Great day to drop the kayaks into the Bow River in Banff and paddle upstream. There is a reasonable beach for a picnic about 2.5 hours steady paddling. Generally you see herons, osprey, bald eagles, and perhaps an elk. Since the winds are usually from the west, you can drift back to Banff in no time! By the way: "Happy", as we call it, is the yellow ball with the happy face sitting behind Carol in the photo below. We found Happy a few years ago on an island (sounds like a Tom Hanks movie....) in the Thirty Thousand Island area of Georgian Bay in northern Ontario.
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