Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour


  • Experience the tranquility and views of a canoe trip through the Bow River

  • A guide educates and entertains with stories about your surroundings

  • The group paddling experience is open to first-time paddlers of all fitness levels

  • Choose from multiple daily start times to fit the tour into your vacation schedule


Meet at the Banff Canoe Club, just a 5 minute walk from downtown Banff. The River Explorer Tour is a fun way to hit the river as a group! After being set up with a life jacket and paddle, our friendly guide will share some safety instruction and paddling techniques. Then load into a 12-seater Big Canoe and journey up the beautiful Bow River. Let our guide entertain you with fun facts, keep an eye out for wildlife and take in the stunning views. Many groups like our River Explorer Tour because no experience is necessary and everything is supervised by a qualified guide. Your tour will be followed by a light refreshment at the end. This tour is perfect for the whole family and It’s a fun and interactive way to explore the waterways of Banff National Park.

Tour info

1 hour 30 minutes
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Why take this tour?

Get a different view of Banff National Park on a canoe tour along the scenic Bow River. Traveling by canoe lets you get out in nature and see wildlife up close without the exertion of hiking. Plus, the big canoe enables your whole group to be together in one place rather than being split up into smaller canoes. This makes it ideal for families with small children.

What’s included?

  • Guide

  • Light refreshments

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Before you book

  • Duration: 1h 30m

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Cancellation Policy

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

About operator:

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