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Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour

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Banff, Canada
 Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Delve deep into the Banff National Park and admire the scenery from the water on this canoe adventure. Paddle along the pretty Bow River and listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of Canadian history and heritage. Watch the riverbanks for sightings of native wildlife, then finish your canoe tour with light refreshments.
  • Canoe tour in the Banff National Park
  • Paddle through the Banff National Park by canoe with your guide
  • Keep watch for sightings of native animal and bird life
  • Gain insight into Banff’s rich native history
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Light refreshments
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Corner of Bow Ave and, Wolf St, Banff, AB T1L 1A8, Canada

Located on the Corner of Bow Avenue & Wolf Street, Banff

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hydra River Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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  • "It was a great tour and I highly recommend it to anyone and especially for families." See review


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Bow River Big Canoe Tour
, Sep 2021
I enjoyed meeting Mitch M, our guide and learning from him. The river was such a beautiful colour and lovely to paddle in. An excellent day with great service.
fun family vacation
, Sep 2021
The guide was knowlegeable and entertaining. Lovely day, sunny and the water was amazing teal color.
Superbe and worth it.
, Jul 2021
The view was amazing and the staff was really friendly and had great knowledge of the area and the animals.
First visit to Banff
, Aug 2019
Highlight of the day!!! Amazing experience!!! Instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend to include this activity in your trip!!!
Great service
, Jun 2019
The staff members were very positive and upbeat. They had lots of information to share. The scenery was beautiful. Lucy did a great job!!
Canoe tour
, Jun 2019
Paddled up and back down a part of the bow River at Banff while being entertained by guide Mark with interesting snippets about animals, culture, the alpine environment and First Nation People. Prior to the trip Mark gave a little presentation on the.First Nation's people, a.very good safety lesson on canoeing and the beginnings of Banff.
Amazing and fun Canoe Ride on Bow...
, Aug 2018
Amazing and fun Canoe Ride on Bow Rider with excellent Guide Lucy Congrea. Lucy was not only very knowledgeable about the river, the animals and all things Banff but her enthusiasm was what made the tour great. We went as a family with 2 kids a 10 year old and a 5 year old and both were equally entertained and had a great fun time. She made my son who is 5 sit in front and called him Captain which we had to call him for the rest of the day. We also got to see 2 elk with a baby elk, and they even crossed the river which was cool to see. We also saw a muskrat. It was a great tour and I highly recommend it to anyone and especially for families. Ask for Lucy!
We had a lot of fun on our canoe...
Courtney G
, Sep 2017
We had a lot of fun on our canoe tour! We went as part of our honeymoon trip. Lucy was our guide and she was excellent. She shared so much local knowledge with us!
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It was a nice change of pace being...
Mo and Oz
, Oct 2016
It was a nice change of pace being on the river. There wasn't anything earth shattering about the tour. You row up river for 30 minutes or so, pull over and look at a few things our guide pointed out and then float back to the start. It was a beautiful day and the trip was fun. Be sure to dress warmer than you think you should as once we turned around the wind was in our faces and I was glad I brought an extra jacket.

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