From cruises on the 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 six cruises and boat tours to experience in Alberta.
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1. Waterton Cruise
Go on a scenic cruise from Canada to the United States! Step aboard the historic M.V. International, and cruise along the shoreline of beautiful Upper Waterton Lake and cross the International border to Goat Haunt, Montana (closed in 2021). Enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery the Waterton National Park has to offer. View majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, beautiful waterfalls, snow-clad mountain peaks and the International Border. The boat makes photographic and wildlife stops. Bald eagles, bears, 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 (13+): $60.00 / $50.00 for Alberta Residents
Child (0 – 12): $30.00/ $25.00 for Alberta Residents
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 the 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
Early May to Canadian Thanksgiving.
Duration: 60 minutes
Banff National Park – Lake Minnewanka
Adult (16+) : $46 & up + GST; Child (6-15) :$23 & up
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+): $62.00 & up
Child (age 6-15): $31 & up
Children 5 and under are free
4. S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler – Calgary
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. The boat is a replica of S.S. Moyie, a historic sternwheeler that was used to ferry on Kootenay Lake to ferry passengers from the Canadian Pacific Railway rail terminal at Kootenay Landing to Nelson, B.C. Details
20 minutes cruises Daily During Heritage Park Summer Operating season.
Glenmore Reservoir – Heritage Park, Calgary
Day Cruise: Included in Heritage Park Admission
General (16 – 64):$29.95; Child (3 – 6): $14.95; Youth (7 – 15): $19.95; Senior (65+): $22.95You may like:
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5. Black Gold River Tours
Explore North Saskatchewan River starting from Devon and experience an exhilarating boat ride through Alberta’s Capital. You can choose from five packages including one in which they stoop at a secluded Island for a mock gold panning. Other options include scenic Edmonton with a stop on historic Big Island, exploring the hidden islands and a calm float down the river. Cruise Details
On request and depending on the North Saskatchewan River levels
18 Pembina Street, Devon and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, Edmonton
Rental is per boat for 6 people and varies from $239 to $569 depending on tours.
6. 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.
The boat did not operate in 2020 due to ice jam damage. Cruise Details
Not operating in 2021
Rafters Landing, 9734-98 Ave NW
Varies depending on the type of cruise.
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