If you are looking for a spot to spend a summer afternoon on the water in Calgary, there are many spots located in and around the city. Below are some of the most popular spots to try some water sports in Calgary.
A favourite location is the Glenmore Reservoir, which offers outrigger-canoeing, standard canoeing, and kayaking. There are several great views from the water, including the coast of North and South Glenmore Park, and the Earl Grey Golf Club. If you are looking for something a little faster paced, there are sprint kayak and canoe programs available.
Rentals are available at the Calgary Canoe Club, which is located right on the reservoir off Crowchild Trail SW. They offer affordable canoe rentals (CA $35 for the full day). Membership is available which includes free canoe and kayak rentals for use on the reservoir.
To the west, situated on the Eastern side of the Canadian Rockies, the Banff Canoe Club is located on the Bow River. The Bow River has three different sections, rated individually based on your experience level. The 23-kilometer stretch from Banff to Canmore will take about 4 hours to complete and has an intermediate rating.
The picturesque vista of Mount Rundle as you approach Canmore should not be missed, but you should take special care, as the narrows create sweepers and strainers that require tight control. For an easier route, travel up Echo Creek to the Vermillion Lakes. This paddle trek is a gentle journey that will allow you to relax and enjoy the sights.
No matter what your experience level, if you are looking for somewhere to enjoy paddling around Calgary, there are several venues waiting. From intermediate challenges to idyllic meanderings, Calgary's waterways are waiting for you.