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Stand up Paddleboarding, Banff National Park
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Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a fantastic way to enjoy some exercise and experience the park and its surroundings by water. Head out at dawn to watch the sun come up over the mountains and hear loons calling across the lake, or enjoy an afternoon of gentle rapids and brilliant views on a lively river.

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. 

Lakes

Vermilion Lakes in Banff provides great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Their waters are normally calm enough for novice paddlers and a wooden dock right off the road offers easy access. The three lakes have incredible views of Mount Rundle and are very close to Banff town. Other lakes that are excellent for paddleboarding include Johnson Lake and Two Jack Lake, as they tend to be more sheltered from the wind than Lake Minnewanka.

Stand up Paddleboarding, Banff National Park
Will Lambert | SkiBig3 Adventure Hub

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are idyllic locations for a SUP. Paddle the turquoise waters of Lake Louise with the striking Mount Victoria in the background and float on Moraine Lake as you are encircled by the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks.

Rivers and Backcountry

For more adventuresome and experienced SUPers, take things to the next level by riding the Bow River from Banff to Canmore or renting an inflatable board and hiking into pristine lakes in the Rocky Mountain wilderness.

Remember to plan ahead when going paddleboarding in the Canadian Rockies. The lakes are glacier fed and can be very cold if you happen to fall in. Beginners may want to consider renting a wetsuit while learning and choose a warmer day with little to no wind when paddling on a larger lake. Check Parks Canada weather conditions before you head out.

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Please note: Wearing a lifejacket on any watercraft including stand up paddleboards is a requirement set out by Transport Canada. For more information, visit the Transport Canada website.


Self-certification permits are required to paddle on any water body in Banff National Park. Permits are available online or at multiple locations throughout the park. Visit Parks Canada for more information.

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