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

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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

Canmore

Canmore to Highway 1 Bridge
Bow River - The run to the Highway Bridge is an easy class 1 section suitable for beginners. Small eddies on either side of the river are good for learning eddy turns. Spring flows make for a very powerful and swift current.
Boat Launch
Lower Kananaskis Lake - Lower Kananaskis Lake is a beautiful alpine lake created by a dam on the Kananaskis River. It has cold water year round, beautiful views and is largely sheltered from the wind. This often makes it a safer option than its more exposed little brother Upper Kananaskis Lake.
Boat Launch
Upper Kananaskis Lake - Upper Kananaskis Lake is a gorgeous mountain lake created by a dam on the Kananaskis River. More exposed to wind and elements than its big brother Lower Kananaskis Lake, paddlers need to be ready for sudden weather changes and strong winds. Absolutely gorgeous surroundings in the Rocky Mountains, and there are options for camping and overnight excursions.
Driftwood Boat Launch
Spray Lakes Reservoir - The lake lies in the recreational area of Kananaskis Country, and defines the eastern edge of Spray Valley Provincial Park. An assortment of recreational areas are established on both shores. • Spray Lakes West Provincial Recreation Area • Sparrowhawk Provincial Recreation Area • Buller Mountain Provincial Recreation Area • Mount Shark Trailhead Provincial Recreation Area The western shore is paralleled by hiking trails, and picnic sites and campgrounds are set up on both sides of the lake.
Beach
Quarry Lake - A small lake in just up the hill from Canmore. A very popular summertime hang out. The water is super warm and it is protected from the wind. Great for kids to have some paddling freedom on.
Canmore Reservoir Boat Launch
Canmore Reservoir - Easily accessible from the town of Canmore. Beautiful water colour and amazing mountain views of the surrounding peaks.
Above the Dam
Goat Pond - A small pond close to the town of Canmore. It doesnt look like much from the road but when you get to the back of the lake it is quite lovely. Abundant bird and wildlife.
Canmore Canal
Bow River - Fantastic float trip through Canmore. A great way to spend a summer afternoon for those new to river paddling, or those who like chill floating.
Canmore to Seebe Dam
Bow River - The upper section after Trans-Canada Overpass has possible log jams and sweepers in the first section which had a decent flow and made for an exhilarating start to the trip. Bends are tight. Scout around bends to ensure that are clear of log jams as a couple of the log jams had to be portaged. The lower section of this reach was slow and windy near Exshaw.

Resources

Bow Valley Kayak Club

587-585-8711

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