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Best lake to canoe on?

Lanai, Hawaii
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Best lake to canoe on?

Visiting Jasper and Banff areas 9/2 - 9/13 with 2 adults and a 4 year old. We would like to rent a canoe sometime on our visit. Any suggestions on where to do this? I've seen a couple lakes that you can do this at...but was wondering if anyone had done this and had recommendations on which they liked best?

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Calgary, Canada
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1. Re: Best lake to canoe on?

Sticker shock warning: canoeing on Moraine Lake starts at $105/hr.


Lake Louise is $105 for 30 min, $115 / hr


Maligne Lake, in Jasper, is $60/hr, but their canoes can only accommodate 2 people max. Rowboats can take 3-4 ppl for $75/hr.


Lake Minnewanka is the only lake where power boats (aside from lake cruises and safety boats) are permitted; you can rent a 16' aluminum motorboat starting at $85/hr.


Finally, you can canoe the Bow River near the Banff townsite for $40/hr.


Which is the most scenic? Probably Moraine Lake (but acccess can be a challenge), followed by Lake Louise.

Edited: 20 August 2018, 18:53
Belmont, California
7 posts
2. Re: Best lake to canoe on?

We (my husband, 5 year old, and I) recently canoed on Emerald Lake in Yoho and I’d recommend that if you will be there. It was $70/hr and there was a very short (1 group ahead) line compared to what we saw at the other lakes. Just beautiful!!!

Lanai, Hawaii
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3. Re: Best lake to canoe on?

thank you both for the info.....very helpful :)

Banff, Canada
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for Banff, Banff National Park
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4. Re: Best lake to canoe on?

Yes, I’ve enjoyed canoeing on Emerald Lake as well. Lower price and a bit more relaxed!

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