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

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Aquabatics Calgary

Whitewater Kayak Trips or Routes


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.
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.


Aquabatics Calgary


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

Lazy Day Raft Rentals

(403) 258-0575

720 3 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N9

Whitewater Paddling Club Calgary


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

University of Calgary Outdoor Centre


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

The Paddle Station Calgary

(888) 988-7238

Shouldice Athletic Park, 5227 13th Ave NW, Calgary, AB, T3B 1J1

Sports Rent

403) 292 – 0077

4424 16th ave NW, Calgary Alberta T3B 0M4

Calgary Canoe Club


7305 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, AB T3E 6B5

Calgary Kayaks

50 Riverview Landing , Calgary, AB T2C 3V7

Rocky Mountain Paddle Centre


1975 26 St SE, Calgary, AB T2A 7Y4

Glenmore Sailing School


8415 24 St SW, Calgary, AB T2V 4S4

Paddle A Board Vacations


32 Erin Woods Ct SE, Calgary, AB T2B 3V6

SUP & Flow


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Plank Merchants


12 St Bridge, Inglewood Park

Bow River Shuttles


163, 5005 Dalhousie Drive NW Calgary, Alberta T3A 5R8

River Valley Adventure Co,


9731 Grierson Hill NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 0B5

Alberta Whitewater Slalom (AWS)


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