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

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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.

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Touring Kayak Trips or Routes


Day Use Area
Two Jack Lake - Usually calm waters. When the wind picks up, it's sometimes difficult to get to the south end & the creek. The depth varies throughout. According to - Average depth 6.1 m / 20 ft Max depth 15.2 m / 49.9 ft. Easy paddling north toward Lake Minnewanka (not connected, there's a big dam). Possible to paddle almost to Johnson Lake Road on the creek under the railroad bridge.
Lake Access
Lake Minnewanka - Very large lake with endless surprises. This lake does require experience, as the winds can make this lake very dangerous, but nothing that should keep you away. It is a beautiful lake just outside Banff, Alberta. Full day paddle, but every second is with it.


Banff Canoe Club

403 762 5005

corner of Wolf St & Bow Ave

Rad Adventures


Banff, AB T1L1E8, CA

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Paddle Junkies

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