Introduction to The Paddle Station
May 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by The Paddle Station
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Welcome to The Paddle Station 

There is no better way to explore Calgary's Bow River than with a raft, kayak or paddle board rental. Paddling through the water alone or with friends or family, you get the opportunity to see the city from an entirely new perspective. We are The Paddle Station, and we can make floating down the Bow River a safe, exhilarating and thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone. A raft rental company on the banks of the Bow River, we make it easy for you to just turn up and get paddling. 

We Take Care of Everything for You 

Many people are put off by kayaking because they don’t have the gear or the equipment, they think it will be too much hassle; they don’t know what they are doing, or they worry that they aren’t skilled or experienced enough. We’re here to tell you there’s no need to worry. We can take care of everything for you. 

We provide all the equipment you need including the safty talk, vessel, safety gear, life vests, and emergency kits. You just need to turn up wearing clothes you don’t mind getting wet, and proper footwear. That means you don’t have to worry about buying and storing your own vessel, the logistics of transporting it to your destination, and sourcing all the right safety gear for your trip. 

When you book your raft or kayak from us, you meet us at our start Paddle Station at Shouldice Athletic Park along the river’s edge in Calgary NW, and then paddle to our destination station at St. Patrick's Island, next to the Calgary Zoo. 

Just turn up at the time booked, and we’ll be there waiting for you. We’ll give you instructions on how to safely enjoy your adventure and tell you everything you need to know, kit you in a free personal flotation device/life vest. Your kayak, raft or stand up paddleboard will be all ready for you so you won’t need to waste any time waiting around or getting things ready. Raft experiences are two to four hours, and we’ll collect your vessel from you at the end location, so you can get dried off, relax and chat about your adventures. 

If you choose to have an optional guide onboard your raft, you’ll be all set for even more fun. Our guides will get you involved in interactive games on the rafts and can show you safe spots for a dip in the water.  

Raft Rentals for Groups and Teams 

The Paddle Station can arrange bachelor and bachelorette bookings for an unforgettable day out with your friends before you settle down to married life. We also offer private booking during and outside of operation hours for group, VIP and team bookings. In fact, kayaking or rafting on the Bow River is a great idea for corporate and team-building events. With our Bow guided package, you get a guide, and you can rent a few rafts and have a race or competition between your teams to boost team spirit and the fun factor.  

The Paddle Station makes it easy to enjoy kayaking and rafting in Calgary. Explore the Bow River while having fun, enjoying the fresh air, and getting fit and active.  You can book your ride online with us today.