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Do you enjoy spending your time on the water? You've come to the right place! Banff has many wonderful adventures waiting for you on the river. From fly fishing to white water rafting your next adventure is just waiting for you. For more information or to book your water adventure do not hesitate to contact our Concierge any time by e-mail or by phone at 1 403 762 6895.


Bow River Scenic Float
Canadian Rockies Rafting. Sit back and enjoy the grandeur of the Canadian Rocky Mountains while floating on the magnificent Bow River. This leisurely river float offers excellent opportunities to view beaver, elk, osprey and more! Twilight tours can offer great Alpine lighting and increased beaver activity. Your experienced river guides will share information on the Bow Valley’s natural and local history. The ultimate experience to get upfront and personal with the beautiful Rocky Mountains! Adults $60.00, Children 4-15 $49.00, Seniors (55+) $55.00


Banff Lake Cruise - May 12 - Oct 8
This magnificent interpretive Lake Cruise of Minnewanka and the scenic Canadian Rockies is just over one hour and
provides unique photo opportunities unavailable elsewhere. The experienced crew will guide you through this rugged
paradise richly steeped in history, native folklore and geology. Lake Minnewanka is a 15 minute drive away from our hotel. Please check with our Concierge team for details.  Adults $64.00, Children 6-15 $32.00, Children 5 and under FREE

Rocky Mountain Raft Tours
Come with us where the river meets the mountain and see Banff at its best. Board our oar-powered rafts for a trip that follows the Bow River along Tunnel Mountain, under the majestic Hoodoos to the end point near Mt. Rundle. This trip is intended for all ages (minimum 20 lbs) and floats down the Bow River at a relaxing pace. You will not get wet (unless it rains)!

  • One Hour Hoodoo Tour - 9:10am, 11:10am, 1:10pm 3:10pm and 5:10pm*
    Adults $60.00, Children (4-15) $49.00, Seniors (55+) $55.00

*Please note that 9:10am and 5:10pm are seasonal, check with the Concierge to confirm availability. Tickets are available for purchase at the Concierge Desk on the day of your trip. Transportation is available from the Fairmont Banff Springs at no extra charge.

Canoe Rentals 
Banff Canoe Club. Canoeing on the Bow River is the quintessential Canadian activity; a peaceful way to explore Banff National Park. Rent a canoe or kayak from the Banff Canoe Club, located 5 minutes from downtown Banff.

  • Canoe or Kayak Rental - First hour: $45.00, Additional hour: $25.00 (per boat)
  • River Explorer Big Canoe Tours - Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings whilst on a Voyageur Canoe Tour. As you journey upstream, our guides will entertain you with stories of the past, history of canoeing and interesting local facts. Every tour includes life jackets and paddles plus instruction on how to paddle as a team. Departs 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm (1.5 hours). Adults $54.00, Children 6-12 $25.00, Infants ages 2-5 FREE


    Hydra River Guides Ltd. - Kicking Horse River
    The mighty Kicking Horse will take each team of rafters paddling through up to Class 4+ rapids, finishing 20km
    downstream! Enjoy 2 hours of Upper Canyon rafting plus a BBQ lunch. The tour includes a BBQ lunch, transportation and all necessary gear. Must be 12 years of age or older and a minimum weight requirement of 90lbs. Please inquire with the Concierge in regards to the Hydra transportation departure time from the hotel. Return transportation is available only to the Town Centre. 

    • Mild White Water - Looking for a gentle rafting trip? Our Mild whitewater is perfect for families seeking a calm rafting experience. Enjoy a peaceful float on the Kicking Horse River, while learning the history of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Look out for wildlife in between getting splashed from rapids. At trips end, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch back at the private Hydra River Base, while viewing a slideshow of your rafting adventure. Departs 9:00am daily Mild Adult $75.00,  Mild Child $55.00 *prices do not include river fee and tax. Transportation is an additional $20.00 per person
    • Kicking Horse Classic- This journey begins calmly, allowing rafters to familiarize themselves with the raft, paddles and guide commands. Enjoy the serene upper section of the Kicking Horse Rover before heading into the mighty rapids of the middle canyon. Departs at 9:15am and 1:00pm daily.
      Adults (12+) $139 +River Fee +$20 for transport if needed.
    • Last Waltz - Perfect trip for the people on a time schedule or budget. Departing in the afternoon, this trip journeys down the class 3 & 4 rapids in the middle canyon of the Kicking Horse River. Departs 3:30pm daily
      Adults $109 + River Fee + $20 for transport if needed.

    Chinook Rafting

    • Kananaskis River Rafting
      Winding through the picturesque landscape of Kananaskis Country, the Kananaskis River is a great white water experience for families. This river offers the novice rafters a thrilling and fun introduction to white water with Class 2 to 3 rapids. A great half day tour that everyone can enjoy! A four hour return trip from Banff – River Time: 1.5hrs. Includes river fee and a small snack on site. Transportation is available for $10/person. Tours depart at 1:30pm from Nakoda Lakeside Lodge. Transport from Banff is available Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays with reservations. Adults $100.00, Children (5-15) $65.00. Transportation is an additional $10.00 per person .
    • Horseshoe Canyon Rafting
      Enjoy a half-day white water tour that offers adventure lovers rafting thrills and excitement close to Banff. The Horseshoe Canyon section offers spectacular scenery, big waves and up to Class 4 white water. Cliff jumping is also available for the adventure enthusiast! A four hour return trip from Banff – river time: 1.5hrs. A minimum weight requirement of 90lbs is mandatory. Includes river fee and a small snack on site. Transportation is available for $10/ person. Tours depart at 8:15am from the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge. Transport from Banff is available on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays with reservations. Adults/Youths 12yrs+ $101.00. Transportation is an additional $10.00 per person.

    Canadian Rockies Rafting

    • Kananaskis Family White Water
      Enjoy a beautiful mountain river located along the front ranges of the majestic Canadian Rocky mountains. The Kananaskis River offers wonderful mountain scenery, excitement and natural history. This half day tour is very popular for people looking for an introduction to white water or a river experience. Tours depart at 1:00pm and returns at 5:00pm. Adults (Mon- Fri) $82.00 Adults (Sat/Sun) $92.00, Children (Mon - Fri) 5-15 $65.00, Children 5-15 (Sat/Sun) $75.00
    • Bow River Horseshoe Canyon
      Located in the foothills of the Rockies, the Horseshoe Canyon offers spectacular scenery, big waves and grade 3 to 4 white water. The Bow River gives a sense of remoteness complete with shale canyons and excellent opportunities to view large birds of prey. The tour will stop to let our guests experience an optional cliff jump along the way. A great tour for a quick white water fix and mountain thrill! Tours departs at 8:00am and returns at 12:00pm. Adults (Mon -Fri) $85.00, Adults (Sat/Sun) $95.00 Children (Mon - Fri) 12-15 $70.00, Children 12-15 (sat/Sun) $80.00

      PLEASE NOTE: July and August weekends add $10.00 per person.


    Lake Minnewanka Boat Fishing
    Considered to be one of the top ten Lake Trout fisheries in Canada, Lake Minnewanka is the largest lake in Banff National Park and is less than 9km (5 miles) from Banff town site. This 25km long lake, with depths of up to 130 metres, is home to trophy size Lake Trout and Jumbo Rockies (Rocky Mountain Whitefish).

    • Explore Rockies Fishing Experience - A group fishing option allowing a single fisher, or groups, to fish at a more discounted price compared to a private boat. Tours include rods, reels, tackle and modern sonar equipment.  Private charters also available. Departs 8:00am and 1:00pm. Adults $182.00, Children 6-15yrs $95.00
    • Hawgwild Fly Fishing Guides - Hawgwild guides will create custom angling experiences in the Bwo River. Luxury transportation, top-notch fishing gear, the flies, lures & tackles, breathable waders and hip boots and a wise guide are all included in your great day of fishing. 

      1 Angler - Half day $475.00, Full day $550.00
      2 Anglers - Half day $575.00, Full day $650.00
      3 Anglers - Half day $675.00, Full day $750.00
      4 Anglers - Half day $775.00, Full day $850.00
    • Banff Fishing Unlimited Boat Fishing
      Private chartered boat (4.5 hrs). Prices are per person. Include a $10 fishing license per person. Children 15 and under and non-fishers are $50 per person. All equipment is provided at no extra charge, please include $10 for fishing license.

      1 Adult - With transportation from Banff $640.00, Meet at the docks $510.00
      2 Adults - With transportation from Banff $325.00/person, Meet at the docks $260.00/person
      3 Adults - With transportation from Banff $255.00/person, Meet at the docks $201.66/person
      4 Adults - With transportation from Banff $220.00/person, Meet at the docks $172.50/person
      5 Adults - With transportation from Banff $199.00/person, Meet at the docks $155.00/person
      6 Adults - With transportation from Banff $185.33/person, Meet at the docks $143.33/person

    River Fishing
    The Bow River in Alberta is one of the finest trout rivers in the world. Just below Banff town site, the Bow River winds its way through the mountains of Banff National Park and out through the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains to the prairies, boasting 40km (25 miles) of catch & release waters. This section of the Bow River is still a freestone mountain river; no man-made structures have affected river flow or streambed. The wild and wary trout in the river make for exceptional sport.

    • Banff Fishing Unlimited River Fishing
      Prices include the $36 fishing licence and tax. Tours will be 7hrs on the water and include equipment, waders,
      fly rods, spinning rods, flies and lures at no extra charge. Children 15 and under, add $75 to the applicable total of 1-2 adults, from above. 

      Float & Wade
      1 Adult - From Banff $611.36, From Canmore $536.36
      2 Adults - From Banff $747.72, From Canmore $647.72

      Walk & Wade
      1 Adult - From Banff $636.36, From Canmore $536.36
      2 Adults - From Banff $750.72, From Canmore $647.72
      3 Adults - From Banff $869.08, From Canmore $759.08
      4 Adults - From Banff $970.44, From Canmore $870.44

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    Please note that schedules and prices noted are subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are recommended for all transportation bookings, dining and social activities listed. Please carefully review cost, cancellation policies and arrival times. Should you have any questions or require reservations, please do not hesitate to contact the Concierge at any time.

    Contact the Fairmont Banff Springs Concierge by e-mail or by phone at 1 403 762 6895.

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