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Paddling & Rafting

Paddling Johnson Lake

By Canadian Rockies standards, Johnson Lake could be considered a small lake. Of course, around here, standards are rather high. Johnson Lake has the “warmest” water of the lakes around Banff and is a picturesque playground for paddling adventurers.

With the sun shining down on your shoulders and radiating off the ripples in the water, it’s delightfully tempting to dip a toe (or maybe more) into the refreshing alpine water. Pause for a moment in the middle of the lake and lookup for a unique angle of Cascade Mountain watching over the surroundings.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy
Duration
1-3 hrs
Cost
Rentals starting from $49
When
May - Oct

Location

Distance from Banff:
11km
Distance from Lake Louise:
68km

When to go

Operating Dates

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

Local Tips

  • The water in Johnson Lake is as warm as it gets in Banff, bring your swimsuit and go for a dip after your paddle.

  • SUP rentals are available in Banff or you can bring your own canoe, kayak or SUP.

Getting There

  • Roam Route 6: Daily service operating May - September

More Information

  • Pre-book your SUP rental to guarantee availability

Useful Links

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SUP rentals available from

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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