The Bow River in Banff is great for canoeing or kayaking on. It is only a short walk from downtown Banff to the canoe dock where you’ll be able to hire boats from the canoe docks. I hired a kayak from there a couple of years ago and spent the afternoon on the Bow River.
You can paddle upstream towards the Vermilion Lakes, if you went downstream towards the Banff Avenue Bridge you might regret is slightly…as you’d be heading towards Bow Falls!
It’s a good way to take in the views and there’s potential to see some wildlife. I saw a couple of elk and there were lots of waterfowl to be seen. Unfortunately my photographs of the elk aren’t the best. It was quite windy so my kayak was wobbling about a fair bit and I was a little worried about loosing my camera to the river!
There were quite a few submerged logs and tree limbs towards the banks so it’s good to keep an eye out just in case of catching your boat on one.
If you’re looking for a good alternative to a hike, and an activity that is close to town to do, it is a great way to spend the afternoon.
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