Banff Adventures - Canoe & Kayak Rentals

We offer canoe or kayak rentals to showcase the sights and sounds of Banff National Park from the water. We also offer stand-up paddle-board (SUP) rentals for those that want to explore the waterways on their own.

Glide in a canoe or kayak on crystal-clear waters, enjoy the tranquillity of nature and explore the Bow River as it winds through the valleys. No matter your previous experience, at whatever pace you prefer, we have just the option for you!

If being a passenger is more your style, join one of our Big Canoe Tours. These 12 seat canoes are fully guided, so help us paddle while learning some fun facts about the area and keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife.


Looking to explore the waterways in Banff? Visit the Banff Canoe Club to rent a canoe, kayak or SUP. Check out our great rental rates or packages that include canoeing and other popular Banff activities. Or if a tour is more your style, check out our popular Big Canoe Tours.



Banff Canoe Club

Looking for some relaxing time on the water? We have canoes, kayaks or SUP rentals for a peaceful trip down the Bow River; a quintessential Canadian activity. The Banff Canoe Club is located just 5 minutes from downtown Banff, a fun and convenient adventure for all ages. The Banff Canoe Club season is from mid May - October, depending on weather conditions. Rentals are first come, first served, we do not take reservations.

Rental Information

  • Canoe, SUP and Kayak rentals
  • Include life jacket & paddle
  • Located at the corner of Bow Ave and Wolf Street, Banff
Banff Canoe Club - Rates and Information



Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings whilst on a Big Canoe Tour. As you journey upstream, our guides will entertain you with stories of the past, history of canoeing and interesting local facts. Every tour includes life jackets and paddles plus instruction on how to paddle as a team. Choose from the River Explorer Tour or the Wildlife on The Bow Tour, which focusses on animal behaviours, habitat and spotting.

Or join us on a group kayak paddle to explore the Bow River. Check out the local wildlife, capture that perfect picture in front of Mount Rundle and maybe even catch a glimpse of our resident beaver, Barry. Connect with nature and other kayakers as you enjoy the serene surroundings and picturesque views from Vermilion Lake. Our friendly hosts will help answer your questions and point you in the right direction.



Great for the whole family



A  fun way to explore the beautiful waterways of Banff National Park. Perfect for families.

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Perfect for wildlife spotting



You can’t get a more scenic backdrop for an interpretive wildlife tour. Tour is on a Big Canoe!

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Kayak Experience

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Paddle with a group up the Bow River and capture that perfect picture of Mount Rundle.

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Combine the best of Banff by land and water -  2 hour bike and 2 hour canoe rental.

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Combine Rafting and canoeing



Enjoy our Kicking Horse Classic Rafting trip with a 2 hour canoe rental on the beautiful Bow River. It's a paddling day!

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Journey up the Bow River on a canoe, soar on either the Norquay chairlift or Banff Gondola and complete your experience with a scenic horseback ride.

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Canoe & Kayak Rentals in Banff

Canoeing and kayaking in the Rockies is an unparalleled experience for many; season after season, both local and international visitors flock to our waters to revel in the picturesque serenity of our lakes and rivers. From the exhilarating Forty Mile Creek kayak excursion ending at Vermillion Lakes to a scenic canoe paddle up the Bow River, the Canadian Rockies hold many adventures for visitors to enjoy.


Visit the Banff Canoe Club

Canoeing and kayaking are a great way to experience nature’s tranquillity, the sights, smells, and sounds of the Canadian Rockies, in a much more immersive way. We have a range of canoes and kayaks to choose from, including our big canoe tours for those who prefer to be guided down the river. PFDs and safety equipment are included with every tour to ensure you safely enjoy your time on the water.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What will the size of the tour group be?
    We can accommodate up to 12 people per boat for our big boat canoe tours for both the Wildlife on the Bow and River Explorer tours. Our other canoes fit two people per canoe, and our kayaks have both single and double capacity rentals available. There may be further capacity limitations for the Big Canoe tours due to Covid restrictions.
  2. Will PFDs be provided, or will we have to rent or bring our own?
    Personal floatation devices (PFDs) are included with every canoe and kayak rental.


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