Paddling in Banff National Park
Banff National Park
Rules and regulations
What to Bring
Where to paddle:
The park's mountain lakes and rivers provide easy flat water to advanced whitewater, and almost everything in-between. Rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and other non-motorized boats are allowed on all lakes and rivers in the park. Boats with motors, both gas and electric, are restricted to Lake Minnewanka only.
- Banff area: Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake and Vermilion Lakes
- Lake Louise area: Moraine Lake and Lake Louise
- Icefields Parkway: Herbert Lake, Hector Lake, Bow Lake and Waterfowl Lake
- The Bow River in Banff National Park provides some excellent canoeing opportunities for experienced canoeists. Here are the three most popular sections for canoeing.
Wind warning: Beware of the very sudden strong winds and waves on big lakes such as Lake Minnewanka and Hector Lake; especially in the afternoon.
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