A Big Canoe Tour paddling on the turquoise waters of the Bow River in Banff
A smiling tour guide steering the Big Canoe Tour in Banff
Guests at the docks of the Banff Canoe Club ready to set out on their Big Canoe tour on the Bow River

Paddle up the Bow River!

Big Canoe Tours

From $67

Adventure Details

Activity Level
Moderate / Active
May - Sep
1.5 hrs
All ages
In Banff

Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings on our Big Canoe Tours. 

As you journey upstream, our friendly and professional guides will entertain you with stories of the past, the history of canoeing, and provide interesting local facts. The River Explorer tour is perfect for the whole family and no paddling experience is necessary. It's a fun and interactive way to explore the beautiful Bow River.

Or join us on an early evening Wildlife Big Canoe tour and learn fun facts about animal habitats, behaviors and conservation. Escape the bustling Banff streets and get back to nature. Enjoy paddling up the scenic Bow while keeping your eyes peeled for some of the locals - bald eagles, elk, muskrats and maybe even “Barry” our resident beaver. Learn best practice for wildlife encounters and discover the challenges they face with increasing human interaction. You can’t get a more scenic backdrop for an interpretive wildlife tour.

Book your Adventure

River Explorer

Adult (12+): $67 Child (6-11): $33 Infant (2-5): Free

Wildlife on the Bow

Adult (12+): $67 Child (6-11): $33 Infant (2-5): Free
A tour guide giving an interpretive talk at the Banff Canoe Club before a Big Canoe Tour
People listening to a tour guide giving an interpretive talk at the Banff Canoe Club before a Big Canoe Tour
A child excited to head out on a Big Canoe tour on the Bow River in Banff
A Big Canoe tour on the beautiful Bow River in Banff
A Big Canoe tour heading down the Bow River with mountain views in Banff
  • Tours depart daily from the Banff Canoe Club (corner of Bow Ave and Wolf Street, Banff).
  • Tour includes guide, life jackets and paddle
  • Public Parking at the Banff Canoe Club is very limited. Please allow ample time to find parking in town and walk to the Docks. There is free public parking at the Banff Train Station.
  • There are no public washrooms on site. 
  • We are unable to store any personal belongings at the docks.
  • All participants will be required to sign a waiver. Children under 18 years of age, require a guardian to sign the waiver. View waiver here.

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