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Blue Canoe

Sundance Mall | 215 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B5, Canada
(403) 760-7629
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Ranked #21 of 35 activities in Banff
Type: Tours
Traveler Description: Blue Canoe provides hourly rentals of canoes, solo kayaks and cruiser town bikes available from the canoe docks right on the Bow River.  Visit them... more »
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I'm usually not very good with boats, often avoiding them at all costs, but as we were only in Banff for a few days I thought I should face my fears and rent a canoe! Me and my boyfriend had a great time, it was a different perspective seeing the mountains from water rather than walking or by car and... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The canoe rental was good in theory but the service was abysmal. The young teenage ish guys working there barely spoke two words to us, getting us in and out as fast as possible, They didn't even bother to tell us that if you paddle downstream there is a waterfall you will get sucked into. My boyfriend and I couldn't... More

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Banff, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I had the great opportunity to go canoeing with my friend Jaqui. We used our free canoe session and still have 1 more to use. The staff were awesome, so kind, friendly and helpful. It was such a lovely day on the Bow River in Banff, birds were out, Mountains looked exquisite and there were many more people like us... More

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Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We took this trip over the weekend and did the voyager canoe with a guide. The views are breath taking, the water blue and the sun was out! We had 5 kids with us age 6 to 14. Most of us had experience paddling but even the newbies managed fine. The current was reasonable for all. Our guide was Australian... More

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Calgary, Alberta
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11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Deciding to play tourist in our own backyard, we booked a WagJag 'deal' and snagged this tour for $20/pp instead of the usuall $40/pp. We had a guide (dressed up in 'historical' attire) who gave us some history about the area and voyageur canoeing (always fun to learn about Canadian history from an Aussie guide!). We practiced paddling on dry... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We rented a kayak for two hours and while the guy(Chris I think) was helpful, the experience was very lackluster. There is no really incredible view, and once you get to the lake the sound of any animals and quiet are drowned out by the highway that is leering above you. You should spend the 50/60$ on one hour at... More

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

HIred two canoes for the four of us and although it's not cheap it was great to see the scenery from a different vantage point. One canoe spotted a beaver! Good location so even if you don't have a car with you you can walk down to the river in Banff very easily.

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Thurso
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The rental office is very conveniently located on the waterside at the edge of downtown. You had a choice of hiring your own canoe or going out with guides on a large group canoe (which looked great but we opted for our own). the staff were friendly but there was little assistance with getting the lifejackets sorted, but that was... More

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Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Great company, easy process, fantastic experience! Sitting in the bow of a canoe is a unique and wonderful way to experience the breathtaking beauty of Banff and the surrounding mountains. The staff were friendly and we got a locals discount (for the Bow Valley) which was very much appreciated. Would highly recommend, and will return soon!

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Edmonton, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Me and 3 other friends had never been canoeing before and this was a great way to introduce ourselves to it! Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. After paying and handing over a piece of I.D as a form of insurance we were on our way. They only gave us the basic info on how to maneuver which was great... More

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