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Looking for the best places to Canoe in and around Calgary? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Canoe in and around Calgary.

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Diverse is how we would best describe the paddling in this mountain/prairie province. In the west of the province runs are characterized by beautiful backdrops, continuous rivers and cold water. Everything from mellow multi day floats in national parks to hairy class V creeking is available in the west. As you move further east the gradient drops but there are still plentiful paddling options for those looking to float mellow rivers in really unique surroundings. It is a huge province so don't neglect to look north and south too. A very worthwhile paddling destination in it's own right.

Area Sponsor

Aquabatics Calgary

Canoe Trips or Routes

Calgary

Baker Park to Pearce Estate Park (multiple access points)
Bow River - The Bow River in Calgary is a fantastic float trip that gives you some unique views of this cool city. For the most part it is a lazy Class I float with hazards mainly being bridge pillars, the odd wood snag, cold water and high spring runoff flows. Check out the map for the different access and egress points on this stretch. It really is a great way to explore Calgary. There are great beginner eddies at Bowness Park. This can be great 'park and play' beginner paddling.
Harvie's Passage Right Channel
Bow River - We have broken this up into right channel and left channel posts. The river right channel is the Class II beginner channel. A smooth concrete bottom, great eddy lines, small waves and a good runout make this a great spot for beginner and early level intermediate paddlers. There will also be a slalom section set up in this channel
Fish Creek to Carseland
Bow River - A full day float trip on the beautiful Bow River. Can be split into multiple shorter sections if desired. Very popular with anglers.
Graves Bridge to Fish Creek Park
Bow River - A neat float trip through the south of Calgary. Watch for bridge pillars and the odd tree.
Multiple Boat Launches
Glenmore Reservoir - Great paddling location with dock close to Calgary. Popular for after work and Weaselhead has great bird life and is a unique trip.
Ogden Eddies
Bow River - Neat spot in town to practice eddy turns, ferry glides and attainments behind bridge pillars. Can be paddled at a variety of flows, as long as the river is not frozen over.
Sandy Beach to McDonald Bridge
Elbow River - An incredibly popular float in the summer for Calgarians. It can be bumper to bumper with recreational tube and rafters on hot summer days. In the spring and early summer there is enough water to make a trip in a kayak, canoe etc worthwhile.
Springbank Heights Way
Bearspaw Reservoir - Bearspaw reservoir is a little known gem for a great flat water paddle if you’re willing to navigate a little tougher put in. The reservoir is a long narrow stretch of water that offers flat water paddlers an opportunity paddle 20 to 25 km’s of shoreline.
Elbow Springs Golf Club to Weaselhead Flats
Elbow River - Grade 2 water run approximately 13k, 4 hours. Plenty of room for portage or avoiding faster moving water. Recommended skill level beginner/average kayaking. Occasional wood obstacles both under surface and above. Room to avoid both.
Bowness Park to Bow River Pathway Bridge on Memorial Drive
Bow River - Wide open river and dependent on weather conditions, relatively fast flowing. Very easy to float along with little effort required. Lots of eddies and flat water to egress along islands/river banks. Inner City paddle with occasional wildlife sightings.

Resources

Aquabatics Calgary

8774409283

5063 11th Street SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 1M7

http://www.aquabaticscalgary.com

Lazy Day Raft Rentals

(403) 258-0575

720 3 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N9

http://www.lazydayraftrentals.com

Whitewater Paddling Club Calgary

7807816814

8624 47 Ave NW, Calgary, AB, T3B 2A2

https://www.whitewaterpaddlingclub.org/

University of Calgary Outdoor Centre

4032205038

KNB180 | 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA T2N 1N4

https://outdoor-centre.ucalgary.ca/

Alberta Slalom (ABSL)

613 292 3871

Local Paddling Clubs

Paddle Junkies

whitewater kayaking club focused on bridging the gap for adult beginner, novice and intermediate kayaking in Calgary and surrounding area