The Banff area has some of the most beautiful waters for canoeing and kayaking.
Canoe and kayak rental season in the area begins whenever the lakes thaw, which is usually around June, and ends towards the end of September.
The hours of operation vary from 10/11:00am to 6/7:00pm daily, though no rentals are typically allowed in the last hour. For example, in mid-June, Lake Louise kayaking closed at 6pm, so the last rental was at 5pm.
Boat rentals are typically available for either a half an hour or an hour. During slow seasons, you may be lucky enough to be allowed to rebook for additional time when you dock.
Lake Louise is famous for its stunning turquoise lakes, the beautiful Victoria Glacier in the backdrop.
Though you can experience this beauty from the shores, canoeing/kayaking is a truly magnificent way to get even more up close and personal!
There is only one kayak/canoe rental on Lake Louise and it is operated by the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel aka. the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Boathouse. The boathouse is located on your right hand side if you are facing the lake, with the hotel behind you.
Canoes are available on a first come, first serve basis. They can’t be reserved.
The lake is patrolled by lifeguards who are employed by the canoe rental company. Life jackets are also provided, and are not optional.
Prices for rentals vary by season: early season (June/July), peak season (late July/August) and late season (Fall/early-September). Early season prices are $65 CND per hour and $55 CND per half hour. These prices do not include taxes. Line-ups can get quite long; get there early!
Early season prices for Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise hotel guests are $45 CND per hour and $35 CND per half hour. Prices do not include taxes. There is a guest priority line that is separate from the general public. A room key is required as proof you are a guest of the hotel.
Hotel guests can book an evening canoe experience where they can avoid the daytime crowds for $85 CND per canoe for one hour. It departs at 8:15pm. Reservations must be made by 6pm the day before and cancellations after 6pm and no shows will not be refunded.
The maximum number of people allowed in the canoes is 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children under 55 lbs. One person in the boat must be at least 16 years of age. For more information, visit the Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise.