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The Best Kayaking in Alberta

Looking for the best kayaking in Alberta? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Alberta. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top kayaking spots in and near Alberta

  • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

    Kayak Two Jack Lake

    4.3
    Of all the lakes in the Banff area, this was one of my favorites to get out on the water. Don't expect the bright blue glacial waters of some of the other lakes in the Canadian Rockies, but the water is pristine and it was one of the few places I went where it felt like it was all locals hanging...
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  • Jasper, Alberta

    Swim at Jasper National Park's Horseshoe Lake

    5.0
    0.9 mi
    Best explored on a sunny summer day, this horseshoe shaped lake has crystal clear water that is green turquoise in colour and is surrounded by cliffs. This is a very popular cliff jumping location with the highest jump point said to be at 80 feet. An easy 1.5 km trail brings you from one side of...
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  • Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

    Camp at Maligne Lake

    4.0
    Maligne Lake is one of those crystal clear unforgettable places Canada has to offer. It is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies. Located in Jasper National Park, Maligne lake offers great fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boat tours.Spend the day around Maligne Lodge or camp at one of t...
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  • Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

    Photograph Spirit Island and Maligne Lake

    5.0
    Spirit Island in Maligne Lake, is only accessible via canoe, kayak, or boat tour. As it's a 14km paddle to the island with sometimes strong winds, most people opt for the boat tour. If you are an experienced paddler, you can get rent a canoe from here. There is a campsite as well here, if you are...
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  • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

    Hike to Bow Glacier Falls

    5.6 mi / 508.5 ft gain
    The trailhead begins directly behind the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on km 37 of the Icefields Highway. The trail is well marked and winds along the shore of Bow Lake for the first 1.2km of the hike. Eventually you will lead up to a narrow gorge and onto the crest of a glacial moraine. There are only a few...
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  • Jasper, Alberta

    Explore Edith Lake in Jasper National Park

    4.5
    One of the warmer lakes in Jasper National Park, Lake Edith is a great spot to post up and spend the day hanging in the summer sun. It comes with fewer amenities than neighboring and more popular Lake Annette, so naturally you'll see slightly fewer people. It does come with a public dock, but rem...
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  • Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

    Kayak to Spirit Island in the Canadian Rockies

    4.5
    You'll find Spirit Island in the heart of Canada's Jasper National Park. It is located in the middle of Maligne Lake, a narrow body of water that features sweeping views of the Rockies and lush forest all around. Many visitors take the short ferry ride to Spirit Island, but that only allows for b...
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  • Kananaskis, Alberta

    Raft the Kananaskis River

    4.7
    The river is perfect for first time rafters and families, but the Kananaskis River also provides enough thrills for even a seasoned whitewater enthusiast. You will spend approximately 2 hours paddling, surfing and, if you feel brave enough, swimming in this glacial fed river!The section of river ...
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  • Jasper, Alberta

    Kayak Patricia Lake

    Depending on the time of day, Patricia Lake has many appearances.A lake surrounded by pines and trembling aspens , the early morning magically reflects the blues of the sky and multi-toned mountains surrounding it, interrupted once in a while by morning mist.By early morning until the lake eveni...
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  • Greenview No. 16, Alberta

    Camping at Two Lakes

    Two Lakes Provincial Park, which is located 142 km south of Grande Prairie, is nestled within the foothills of northwestern Alberta. This remote scenic park includes two small lakes surrounded by forested hills. It is a great place to enjoy nature while camping, canoeing, hiking and wildlife view...
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  • Yellowhead County, Alberta

    Camping at Obed Lake Provincial Park

    1.0
    Obed Lake Provincial Park is located only 34 km north of Hinton on Highway 16. The park protects several wetlands and lakes in the lower foothills of Alberta. The largest lake, Obed Lake, provides lots of recreational opportunities including canoeing, swimming, fishing, camping, and wildlife view...
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  • Clearwater County, Alberta

    Canoe the Gap on the North Saskatchewan River (Nordegg to Saunders)

    5.0
    To begin the day, launch canoe/kayak at the Forestry Trunk Road Bridge, located 11 km off Highway 11 on the Forestry Trunk Road (734), just west of Nordegg. Access on the left/upstream of bridge. Begin paddling through the mountains on a stretch of wide, calm water, taking time to soak in the bea...
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  • Muskeg River, Alberta

    Camp at Pierre Grey's Lakes Provincial Park

    Visit a provincial park hosting three crystal clear lakes, four campgrounds, and a fair sized island to go out on and explore! The three lakes are perfectly suitable for canoeing and kayaking, as well as fishing. Desjarlais lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout, Moberly Lake is stocked with Brook Tr...
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