Canoe Rentals

During the 2018 Glenmore Dam upgrade the Calgary Canoe Club will operate as usual, click to view more info ↓

2018 Dam Upgrade: Reservoir water levels will be impacted.

The Calgary Canoe Club will operate as usual in 2018. In order for the City to complete repairs to the dam, the water levels will be kept very low throughout the season. Low water levels will limit the area we can paddle on the reservoir. There will be no access to the Weaselhead flats area, including the channel that runs along the shoreline. All members and daily rentals must comply with new restricted area guidelines. We will review these with members and daily rentals upon registration. The Canoe Club will be closed to members and rentals for two events in 2018:

  • July 6th – Calgary Rowing Club Regatta.
  • August 11-12th – Calgary Dragon Boat Festival.

Otherwise, the Club will remain open during regular business hours as in the past and as per usual based on weather, spring run off and hopefully no other unforeseen issues with the dam project.

For current information on the project please see the City of Calgary’s Glenmore Dam Infrastructure Improvement page

Low level water impact in the Weaselhead flats area noted in red

On reservoir canoe rentals for non-members are:

$35 for the day
$25 for a half day (after 3 p.m. or under 3 hours).
$15.00 for one hour

Price includes paddles and lifejackets.

Equipment: Our canoes are aluminum with 2 seats. You may take a 3rd person sitting in the middle-bottom of the canoe.
To prevent capsizing, ensure proper balance in the boat by distributing weight evenly.

Safety Notes: Yes – Canoes do tip over. If you are not prepared for this to happen you should not go out. Windy conditions are also a factor, making it easier to tip. All paddlers must be confident they can swim if the canoe does tip over.

  • Stay close to shore
  • Stay close to the Clubhouse in poor weather conditions
  • Please stay off the race course
  • Give right of way to all other vessels on the reservoir (SS Moyie paddleboat, Rowers, Dragon Boats, competitive canoes and kayaks)

Clothing suggestions: We suggest you wear clothing that is not restrictive in case you do get wet.

Please note: Rentals are first come first serve. No reservations are taken. With over 25 aluminum canoes we typically have plenty of boats. You can call ahead for those very warm, sunny weekend afternoons to check on availability if wanted. Also reservoir bylaw requires lifejackets to be worn at all times while on the Glenmore reservoir. An exception to the lifejacket bylaw are paddling competitions amongst seasoned athletes.

Kayak Rentals: Sorry, we do not rent kayaks to nonmembers.

If you have any questions please head to our FAQ’s page as it may be answered there.