1. Visit the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ont.

With more than 100 canoes and kayaks on display (and 600 in its collection), this family-friendly museum, with hands-on interactive exhibits, is a must for anybody interested in the culture and heritage of the canoe. Displays include many self-propelled silent craft. 

2.Take canoe lessons on the Bow River with the Outdoor Centre in Calgary

The University of Calgary’s Outdoor Centre offers a wide range of programs, from a three-hour introduction to river canoeing on Calgary’s Bow River to multi-day paddles in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and beyond. 

3. Discover natural pockets of B.C.’s Lower Mainland with Ridge Wilderness Adventures in Langley

With sessions from two hours to 10 days, this Lower Mainland company specializes in getting you into the region’s natural pockets, such as secluded white-sand beaches on the Fraser River and winding tributary creeks surrounded by snow-peaked mountains.

4. Explore Winnipeg from the water with Winnipeg Canoe Rentals

See a different slice of this Prairie city on a self-guided tour along the La Salle River. Winnipeg Canoe Rentals provides all the gear and will shuttle all canoe equipment (but not people) back to the launch point at the end of your paddle. 

5. Take a canoe trip on the Yukon River with Kanoe People

Embark on a Yukon River journey through Gold Rush territory from Whitehorse to Dawson City. This trip typically takes more than two weeks, but it’s suitable for anyone with basic canoeing skills, and Kanoe People has all the gear you’ll need. Shorter outings are available. 

6. Go urban canoeing in Fredericton with Second Nature Outdoors

See New Brunswick’s capital from the placid Saint John River on two- to three-hour guided tours in a 14-person canoe. Or rent your own boat at Second Nature’s waterside aquatic centre, pack a lunch and enjoy a lazy day on the water—especially if you take the shuttle to nearby Hartt Island and paddle downstream.


[This story appears in the July 2017 issue of WestJet Magazine]