Where to SUP in Canmore, Banff & the Bow Valley

The Bow Valley, including Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise, is home to some of the world's most beautiful rivers and lakes to SUP.  Turqouise waters surrounded by mountain vistas make us one of the worlds top SUP destinations.  Whether you are an avid paddler or just starting out, there is a loaction to paddle for all.  Always please feel free to text or call us at 403-707-7202 and we will be happy to provide you with info on the spots listed here and many more.  Check out our FAQ below on this page for more info about everything SUP.

TOP 5 Best SUP Spots in the Bow Valley:

The Canmore Reservoir - Canmore

Setting: Lake, Ha-Ling Peak towers over the lake

Location: Across from the Canmore Nordic Center

Difficulty: * –  beautiful water color and easy access makes this the best place to SUP in Canmore

Put in: There is a very accessible place to launch your board. Park at the parking lot directly across from the Nordic Center. This put in allows for an ideal spot to park, launch and relax.

Two Jack Lake – Banff

Setting: Lake

Location: Road on the Minnewanka Loop

Difficulty: * – calm, warmer waters

Put in: There is a very accessible place to launch your board. There is a drive up put in where you can unload all equipment and launch your board into the shallow waters. Picnic tables on a peninsula make this an ideal spot to SUP and have a lunch date!

Goat Pond 

Setting: Pond/Lake

Location: K-Country, 20 minutes from Canmore

Difficulty: **

Put in: Drive up the Kananaskis road from Canmore about 20 minutes and you reach Goat Pond on your right.  This is a shallow lake with easy access.  Check out the chopped off trees a couple of feet below the waters surface!

Lake Morraine/Lake Louise

Setting: Lake

Location: Lake Louise

Difficulty: **

Put in: Parking lots for two of the worlds most beautiful lakes fills up quickly during the summer months.  To avoid crowds, get to the lakes early am or late afternoon.  Stunning lakes that are two of our favorite spots on earth! 

Johnson Lake – Banff 

Setting: Pond/Lake

Location: Banff

Difficulty: *

Put in: This is where locals come to swim, play in the sand and soak up the sun  Easy access to the lake with a put in right beside the parking lot.  Picturesque scenery and clear waters make this a go to spot in the Bow Valley.




❓Where is the best place to paddle?
✅ Check out our “Where to paddle” link above and if you’re still unsure, ask one of our SUPer staff. 

❓How stable are the boards?
✅Our paddle boards are the best on the market and are well-suited for  beginner to experienced paddlers. Learning to stand, balance and paddle skills can take a little practice but getting wet is all part of the adventure. If you would like some great tips, sign up for our Intro To SUP course where we will get you started on some great basic skills. 

❓What does my rental include?
✅Our rental package includes everything you’ll need for a fun day on the water: an inflatable SUP/kayak an adjustable paddle, a leash, a PFD, pump to inflate the board or foam pads and straps to tie the board to the top of your vehicle and SUPerb customer service. 

❓What is the easiest way to transport my rental?
✅. Our rental boards are all inflatable.  They are given to you either deflated or fully inflated.  For the deflated boards, we provide a pump to easily inflate when you get to the lake.  The deflated boards pack down to the size of a large duffel bag and fit in most vehicles.  For the fully inflated boards, we provide foam roof racks and straps to allow you to transport the boards.  This saves time on pumping when you get to the lake.  Most vehciles can trasnport a board inflated.  We will show you how! 

❓How long does it take to pump up a board?
✅ It should take no more than 5-10 minutes to inflate. 

❓Can I take my favourite four-legged friend on the paddle board?
✅Absolutely! We love to to include furry friends on all our adventures. 

❓How cold is the water?
✅We are located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The lakes are fed by nearby glaciers and melting snow. Throughout the summer the water temperatures do rise slightly by a few degrees but by no means does it feel like the South Pacific Ocean. Come prepared for a refreshing dip!

❓I just took one of your awesome Paddle Boarding sessions and am eager to get my hands on a board. Can I purchase a board through you?
✅Due to this current pandemic situation, the demand for all outdoor activity equipment has surpassed the available supply. That said, if you have a look at our online store SUPSURFSHOP.CA.  We sell our fleet of boards at the end of the season. Another option is to check in with us to place an order for next season’s boards which should arrive in early 2022. 

❓How old do you have to be to SUP?
✅ There is no set age.  It is up to the discretion of the parent to determine if a kid is ready to paddle.  Proper supervision should always be used.  

❓Where can I get more info?
✅. You can always call or text us at 403-707-7202 or email us at info@bowvalleysup.ca


Mount Norquay Heritage Train Station at 327 Railway Ave. Banff, AB                      


Coast Hotel in Canmore at 511 Bow Valley Trail 

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