May-Sep
Season
9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
Departure Time
1 Hour
Duration
3+, 30lbs+
Age
Leisurely
Activity

A gentle one hour float trip through stunning glacial blue waters, towering mountain peaks and diverse wildlife along the Bow River in Canmore.

Located on the outskirts of Banff National Park in Canmore, your guide will gently float you through this inspiring landscape.

Sit back, relax and soak it all in, as the stories and local history of the Canadian Rockies captivates your imagination. With no experience required, this family friendly tour is perfect for all ages, abilities and adventure levels as your experienced guide takes care of everything for you.

This guided float tour highlights the very best of the Canadian Rockies – a truly signature experience of your stay here.

Included
  • Lifejacket, rainjacket (if needed)
  • Professional river guide on each raft
Transport Options
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Canmore)
  • Meet at Canmore Boat Launch

The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

Family friendly

This tour is suitable for children aged 3 years (30 lbs) and up, and enjoyed by all ages and adventure levels as the experienced guides take care of everything for you.
2

1 hour on the Bow River

Inspiring mountain views, sparkling river water, and the chance to view wildlife – just some of the amazing experiences of your scenic float tour of the Bow River.
Included
  • Lifejacket, rainjacket (if needed)
  • Professional river guide on each raft
Transport Options
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Canmore)
  • Meet at Canmore Boat Launch
The meeting point is at the Canmore boat launch site in Canmore, approximately a 30 minute drive from Banff and a 5-10 minute walk from downtown Canmore. The guiding team will meet you at the river’s edge and detailed driving instructions will be included in your booking confirmation. Public parking can be found in this parking lot or on the roadside.

PIck-up may be available from Canmore, please enquire.

The smallest lifejackets are rated for children that are 30 lbs (13.7kgs) or more in weight. It would be great if everyone to be able to come on the river but safety is always the top priority. If you have young children please ensure that they meet the minimum weight requirement.
This is a tricky one to answer! In most cases, no you will not. That said, on a few occasions the group can experience the odd splash or two.

The rafts are what is known in the industry as ‘self-bailing’ rafts, meaning that there are manufactured spaces around the join of the floor and side structure of the raft. Because the raft is inflatable, the whole structure floats on the surface of the water. This allows any water to drain out of the boat without the need to bail it out with a bucket (which isn’t fun for anyone involved!). Occasionally water splashes in through these holes as the raft floats along the river. Therefore it’s recommended to wear footwear that you wouldn’t mind a few splashes on, even though this is rare.

The tours run daily during the summer months and the weather is typically beautiful. That said, the mountains can change their mood quite quickly. Just in case the weather turns and you forget your rain gear, they carry rain jackets for all ages and sizes on board the rafts.

The guides ensure that all you have to do is sit back and relax. The 16 foot inflatable rafts have what is called a ‘stern oar frame’ mounted on the back. This means the guide will be at the stern of the raft (the back) propelling and steering the raft along the float tour with oars. You can share the experience of sitting in the guide’s seat as someone takes over the oars (normally the little ones, we take no offence if Mom and Dad would rather chill!). The guides are always completely aware however, of where and when this is safe.
Adults of all ages are welcome on the float tours and those well into their 80’s enjoy the adventures. The pathway to the river where the tour begins and ends is very gentle and manageable for any age or ability and the guides are very helpful in lending a hand.
Guests are more than welcome to bring a camera, or any other means of photography device with them. Naturally, caution is advised since they don’t float so well if you drop them overboard. The Bow River in Canmore is a very gentle float but there is the possibility that one chooses to take a picture just as a small wave rocks the boat, and there goes your favourite selfie stick with your phone attached!

As an alternative the guides carry with them a high quality DSLR zoom lens camera in the event that there are any unique wildlife sightings along your river adventure. Depending on the location of the sighting it cannot be guaranteed that it is a safe spot on the river to pull over for photos, or in the interests of not disturbing the wildlife’s natural activities the raft may have to gently float on. Support staff will also take a series of riverside shots with high quality DSLR zoom lens cameras to provide guests without cameras, or those that wish to purchase a copy, to leave the trip with high quality photos of their Canmore float tour.

Safety is the highest priority and no matter how pretty those mountains look, you will never be taken down the river if it is felt to be unsafe. Water levels are assessed daily, but thankfully during the summer months, on this stretch of the Bow River the water is very calm. A professionally guided float tour along the Bow River in Canmore is probably one of the best river float sections for someone new to traveling on rivers.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
Included
  • Lifejacket, rainjacket (if needed)
  • Professional river guide on each raft
Transport Options
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Canmore)
  • Meet at Canmore Boat Launch
  • The minimum age is 3 years old or (min 30lbs).
  • Children under the age of 18 must have an adult accompanying them.
  • Every participant is required to sign an activity waiver prior to commencing the tour.
Included
  • Lifejacket, rainjacket (if needed)
  • Professional river guide on each raft
Transport Options
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Canmore)
  • Meet at Canmore Boat Launch
Canmore Activities
River Adventure
Canmore Wildlife
Float Trip