July 8th, 2010
If all of our Canadian history lessons included spending a day paddling the Bow River, checking out the mountain views and tracking ospreys, we’d be regular history buffs.
These days, kids, and us adults too, are in luck with the new Voyageur Canoe trips in Banff. Hop into a 14-person voyageur replica canoe and enjoy a one-and-a-half hour tour while a story-telling guide enlightens you with tales from the fur-trading days, stories of legendary mapmaker David Thompson and the history of Canada’s great explorers. Although your arms get a workout from paddling, there’s plenty of downtime to float and enjoy the views, and no canoe experience is necessary.
We feel smarter already.
Voyageur Canoe Tours, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (in high season), adults $39; children under 12, $15; 403-760-5007 or www.banffcanoeing.com
See photos from our Voyageur Canoe trip on the Editor’s Diary.