Water activity

Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

4.8 / 5

62 reviews

Activity provider: Banff Adventures
Water activity

Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

Activity provider: Banff Adventures

From US$ 49.56 per person

Delve deep into the Banff National Park and admire the breathtaking scenery from the water on this family-friendly big canoe adventure. Paddle along the pretty Bow River and listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of Canadian history and heritage.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Experience the beauty of Banff National Park from a canoe
  • Take in views of the famous Bow River and the Canadian Rockies above
  • Keep an eye out for the wildlife on the shore
  • Enjoy this easy paddle tour, suitable for all ages and any experience level
  • Learn fun facts and local history from your guide
Full description
Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River on a family-friendly canoe tour. Get ready to be amazed by extraordinary views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies around you. This sightseeing tour is perfect for the whole family and doesn't require any previous experience. Meet at the Banff Canoe Club, just a 5-minute walk from downtown Banff. As you journey upstream, your expert guide will entertain you with stories of the past, history of canoeing, and interesting local facts. Admire the scenery around you, while learning how to paddle as a team. After 1 and a half hours of fun, enjoy a complimentary, refreshing lemonade on the shore.
  • All required safety equipment
  • Lemonade
  • Certified guide
  • All taxes and fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

The Banff Canoe Club, located at the corner of Wolf Street and Bow Ave: 228 Bow Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A5, Canada

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 62 reviews

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This was a lovely way to begin our time at Banff! CJ was a fun, engaging, and knowledgeable guide who make our time on the Bow River relaxing but also piqued our excitement about all that he detailed on the tour- from bears to beaver lodges, Banff history to current conditions, it was a joy to take it all in. I especially appreciated his patience and attentiveness to our 4 year old’s questions! I highly recommend this tour as a family experience and a smooth, easy way to get on the beautiful Bow!

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March 30, 2023

Both the guides was great safety is top priority for them and canoe were night clean they help us in boarding the canoe as well they safely let us finish the adventure. They deliver information about history and also related to the wild life of mountains, it’s super amazing activity with a very excellent crew of Banff canoe club, I will visit again.

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March 30, 2023

Perfect afternoon activity. We learned much about the local area and wildlife- even saw an Osprey chick in its nest. Mitch guided the canoe and kept it perfectly in balance. We did not get wet at all- not even our feet. We also appreciated the fact that the guides took the time at the beginning of the tour to have everyone introduce themselves and taught us how to use canoe paddles. There was one member of the group that was not physically able to paddle and that was fine. She was still able to enjoy the ride. It was a highlight of our time in Banff.

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March 30, 2023

Product ID: 290100