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11 Canoe Trips You Have To Experience If You're Canadian

Nothing like a scenic paddle to boost your Canadian pride! Especially because this year, we celebrate CIBC’s 150th birthday alongside the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. Show your love for Canada with #StandForCanada.

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1. The Bowron Lakes Circuit, British Columbia

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The unparalleled Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit includes a chain of lakes, waterways, and portages. Surrounded by placid lakes, mountains, and wildlife, this circuit is every canoer's dream!

2. Massasauga Provincial Park, Ontario

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With many beautiful campsites along the shores of Georgian Bay, Massasauga Provincial Park is a tripper's paradise. Being a backcountry-only park, the sole way to access it is by canoe, kayak, or boat, which makes for an especially remote experience.

3. The Churchill River, Saskatchewan

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Although Saskatchewan is widely known as the flatlands of Canada, the province actually has over 100,000 lakes and plenty of rivers. Most notably, the Churchill River. Take in the stunning landscape of this region as you canoe through serene lakes and rushing rapids.

4. Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario

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It's no wonder that this region has long attracted renowned artists like The Group of Seven; its crystal clear lakes, stunning Georgian Bay coast, and scenic backcountry campsites are incredibly picturesque. You'll probably want to bring along a paintbrush!

5. The Mackenzie River, Northwest Territories

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The Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories is the second largest river system in North America after the Mississippi River. Paddling the entire river could take an entire summer, so be sure to plan ahead!

6. Rivière Noire (Black River), Québec

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The Rivière Noire is a lesser known white-water river in Quebec, with endless white-water, short portages, and incredible wildlife. After a day of hard paddling, relax on one of the sandy beach campsites that surround the lower part of the river.

7. Rideau Canal, Ontario

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The Rideau Canal is the perfect place to canoe along on a sunny day. With multiple access points, it's easy for paddlers of any skill to get on the water. You can even catch a glimpse of the Parliament Building in Ottawa before you paddle out of the city.

8. Naha Dehé (South Nahanni River), Northwest Territories

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After a long day of canoeing Canada's deepest ancient river canyons, relax in the Kraus Hot Springs. Also be sure to check out the 302-foot-high Virginia Falls, almost twice the height of Niagara Falls!

9. Algonquin Park, Ontario

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The only way to explore this majestic park is by canoe or on foot. The Algonquin landscape is breathtaking, with rocky ridges, idyllic campsites, and stunning lakes to paddle through all day long.

10. The Thelon River, Nunavut

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If you paddle along the Thelon River, you're likely to bump into some majestic arctic wildlife! The Beverly caribou herd crosses the river during their annual migration. The Thelon continues to play an integral role in the lives of Inuit communities who rely on its resources for survival; it was designated a Canadian Heritage River in an effort to protect the regions vast natural resources.

11. Temagami River Provincial Park, Ontario

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This 30-kilometre-long waterway is famous for its range of paddling opportunities, with beginner to more advanced white-water areas. Be sure to catch a glimpse of Temagami's impressive sunsets as you chill by the campfire.

Celebrate by the lake this summer. In 2017, we celebrate CIBC’s 150th birthday alongside the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. #StandForCanada