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, the Adventure Hub on Banff Avenue, and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise canoe docks (just canoes). You can purchase your own gear at Atmosphere in Banff.
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.