Water activity

Banff: Wildlife on the Bow River Big Canoe Tour

4.4 / 5

28 reviews

Activity provider: Banff Adventures

Banff: Wildlife on the Bow River Big Canoe Tour

Activity provider: Banff Adventures

From US$ 48.88 per person

Paddle along the majestic Bow River in Banff National Park during this evening, wildlife-watching big canoe tour. Dip your oars into the water as a team and take in the wildlife and mountain scenery as your guide tells you about the animals and land.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Paddle up the beautiful Bow River in a big canoe
  • Enjoy a family-friendly wildlife tour with interpretation and guidance
  • Take in stunning views of Banff National Park from your canoe
  • Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife, such as bald eagles, elks, and deer
Full description
Discover life on the Bow River in a 12-seat Canoe. Start the tour in the evening and learn fun facts about animal habitats, behaviors, and conservation in the region. 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 like bald eagles, elk, muskrats, and maybe even “Barry” the resident beaver. Let our informative guides share the best practices for wildlife encounters and discover the challenges they face with increasing human interaction.
  • All equipment such as life jackets and paddles
  • Professional guides
  • All taxes and fees
  • Lemonade
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at the Banff Canoe Club, located on the corner of Wolf Street and Bow Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A5, Canada

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Important information

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  • This tour is suitable for adults and kids. No experience required.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

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Visited this Thanksgiving weekend, it was actually the last tour of the season. We lucked out with the perfect day to be on the water. The sun was out and the weather was very warm for a fall day. We had a terrific guide in Mitch. He was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. If your in the area I recommend this wonderful experience.

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October 11, 2022

This was my very first nature adventure in Banff National Park as well as in the Canadian Rockies and it was a great introduction! We traveled a decent amount upstream, def far enough so we'd have a great chance to actually see some wildlife, plus you have some amazing views on Mt. Rundle from the Bow River. Becca was a very fun and engaging guide with plenty of stories. They had a great division of groups and a good idea of how to spread people within the boat. Definitely a must-do for Banff water / wildlife lovers.

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November 3, 2022


Really fun and informative. We saw some beavers and osprey and a bald eagle. Mountains were pretty and the river was very pretty.

August 29, 2022

Product ID: 290110