Whether you enjoy to canoe, kayak or paddle-board, Banff National Park has many breathtaking destinations for you to choose from. The Banff National Park is home to some of the most tranquil waters in the world. With surrounding mountains, any water adventurer will enjoy to float upon one of the many lakes or rivers. Non-motorized boats are permitting, including canoes, kayaks and paddle-boards.
The Bow River
The Bow River is the perfect spot to launch for a short afternoon paddle. Just minutes from downtown Banff, the Bow River surrounds you with mountain vistas within minutes. Locals suggest a sunset paddle as you often can see beavers building their dams along the shore.
Nestled beside the Banff townsite, the Vermilion Lakes is the perfect destination for beginner paddlers. The shallow peaceful lakes are full of wildlife. Paddlers often see elk, deer beaver and muskrats. You may choose to enter the lakes through Echo Creek, a locally recommended scenic passage starting at the Bow River.
A local favourite, Johnson Lake is known for its aqua-blue crystal clear water. Crowds of swimmers can gather along the shoreline, however Johnson Lake is large enough you can venture and find your own oasis. Perfect for beginner or advanced paddlers, Johnson Lake is a favourite for a reason. You can feel safe as your float across the clear water looking down to lake bottom over 20 feet below.
Two Jake Lake
The intimidate Two Jake Lake is next to the infamous Lake Minnewanka and features views of Mount Rundle towing the skyline. Two Jake Lake is far less choppy than Lake Minnewanka and perfect for those looking for a calm paddle. There is a campsite and a lakeside picnic area available for overnight adventures or day use picnic.
The infamous Lake Minnewanka is known for its vast beauty. Not for beginner enthusiasts, the large lake is a popular site for divers and tour boats. Lake Minnewanka, meaning "Lake of the Spirits", has a rich history and has been inhabited for centuries. If you are lucky, you can find remains of old buildings hidden underwater.