Rentals in the Rockies: Do you have what you need for your next mountain adventure?

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Summer in the Canadian Rockies promises endless activities and fun ways to connect with nature. A lot of these activities come with a lot of … stuff. Sometimes it’s worth it to fork out the cash and have your own equipment, but sometimes buying every little thing just means you’ll have less money and no storage space in your life. Don’t let the amount of stuff take away from your ability to enjoy the mountains! There are plenty of places to rent the gear you need to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Here are some of our favourites.

Travel on Two Wheels

Mountain biking has exploded in recent years. If this adrenaline-filled, high-intensity outdoor sport appeals to you, there are excellent trails in the Canadian Rockies that can accommodate this sport – we recommend the trails at the Canmore Nordic Centre or the downhill biking at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC.

If careening down the face of a mountain isn’t for you, there are also plenty of trails for a leisurely pedal with friends and family surrounded by fantastic scenery.

An illustration of an e-bike to represent summer rentals in the Canadian Rockies.

Townie bikes are a popular choice for stylish transportation, but with only one gear, these bikes may make you break more of a sweat than you bargained for! E-bikes are becoming extremely popular for their versatility and their ability to allow people of all fitness levels to enjoy a summer bike ride down a paved path with stunning mountain views. With various levels of pedal-assist, everyone can bike at the same pace, no matter their fitness level.

Rent bikes and e-bikes from Bike Banff, located in the train station. If you’re not sure where to go, book a guided tour to discover the best spots! Other places to rent bikes and e-bikes include Banff Adventures, Wilson Mountain Sports in Lake Louise, Trail Sports or Pedago in Canmore, Jasper Source for Sports, and Selkirk Ski and Bike in Golden, BC.

A Day on the Water

There is no better way to spend a hot summer day than relaxing on the water. If engine-powered transportation is your forte, Lake Minnewanka Boat Rentals can provide you with everything you need to explore this mountain-ringed lake. Or, take a Lake Minnewanka Tour in Banff or Maligne Lake Cruise in Jasper to let someone else navigate the waves while you sit back and enjoy guided interpretation.

An illustration of a stand up paddleboard on a beach with a paddle and a towel to represent rentals in the Canadian Rockies for summer.

If you’re looking to experience the tranquility of a mountain lake with nothing more than the quiet drip of water off your paddle, renting a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is a fantastic idea. Canoes and kayaks are excellent modes of water transportation that Indigenous Peoples in Canada have used for thousands of years. Paddleboards, on the other hand, are a by-product of surfing culture and are exploding as a popular way to explore the waterways.

Rent your canoe, kayak, or SUP from the Banff Canoe Club. Located right on the Bow River, you’ll have access to a calm section of river as well as nearby Echo Creek and Vermilion Lakes. Other places to rent include Kananaskis Outfitters, Pure Outdoors in Jasper, the Maligne Lake Boathouse, also in Jasper, and Far Out Adventure Hub in the village of Radium Hot Springs.

Take a Hike

Of course one of the most popular activities to do in the Canadian Rockies is hiking. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along the river in town, a multi-day backcountry trek, or anything in between, the right gear will take your adventure from long and painful to one of the most amazing times spent outdoors.

For hiking, proper boots make or break your day. You’ll want to buy these, and make sure they’re broken in before you hit the trailhead! You’ll also want well fitted and balanced backpack, enough food and water (probably more than you think!), bear spray, and protective layers against sun, wind, rain, and snow – because you never know what the day may throw your way. Hiking poles can make a big difference on steep trails too.

Illustration of a pair of hiking boots to represent summer hiking rentals in the mountains.

Rent the gear you need for your next mountain hike from Bactrax in Banff, Wilson Mountain Sports in Lake Louise, Jasper Source for Sports, and Wilderness Equipment Rentals in Canmore.

If you’re heading out on a guided hike, many tour providers may also provide equipment like poles, backpacks, and sometimes even boots. Check out the hiking options from SunDog Tours in Jasper and White Mountain Adventures in Banff.

Sleepover under the Stars

With countless campsites and backcountry camping throughout the Canadian Rockies, there’s no wonder why people love getting back to nature by spending a few nights under the stars. You'll need to get prepared! If you’re sleeping in the front country, you can pack a little heavier since you don’t need to carry anything too far. If you’re venturing into the backcountry, however, you’ll want to make sure you have lightweight and technical gear that can withstand the elements.

A hiking backpack to represent summer equipment rentals in the Canadian Rockies

Tents, backpacks, sleeping pads and bags, bear spray, and all the gear you need for a successful camping trip is available to rent in the Canadian Rockies. Bactrax has everything you could imagine in Banff, while Wilderness Equipment Rentals has the gear you need in Canmore. Also find camping gear rentals at Jasper Source for Sports.

Story by Taylor Jaine | Illustrations by Juliette Wilson