Boat Cruises in Alberta


Waterton National Park – Photo Credit: Waterton Cruise

From cruises on North Saskatchewan River to experiencing the aquamarine waters of Alberta on a boat cruise that takes one on a trip along the majestic views of the Canadian Rockies, here are five cruises to board in Alberta:

1. Waterton Cruise


Go on a scenic cruise from Canada to the United States! Step aboard the historic M.V. International, cruise along the shoreline of beautiful Upper Waterton Lake and cross the International border to Goat Haunt, Montana. Enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer. View majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, beautiful waterfalls, snow clad mountain peaks and the International Border. The our boats make photographic and wildlife stops. Bald eagle, bear, moose, deer, mountain sheep and mountain goats are often seen. More Details

Early May to Canadian Thanksgiving.
Duration: 2 and ¼ hours, which includes a ½ hour stop at Goat Haunt – the northern gateway to Glacier National Park.

Waterton National Park – Upper Waterton Lake.

Adult (18+): $53.00
Youth (13 – 17): $26.00
Child (1 – 12): $18.00
Infant (<1):Free but require a ticket

2. Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Experience the Canadian Rockies from a new perspective while cruising beautiful Lake Minnewanka on this panoramic one-hour interpretive cruise. Beginning from the western end of the largest lake in Banff National Park, the Banff Lake Cruise sets sail under towering peaks, where you’ll take in the amazing and ever-changing views of the rocky shoreline to Devil’s Gap. Hear the stories of submerged village of Minnewanka Landing. Keeping your eyes on the forested shore, you might spot bighorn sheep, bald eagles and even the occasional bear. Cruise Details

Boat Cruises in Alberta

Early May to Canadian Thanksgiving.
Duration: 60 minutes

Banff National Park – Lake Minnewanka

Adult (16+) : $58 to $64 + GST; Child (6-15) :$29 to $32

3. Maligne Lake Cruise


Sail 14 kilometres along Maligne Lake, past towering peaks & glaciers, to the peaceful and remarkable Spirit Island. Sit back, relax and enjoy vibrant stories from the onboard tour guide, including the history of the lake and its earliest explorers, along with the geology, glaciology, flora & fauna of the area. Upon arrival at Spirit Island, the boat docks and guests are able to disembark and enjoy a short nature trail leading to a viewing platform for that bucket list photo overlooking Spirit Island. Cruise Details

~ Victoria Day Weekend (Late May) to Canadian Thanksgiving.
Duration: 90 Minutes; Premium Cruise: 2 Hours.

Jasper National National Park – Maligne Lake

Adults (age 16+): $72.00 to $79
Child (age 6-15): $36.00 to $40

4. S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler – Calgary

Boat Cruises in Alberta

Credit: Heritage Park

Set sail for a scenic summer cruise on Calgary’s only paddlewheel boat and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Glenmore Reservoir & the majestic Rocky Mountains. You can also sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres and taste a selection of beer & wines while listening to the delights of a live jazz band as you enjoy a Captain’s Cruise aboard the replica of the S.S. Moyie, a historic sternwheeler that was used to ferry on Kootenay Lake to ferry passengers from Canadian Pacific Railway rail terminal at Kootenay Landing to Nelson, B.C.

20 minutes cruises Daily During Heritage Park Summer Operating season.
Captain’s Cruises: 2 hours Thursdays Late July to Late August | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Glenmore Reservoir – Heritage Park, Calgary

Day Cruise: Heritage Park Admission
General Admission: (15 – 64 yrs): $26.50; Child (3 – 6 yrs): $13.65; Youth (7 – 14 yrs): $18.95; Senior Admission(65+ yrs): $20.70;

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5. The Edmonton Riverboat

Boat Cruises in Alberta

Credit: The Edmonton Riverboat

Join for a weekend brunch, dinner, or just a beautiful sunset cruise in the heart of Edmonton on Edmonton Riverboat across North Saskatchewan River. Erstwhile Edmonton Queen started to sail on the river in 1995 until 2015. It underwent renovation and started sailing again in 2017. Cruise Details

Mid May to ~ Thanksgiving Weekend (depends on North Saskatchewan water levels)
The cruise lasts 60-90 minutes.

Rafters Landing, 9734-98 Ave NW

Varies depending on the type of cruise.

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    1. Katherine

      I wish that you had included Edmonton’s Riverboat cruise. I’d have liked to see prices and menu there…

      January 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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