Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

Kayaking on Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park

If there is a body of water nearby, it’s a safe bet to assume we will try to find a way to paddle. Clear Lake in Canada’s Riding Mountain National Park was no exception. We joined a midmorning tour and were excited to get out kayaking on Clear Lake. It was great to learn a bit about one of the iconic lakes in the park.

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

Parks Canada offers a variety of activities during their summer programming every year, and we had the chance to participate in a couple of them: Driving Safari – Meet the Bison and Paddle Clear Lake.

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

Our 9:00 a.m. paddling tour met at the Riding Mountain National Park Visitor Center in Wasagaming, so we showed up and hoped the rain would hold off for a couple of hours. Once our group was all in attendance, we made the short walk over to Clear Lake to get our gear in order. We were fitted with life jackets, paddles and kayaks, and Micah and I were assigned a tandem kayak. It’s a good thing we’ve learned to get along in a double kayak because we’ve had a lot of tandem kayaking experiences recently–it’s a challenge, guys!

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

Thankfully, when we launched our kayaks for the two-hour paddle, we were welcomed to a fairly calm lake, partly sunny skies and most importantly, no rain. It was a perfect day to get out on the water.

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

Annik, the wonderful ranger guiding our tour, led our group of five along the shoreline. It didn’t take long to feel like we were out of town, completely immersed in nature. As we paddled, she told us about her favorite places in the park, details about the lake and its ecosystem, what the winter season is like in the area, and info about the nearby town, Wasagaming.

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

We heard stories about how the lake froze over perfectly smooth one winter. You were able to see the fish swimming below the ice and you could even ice skate across the entire lake! We had a great time chatting—it’s always fun learning about a place from someone who loves where they live.

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

About halfway into the paddle, we beached our kayaks near a waterside bench for some stretching and snacking. Annik had packed iced tea and delicious banana chocolate chip bread from a local bakery, and wow, it was amazing! We couldn’t have asked for a better treat, and the views weren’t too shabby either.

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

After we all had our fill of treats, we jumped back into our kayaks and paddled our way back towards Wasagaming. Clear Lake is the largest lake in Riding Mountain National Park, and you can find plenty of exciting things to do both on the water and off. In addition to kayaking, we also took a sunset cruise on the lake, hiked the trails running along the lake’s shoreline, and shopped and dined in the adorable town of Wasagaming, located right next to the lake.

Kayaking Clear Lake Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

The two-hour kayak tours are typically offered four days a week—two days in the morning at 9:00 a.m. and two evenings at 7:30 p.m. Advanced reservations are required and groups are limited to 8 people per trip. The tours are currently priced at $22.00 per person and this includes your kayaks and equipment for the tour. You can also rent kayaks from the marina in town if you would like to head out on your own. Either way, kayaking on Clear Lake is an experience you shouldn’t miss when you visit Riding Mountain National Park!


Have you ever been to Riding Mountain National Park?


Special thanks to Travel Manitoba and Parks Canada for providing us with complimentary kayak tours. As always, all opinions are our own. 

Kayaking on Clear Lake in Canada's Riding Mountain National Park is a fantastic adventure that can't be missed!
  • Kavey Favelle
    Posted at 02:28h, 22 July Reply

    I’ve never visited Riding Mountain National Park but it looks really beautiful and I am liking the idea of kayaking as a way to see the lake from a different perspective. That banana cake looks like a great mid-trip snack too!
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  • MG
    Posted at 02:59h, 22 July Reply

    I loved seeing your kayaking photos, it looks so beautiful! I’ve never been to Riding Mountain National Park, but you’ve just added another place to my Canadian Bucket list 🙂 I’ve always struggled with Kayaking (I have zero upper body strength!) but whenever I do it, it’s always a worthwhile activity because there just are some places you can’t visit/explore without a kayak!

  • Aleah
    Posted at 04:58h, 22 July Reply

    Seems like a lot of fun! I’ve gone kayaking in the rivers in Asia, but not to Canada. I should make sure to visit there during summer, I would love that experience. And the price of $22 is not bad, too.
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  • Mike Cotton
    Posted at 02:44h, 23 July Reply

    It’s amazing, I lived, worked and played in Canada for four years and only explored a tiny corner of BC. I need to get out and explore of this beautiful country.

  • Jane M
    Posted at 05:23h, 23 July Reply

    It looks like you had a perfect day for kayaking. I’m from Canada and have done a lot of kayaking there but have never been to Clear Lake before. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Barbara
    Posted at 07:57h, 23 July Reply

    I have never been to this beautiful park, but it looks like a really fun adventure. Canada is such a beautiful place. nature is so pretty here. You are lucky to have had a chance to experience it.

  • Karla
    Posted at 00:01h, 24 July Reply

    I did one in Kananaskis but they told me about this, I would definitely try it . It’s a fun activity plus those views are awesome.

  • Veronika Tomanova
    Posted at 09:35h, 25 July Reply

    Clear Lake looks amazing…I live in Bavaria now surrouned by some cool lakes too, so I can not appreciate it. We do not have such a great kayaking tours though, I will definitely add Riding Mountain National Park on my list when in Canada.

  • Nathan
    Posted at 10:39h, 25 July Reply

    This lake is gorgeous! I would love to go here. I’ve not done much kayaking but it looks fun!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 06:20h, 26 July Reply

    Tandem kayaking is a challenge! I haven’t tried it with Justin before, but I’ve done it with my sister. We formulated a clear system of the front person yelling “RIGHT” or “LEFT”! if they were changing sides. It was pretty hilarious and we made the most of it! Scenery looks beautiful, btw!
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  • Cai Dominguez
    Posted at 20:56h, 28 July Reply

    I noticed that Canada is truly a home of beautiful lakes. Now, I learned something new again. This place is so beautiful. I would love to Kayak here 🙂
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  • Isaac
    Posted at 13:50h, 15 August Reply

    Wow! That dessert surely looks amazing. Your Riot kayak too, though 🙂 Really high quality pictures guys.

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