Canoeing & Kayaking in Alberta, Canada

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Canada Kayaking and Canoeing

Alberta, Canada Kayaking & Canoeing adventures explore the vast network of lakes, reservoirs and rivers located across the province. The Canadian Rocky Mountains, the northern tundra, the southern Canadian Badlands and the central Alberta foothills and grasslands are all waterway kayaking and canoeing destinations for the outdoor enthusiasts.

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Kayak & Canoe Touring and Guides

There are over 600 lakes and endless rivers to paddle in Alberta. Throughout the province are touring and guiding kayak and canoeing operators. These operators provide the equipment, lessons, guides and experience of paddling the waterways. For the novice kayaker and canoeist a tour or guide is a good option when exploring challenging rivers and waterways, especially if they lead deep into the backcountry. For the experienced paddler please use your descretion on the difficulty level of the route you select to explore. 

Popular Alberta Kayaking & Canoeing Destinations 

Lakeland Provincial Park located in the north of Alberta is one one of the few destinations with a developed canoe paddle route with portages located in the province. Other North Albert paddle destinations include the Lesser Slave Lake and Lac La Biche regions. In the Rocky Mountain parks of Alberta (Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kananaskis Country) there are canoe adventures exploring turquoise-green alpine lakes and white water rivers. 

Some of the more popular canoe destinations in the Central Alberta region include the Elk Island National Park and the Pigeon Lake Provincial Park near Edmonton; the William A. Switzer Park near Hinton; the Sylvan Lake Provincial Park near Red Deer and the Crimson Lake Provincial Park near Rocky Mountain House.

And when you are canoeing in the South Alberta region one may want to consider Fish Creek Provincial Park, the Bow River and the Glenmore Reservoir near Calgary; the Ghost Reservoir Lake near Cochrane; Oldman Dam Recreation Area near Fort Macleod, Park Lake Provincial Park and Henderson Lake near Lethbridge, the Little Bow Provincial Park near Vulcan, the Cypress Hills Park near Medicine Hat and Waterton Lakes National Park.

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