Being a Calgarian is such a blessing for having Banff National Park practically at our back yard. Growing up in a concrete jungle, I have to admit the nature scene can be intimidating, especially in the majestic Rocky Mountains.
Blue Canoe at Banff National Park gets me up close and personal with the beautiful nature while keeping me feeling at ease. It’s one of my favourite summer activities when visiting Banff. Although they offer kayaks, bikes and tours as well, I have always been drawn to taking one of those blue bottomed canoes out in the water myself.
My experience (on video) with the course right off the dock has been very enjoyable every time. The water is as calm as glass with colours varying between blue and green. Most of the course is wide open allowing comfortable maneuver even with oncoming traffic. Part of the course is windy and engaging, my favourite part! The view is to die for! Picture glittering reflection of gentle sunshine while you and your canoe passing through the evergreens reaching overhead, casting a reflection on the turquoise water. I wish I have a pair of google glass now.
Budget for one hour ($36 first hr) to explore the river slowly and casually. Be prepared to step into a dreamy wonderland and some super cute wildlife encounters.