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
- 1-3 hrs
- Rentals starting from $45/ hour
- May - Oct
- Distance from Banff:
- Distance from Lake Louise:
When to go
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
Canoe, kayak or SUP rentals are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Pre-book your SUP rental from select providers