About the Banff Canoe Club

Canoeing is a special sport and we truly believe everyone should have access to this wonderfully Canadian way to explore the water. At the Banff Canoe Club we strive to provide Banff’s residents and visitors with the opportunity to connect with the sport of canoeing and the beautiful place we are fortunate to call home.

The Banff Canoe Club is a professionally managed organization committed to engaging the community in the sport of canoeing and connecting people to Banff National Park. The Bow River Canoe Docks is more than just another business in Banff; it’s an inclusive hub of the community, a place to relax and take in the serene surroundings. Our goal is to make canoeing an affordable activity, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. We rent canoes, kayaks and Standup Paddleboards from the docks. Our boat house is stocked with Banff Canoe Club souvenirs, a way for visitors to remember their canoe experience and time in Banff National Park. See the map below for location details. 


The Banff Canoe Docks are located on the banks of the beautiful Bow River. From the docks, paddlers can choose to explore the gentle section of the Bow River or follow forty mile creek into Vermilion Lakes.


The Vermilion Lakes are a series of lakes located immediately west of Banff in the Bow River Valley. They offer wildlife viewing opportunities and breathtaking scenery. Soak up the sun as you gaze at the impressive Mount Rundle - one of Banff's most recognizable mountains.



Do you have to be a Banff Canoe Club Member to rent?

No, anyone can rent a canoe,  kayak or SUP. Membership just provides better rental rates, if you intent to visit more than once a season.


Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes, all paddlers are required to sign a waiver prior to rentals. All legal guardians must sign for any children under 18 years of age.


Do you take reservations? 

No, all boat rentals are on a first come, first served basis. it's best to visit early or late in the day to avoid the busy periods. We also reserve the right to close the docks during inclemental weather.


What do I need to rent a canoe? When do I pay?

A valid driver’s license or government issued ID is required to rent a canoe, kayak or SUP from the dock. The rentals rates are based on an hourly cost. You will be charged for rentals when they are returned, by the hour, depending on the rental duration. (No half hour rates). We accept cash, debit or credit.


How many people fit in a canoe?

Maximum 3 adults per canoe. (3rd person in boat is additional $10). The canoe can also fit 2 adults and 2 small children (under 8) depending on child sizes. We also have both single and double kayaks.


What is included in the rental rate?

All canoe, kayak and SUP rentals include PFD and paddles.


Can I bring my dog with me in my canoe?

Yes dogs are allowed at the Canoe Docks but they must be kept on leash. Dogs are permitted in the canoes, but owners must accept all responsibility and risk.


How old do you need to be to rent a canoe?

16 years of age, however your parent/guardian must sign a waiver form and supervise while you are paddling. Children must weigh at least 20lbs (matching the weight requirement of the life jacket).

If you have any further questions, please Contact Us.

Canoe Dock


Cnr of Wolf St.
& Bow Ave,