Kananaskis Country Paddle Sports

Paddling on Upper Kananaskis Lake

Paddling on Upper Kananaskis Lake

Canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding on most of the many lakes and rivers are the most popular paddle sports in Kananaskis Country. In Kananaskis Village, Kananaskis Outfitters (403/591-7000) rents canoes and kayaks ($55 per day). Inside Out Experience (403/949-3305 or 877/999-7238) runs three-hour rafting trips on the Kananaskis River below Barrier Dam for $75 per person.

Between the TransCanada Highway and Kananaskis Village is Canoe Meadows, where whitewater enthusiasts use a short stretch of the Kananaskis River as a slalom course. Man-made obstacles and gates challenge recreational and racing kayakers, while upstream (around the first bend), the man-made Green Tongue creates a steep wave, allowing kayakers to remain in one spot, spinning and twisting while water rushes past them.

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