Ready to pump up your stand-up paddleboard or kayak? Before exploring the beautiful glacial blue waters of Banff National Park, let’s dive into some quick SUP and Kayak safety tips. Whether you’re a beginner looking to dip your toe into paddling or an experienced paddler looking for a refresher, it’s important to prioritize safety to ensure a smooth and safe experience.
SUP and Kayak Safety Tips
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking are some of the best ways to explore the hidden corners of Banff National Park. However, as inviting as they are, it is important to remember how to enjoy them safely. The water in lakes and rivers can be cold, even on a hot day, so make sure you are prepared if you fall in and ensure you always wear a lifejacket or PFD to help you stay afloat.
If you’re ready to stand-up paddleboard in Banff National Park, Parks Canada has made it mandatory to fill in a self-certification permit. Failure to do so could leave you with an unwanted fine. Self-certification permits are required for anyone paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, or boating in Banff National Park. They can be found at the lake or river, or available to fill in online before your adventure. By filling in the permit, you are helping to stop the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species. Don’t worry, all SkiBig3 Adventure Hub watersport rentals are cleaned after each use, so rest assured they’re safe to use in Banff National Park.
SUP & Kayak Paddle Locations
Looking for where to take your SUP or Kayak? Here are some of our favorite spots in Banff National Park. Whether you are off on a full-day or half-day adventure, you will have an unforgettable experience. We recommend locations with calm water and low wind. Always check conditions before you head out.
Following these safety tips will allow you to paddle and explore the hidden gems of Banff National Park. If you are looking to take the saftey tips and our paddle location recommendations on the go, don’t forget to download the SkiBig3 App.
In-store rental rates are available from June through September, weather dependent. You can reserve online, or pop into the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub and explore the waters of Banff National Park. Looking to take your adventure to the next level? Explore our latest offers and save 15% when you combine your rentals with another activity.