Where to Kayak, SUP & Canoe in Kananaskis Country

Kayaking Barrier Dam - Kananaskis Country
Photo:  Paul Kolman

Kananaskis Country is a pretty incredible place.  Only 40 minutes or so from the major city of Calgary, it is picturesque, dramatic and has outdoor recreation opportunities to satisfy all walks of outdoor people.

Given we know paddling, we thought we would share some of the places we really enjoy getting on the water in this fantastic provincial park!
Below is a short list of places to paddle in 'K' Country.  If you click on the PaddlingMaps.com links it will take you to full location descriptions with maps, gps waypoints (downloadable when logged in), local knowledge and much more.

This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are many more listed within the PaddlingMaps.com website.  The site is driven by community members, so, if you have some gem paddling spots we dont have listed we would love to see you add them on Paddlingmaps.com.

If the list below gets you excited to get out on the water, feel free to follow the links below for more information:

Where to Kayak/SUP/Canoe in Kananaskis Country

Where to kayak, SUP and canoe in kananaskis Country, Alberta

WHERE TO PADDLE IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY
(THE CALGARY SIDE - HIGHWAY 40)

 

WHERE TO PADDLE IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY
(THE CANMORE SIDE - SMITH DORRIEN TRAIL)

  • Chester Lake:  Energetic Adventure seekers with an INFLATABLE SUP or KAYAK ONLY need apply for this one. It is a 5km hike to get to the lake on a well groomed trail.  When you are there you will likely be the only one on the water of this gorgeous (though small) alpine lake.  Bring your fishing license and fishing rod for this one!
  • Chester Lake:  Energetic Adventure seekers with an INFLATABLE SUP or KAYAK ONLY need apply for this one. It is a 5km hike to get to the lake on a well groomed trail.  When you are there you will likely be the only one on the water of this gorgeous (though small) alpine lake.  Bring your fishing license and fishing rod for this one!
  • Upper Kananaskis Lake:  Upper Kananaskis Lake is a gorgeous mountain lake created by a dam on the Kananaskis River. More exposed to wind and elements than its big brother Lower Kananaskis Lake, paddlers need to be ready for sudden weather changes and strong winds. Absolutely gorgeous surroundings in the Rocky Mountains, and there are options for camping and overnight excursions.


Well, that is just a small sampling of the amazing paddling opportunities in and around Kananaskis Country.  For more options and details simply go to PaddlingMaps.com and browse the region.  We hope this will provide loads of paddling based inspiration for this season and beyond

If you are looking to get more experience on the water our Calgary location (and Edmonton) offer a full range of kayak and SUP instructional programs.  We also offer rental kayaks, SUPs and gear to help get you out on the water in and around Calgary.

Feel free to contact us at either our Calgary or Edmonton locations for more information on product, rentals, courses or paddling information.

Edmonton:  (p) 780 463-4892 (e) info@aquabaticsedmonton.com
Calgary:  (p) 403 288-9283  (e)  info@aqoutdoors.com