From tranquil lakes to rushing rapids, exploring the water is deeply rooted in Canadian and Indigenous history.

Long before highways and railways, water connected people near and far across the country. Travel by canoe along the routes of early voyageurs or stand-up paddleboard on crystal clear mountain lakes.

Whatever your style, you'll connect yourself with a longstanding and rich cultural history entwined by our waters.

Paddle through postcard-worthy backdrops.

Picture-perfect scenery

Get your paddle wet and discover mountain views in the mirror-like finish of these alpine waters. Alberta's mountain lakes and rivers are ripe for paddling, with easy access and endless opportunities for exploration.

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Canoe across calm waters on Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park.

Local favourite

Float the river in either of Alberta’s major cities under the summer sun.

Group rafting down Calgary’s bow river near downtown
Seek new thrills on a whitewater rafting trip.

Whitewater thrills

Explore the wild side of Alberta on the rushing waters of our alpine rivers — perfect for adventure seekers. Tame the river from a nimble kayak, or join a guided whitewater rafting outfitter for an exciting day out.

Looking for something new and exciting? Catch the wave with river surfing, a freshwater take on riding the river.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your best bet for canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding is June through September.

Please refer to this website to review Alberta's recreational boating regulations.

Many options for rentals are available here. Otherwise, you can search for equipment rentals and outfitters near where you are staying.

In Canada, you are required by law to have a personal floatation device (PFD) and a sound signaling device (like a whistle) at a minimum on all personal watercraft. Canoes and kayaks will also have requirements for equipment like haul lines and a bailing device.

Check the Transport Canada website for full requirements.

You bet! You can plan your own on one of our sprawling river systems, or you can book a trip with a guide. Check out our list of paddling tours here.

There are many bodies of water to discover here, from turquoise mountain lakes to winding rivers that weave their ways through prairie landscapes. Find the right waters for your trip on our Lakes & Rivers (link) page.