Paddling in Banff National Park
Banff National Park
Rules and regulations
What to Bring
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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