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Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

1. Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

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.

Calgary: Bow River Self-Guided Rafting Trip

2. Calgary: Bow River Self-Guided Rafting Trip

Choose the perfect raft for your group and find it ready for you at the meeting point. Float down the class I section of the Bow River, a relatively flat and calm part of the river. Use the current and flow of the river to guide you, and paddle at your leisure. The beautiful clear water of the Bow River originates from the Rocky Mountains glaciers. Take advantage of the clean water with a cooling swim in the river if you so desire. The easy rapids of the river mean you and your group can take over the “guide’s paddle”. Guide yourselves, call commands, and steer the raft as a team. The river will give you feedback on how you’re paddling, and it’s a chance to finish the day in exhilarating fashion. Once you reach the end of the rafting trip, simply hand over the equipment to the crew at the finishing point at St Patrick’s Island.

Calgary: Self-Guided Kayak Tour on the Bow River

3. Calgary: Self-Guided Kayak Tour on the Bow River

Enjoy the calmest section of the beautiful Bow River on this 2-hour kayak trip. Marvel at the clear water on the river that originates from the Rocky Mountain glaciers.  Meet at your starting location by the river where a friendly staff member will wait for you with your kayak and all the gears.  Experience the Calgary cityscapes and natural sights on Bow River, take in the fresh air, and even hop in the water for a swim or a float down.  After 2-hour of fun on the calm sections and easy rapids of Bow River, you can self-guide yourself to the drop-off point, located down the river at St Patrick's Island by the Calgary Zoo.  A staff member will be waiting for you there to pick-up all the equipment from you that you don’t need to run around to return items. Choose between a single or a double-kayak to make the most of your adventure.

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What people are saying about Bow River

The tour itself was great. However we didn’t start on time since they were waiting for another family to arrive. It clearly stated arrive 15 minutes ahead of departure. You snooze you lose. They snoozed and we lost 15 minutes of our adventure . Genevieve was great. Our grandkids aged 8 and 11 loved it as much as us. Moderate physical activity required. Lots of information delivered before and during the tour.

We loved our tour - there was 9 of us for a work trip and went canoeing to see some sights. Some in our group had never been and we all had a great time. Our guide, Ryan, was knowledgeable and funny. He pointed out the mountains in the area and provided lots of information about Banff and the surrounding area. I would definitely recommend the tour.

Very good family activity. We really enjoyed it. Liam was a great tour guide.

It was a great experience with a great guide. We had lots of fun!

Ryan was our tour guide and this experience was AMAZING!!!