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Two people in kayaks paddling on Vermilion Lakes at sunrise
Paddling & Rafting

Paddle Vermilion Lakes

Winding waterways lead from Banff’s canoe dock through a forest so lush it almost feels like an alpine jungle. As you paddle past leafy trees and swaying grasses, the channels of 40 Mile Creek and Echo Creek give way to an expansive body of water – the first of the three Vermilion Lakes. Paddle through the marsh grass and watch the reeds part before you as your canoe, kayak or SUP glides silently across the water’s surface. Cruise along the lake below Mount Rundle, an exquisite representation of how the Rockies grew from the earth millennia ago.

Good To Know

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

Location

Distance from Banff:
2km
Distance from Lake Louise:
55km

When to go

Operating Dates

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

Local Tips

  • Vermilion Lakes is a wonderful place for beginners! The water is calm, and there are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife.

  • Set out early in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowds.

  • Weekdays are usually quieter than weekends.

  • Savings: Combine a rental from Banff Canoe Club with a two-hour bike rental from Banff Adventures for an ultimate explorer deal

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

  • Parks Canada

  • Live Parking Information

  • Weather Forecast

  • Speak to a local expert

Let's do this!

Banff Canoe Club

Activity & Tour Providers
Location
Banff Town
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SkiBig3 Adventure Hub

Sporting Goods & Apparel
Location
Banff Town
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Bow Valley SUP & Surf Inc.

Activity & Tour Providers
Location
Banff Town
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Radventures Canada

Activity & Tour Providers
Location
Banff Town
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