental from select providers

Useful Links

Let's do this

Choose from the following local providers to get you on the river

Banff Canoe Club

Activity & Tour Providers
Location
Banff Town
See details about Banff Canoe Club

SkiBig3 Adventure Hub

Sporting Goods & Apparel
Location
Banff Town
See details about SkiBig3 Adventure Hub

Bow Valley SUP & Surf Inc.

Activity & Tour Providers
Location
Banff Town
See details about Bow Valley SUP & Surf Inc.

Radventures Canada

Activity & Tour Providers
Location
Banff Town
See details about Radventures Canada