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Paddling

John Price

Paddling

You’re in a canoe in the middle of the lake. Its waters are the most astonishing shade of turquoise and are surrounded on all sides by tall peaks, their rugged reflections shimmering on the lake surface. You trail a finger into the water and it is invigoratingly cold, the mingling of melted snow and ice from the surrounding mountains and glaciers. With the sun on your back and the only sound the lapping of water against the boat, it feels so beautifully tranquil.

Water activities are a memorable way to gain a different perspective and savour the tranquility of the stunning Rocky Mountains. The lakes and rivers of Banff and Lake Louise are some of the most pristine and picturesque you will ever see. You can explore them by canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP). Rentals are available through the Banff Canoe Club, Ultimate Ski & Ride (just SUP), and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise canoe docks (just canoes). You can purchase your own gear at Atmosphere in Banff. 

  • Canoe and Kayak

    Canoeing and kayaking the tranquil waters of Banff & Lake Louise is a fun family-friendly activity, perfect for a warm summer day. 

    Offering a different perspective of the stunning scenery of Banff National Park, canoeing and kayaking allow you to explore places that you cannot access by car or foot. Bring your own boat or rent one lakeside. 

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  • Stand Up Paddleboarding

    Skim silently over the water and enjoy some exercise with stand up paddleboarding on the lakes and rivers of Banff & Lake Louise. 

    Stand up paddleboarding is a peaceful and invigorating way to savour the scenic waters of Banff National Park. It is a magical experience to paddleboard on an alpine lake when the sun is shining and the surrounding peaks are reflected in the still water. 

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