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Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour provided by Hydra River Guides

Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour

Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
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from $73.33 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
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.
Know before you go
  • 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.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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
What to expect
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2914P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Guide • Light refreshments • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
Banff Canoe Club, Corner of Bow Ave and, Wolf St, Banff, AB T1L 1A8, Canada Located on the Corner of Bow Avenue & Wolf Street, Banff
Inclusions
Guide • Light refreshments • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Banff Canoe Club, Corner of Bow Ave and, Wolf St, Banff, AB T1L 1A8, Canada Located on the Corner of Bow Avenue & Wolf Street, Banff
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

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EDA
3 contributions
Fun
Sep 2019 • Friends
Harvey was great and was very knowledgeable about the history of Banff, the mountains and wildlife!!
Written 7 October 2019
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Jamie P
1 contribution
Great tour
Sep 2019 • Couples
Had nothing planned on last day in banff. Did the wildlife tour and it was great. Very peaceful out on the river and our tour guide Austin was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and gave lots of info about the area
Written 27 September 2019
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Stacy W
21 contributions
Great, informative trip with Austin
Sep 2019 • Friends
We had a great excursion with Austin. He was very knowledgeable about the area, wildlife, history, etc. He made a point of being very personable with all the participants and got total strangers to talk with each other. I would highly recommend this trip. We did the canoe trip at the end of our stay in Banff but wish we had done it earlier because of all the great tips we got. We had done many of the things mentioned but it would have been good to have that info at the beginning of our trip.
Written 21 September 2019
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Titw
8 contributions
Just book it!
Sep 2019 • Friends
Simply perfect day out to cover all aspects of what a holiday needs. Activity. Sightseeing. Fun. Socialising.

All aspects of the day were perfect. Shannon on the bus was delightful and a great guide to the history of Banff. Dave E was good fun as our rafting guide, it was a bonus he was easy on the eye too :).

The white water element is unbeatable, you will shriek with laughter and excitement

Thank you guys for a great day

Tom and Rach x
Written 14 September 2019
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Hi Tom and Rach! Thanks for your positive comments and feedback. That's great to her that you had an enjoyable holiday with us that covered all aspects of your vacation expectations (especially that you thought the day was perfect!) We will pass your positive comments onto your guide Dave E! -- Hayley, Hydra River Guides
Written 17 September 2019
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phil_jenkins2
Caldicot11 contributions
Scenic canoe trip
Aug 2019
We really enjoyed this relaxing canoe ride down the bow river. The scenery was stunning and we saw some elk on the river banks during the ride. The staff are informative and the trip takes a couple of hours so you can either use it as the main activity in the day or there is plenty of time left in the day for other things. Thanks for an enjoyable tour !
Written 8 September 2019
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Hi Phil! Thanks for your kind remarks. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Incredible that you saw some wildlife also! Hope to see you again next summer! -- Hayley, Banff Canoe Club
Written 17 September 2019
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Sarah J
Winthrop, MN43 contributions
Calming ride down the Bow River
Aug 2019 • Family
We had a great time on our big canoe tour! Harvey was a fantastic guide and was very knowledgeable about the area. We encountered some elk along the edge of the river and were able to hang out for a bit and enjoy watching them. The weather was perfect and it was a great activity for our family. Our 10-year-old was the captain! 👍🏻
Written 1 September 2019
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Extraordinary614989
2 contributions
Canoeing
Aug 2019 • Family
Fantastic way to rest your tired feet in between hikes and still see so much beauty. Our group included young adults 17-24 and was I surprised they still loved it...welcomed the fact that it was an easy row despite the windy day. Guide was great and good to get some of the Banff history.
Written 31 August 2019
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Summer H
6 contributions
Amazing
Aug 2019 • Friends
Couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating! Would highly recommend to anyone!! Also gave excellent advice about other activities in the parks
Written 27 August 2019
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Hinami
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
Loved this peaceful experience!!
Aug 2019 • Family
Really enjoyed this peaceful canoe experience and learning around Rocky Mountains! It was their first time to try canoe for my parents, but they loved it! We learned about animals and areas as we canoe through beautiful Boe lake! If you’re scared of trying canoe by yourself, try it with others! It’s very stable. I defenitely feel the price is great worth and tour guide Austin was very nice. Its a great activity that everyone can do it together if you’re family or group!
Written 19 August 2019
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Jeremy M
5 contributions
Fantastic Afternoon
We very much enjoyed our guided canoe trip with Anthony. The scenery was beautiful, Anthony’s knowledge and engagement was great, and our entire family terrific time ... teenagers included.
Written 10 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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