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Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour

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Banff, Canada
 Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Delve deep into the Banff National Park and admire the scenery from the water on this canoe adventure. Paddle along the pretty Bow River and listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of Canadian history and heritage. Watch the riverbanks for sightings of native wildlife, then finish your canoe tour with light refreshments.
  • Canoe tour in the Banff National Park
  • Paddle through the Banff National Park by canoe with your guide
  • Keep watch for sightings of native animal and bird life
  • Gain insight into Banff’s rich native history
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Light refreshments
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Banff Canoe Club , Corner of Bow Ave and, Wolf St, Banff, AB T1L 1A8, Canada

Located on the Corner of Bow Avenue & Wolf Street, Banff

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hydra River Guides
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "It was a great tour and I highly recommend it to anyone and especially for families." See review

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star-3
NOT THAT FUN
Dennis_B
, Aug 2022
Guide did well with explaining information about the area however there were no wild life sightings at all
star-5
A pleasant paddle
Steve_T
, Aug 2022
A really lovely way to spend some time. Jon was a great guide, he was very informative and knowledgeable. The paddling was not too strenuous and on the return we didn't need to paddle as the current took us back.
star-5
Great Canoe Trip
Brian_C
, Aug 2022
Informative trip, excellent scenery. Our guide Tristin was great! He had lots of information on the surrounding area
star-5
Lovely afternoon canoe trip
Russell_B
, Aug 2022
Great friendly and informative tour. Keira was a great guide. Lovely canoe down the Bow River with great scenery.
star-5
Wonderful memorable experience!
Kathy_L
, Aug 2022
Tour guides Marc and John were wonderful. Canoes were solid. Safety was covered. It was a lot of fun and very easy. Highly recommend!
star-5
Lovely family experience.
MRDM_F
, Aug 2022
So peacful on the water, it was just a bit too hot. Great views and very informative. The pace was leisurly and the guide helpful.
star-5
Fun outing on Bow River
ljroesch
, Jul 2022
Fun and informative canoeing trip with friendly people from all over the world. Our guide, Alec, was great! Tour was convenient if staying in Banff and also nearby public transportation. Wildlife sightings were very limited, but learned a lot about the history of the area and enjoyed beautiful views! Highly recommend!
star-1
Running late our fault. ...
John_S
, Jul 2022
Running late our fault. They said we would hold it and they didn't. Ask to switch to new trip and they what us to pay again.
star-3
Weather conditions prevented us from enjoying the experience
Arjun_C
, Jul 2022
Unfortunately we barely got on to the canoe. There were thunderstorms and the trip had to be abandoned.
star-2
Disappointing trip
Amanda_W
, Jul 2022
Disappointing & expensive experience shared unexpectedly with another family. Less than 1 hour there and back on a relatively uneventful and characterless part of the river. One positive was the guides knowledge of the area, river and wildlife.
star-5
Guides were very...
Elizabeth_B
, Jul 2022
Guides were very knowledgeable and interesting and entertaining . They took the time to explain the safety rules and answer any questions . They were patient with us when we were not paddling correctly and took the time to show us how to paddle correctly . The scenery was so beautiful from the canoe .We would take this tour again when we come back . We love the big canoe, very beautifully kept . Thank you again .
star-5
Fun Canoe Ride!
Teresa_S
, Jul 2022
Fun canoe ride with a great guide. Beautiful scenery and our guide Becca gave us interesting information about the river along the way. Would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Best tour so far. Using the same Company for a Lake Louise tour as well.
KLary_P
, Jul 2022
Besides the magic of Banff, our tour guide Corey was exceptional. He was loaded knowledge about the park and full of energy. The eight of us left the tour in love with the history and magic of this place and very grateful to Corey for such a magical experience ♥️
star-5
Very well organized and...
Sura_N
, Jul 2022
Very well organized and knowledgeable staff Highly recommended for families and couples. Encourage anyone visiting Banff and area to try it.
star-5
Lose yourself in the beauty of Bow River.
nancyvarughese
, Jul 2022
Austin was a wonderful guide, answered all the questions and gave us such rich insights into the history of Bow River and Banff. This is a great way to do a guided ride on the river if you dont want to do it on your own.
star-4
Great idea, tough weather
Sally_R
, Jun 2022
The river was beautiful and our guide, Corey, was excellent. We saw a great osprey nest and a few osprey, which was neat, and seeing Banff from the river is another great way to take in the landscape. Our only problems were weather and the other passengers. It was very cold and very windy, so the river was moving very fast. We needed everyone in the canoe to paddle, but half of the canoe did not so we were never able to actually get up the river, instead turning around halfway. The canoe trip is a great idea and has real possibilities, but you should know going into it that you do have to paddle for the first 30-45 minutes, and at times paddle with a lot of force. If you just want to sit and take photos, do a float trip instead of the canoe trip, which we also did and was very relaxing and required no work from the passengers. Also, the trip is really not for kids who are not old enough to paddle continuously. There was a child age 4 or 5 on board who got a paddle and just dragged it thru the water and splashed people, which was not fun for the other passengers. All in all, a neat idea that we would try again, but with hopefully better weather conditions and a full canoe of people willing to paddle.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Can you canoe? Absolutely!
Penny_C
, Jun 2022
Alex was our guide and he was fantastic! He is articulate and has a very pleasing manner. He gave us the choice of turning the canoe ourselves or having him turn it, and we chose US because his very clear directions made us feel safe. Thanks so much, Alec!
star-5
Canoe Fun
Jenny_W
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Mark was very knowledgeable and helpful. In spite of the wind, we completed the trip. Lots of fun!
star-5
Becky
JAMES_U
, Jun 2022
Having Becky as our guide was a great asset. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. Did not see any animals…but was still fun.
star-5
Do not pass up this adventure
RAYMOND_B
, Jun 2022
This a adventure that no one should miss. Mark our guide was so knowledgeable and helpful to everyone

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