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Trying to figure out a fun way to spend the weekend with your friends, but want to try something a little different? A guys’ fishing trip to Canmore is the perfect way to spend time with your buds that’s still exciting, unique and that everyone can enjoy.

Want to hear more? Read on for Spring Creek Vacations’ ultimate weekend getaway guide for a guys’ fishing trip to Canmore, Alberta.

man fishing while standing in the water
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What You’ll Need For Your Guys’ Fishing Trip To Canmore

Whether you’re an avid fisher or this will be your first time trying to catch a fish, you’ll need a few things for your fishing trip. This isn’t just a fishing rod, either; you’ll also want to plan for what you’ll wear, get a fishing license, use to bait, and other items, too.

What to wear on your guys’ fishing trip:

  • Hat (for sun protection, preferably waterproof or water repelling)
  • Long pants
  • Extra socks and shoes or boots (there’s nothing worse than wet socks and shoes!)
  • A vest or jacket with lots of pockets
  • Waders (if you plan to go into the water, this will help you not get soaked)
  • Towel
  • A change of clothes (so you’re not sitting in wet clothes on the way home)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (especially if it’s a sunny day on the water – try to bring sports ones or those with a tie or string on them to avoid them falling in the water)
  • Windbreaker (it can be cool and windy on the water, even in the summer in Canmore)

Fishing gear you’ll need on your guys’ fishing trip:

  • A fishing net
  • Pliers, specifically ones with longer prongs to remove hooks
  • Knives (for gutting and cleaning the fish)
  • A cooler and ice (to store the fish)
  • A fishing rod
  • Fishing reels
  • Fishing lines
  • Artificial lures or live bait (if using live bait, you’ll need a bucket and coolers for them)
  • Tackle box to store your equipment in
close up of 2 fishing rods
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Other gear you should bring on your guys’ fishing trip:

  • A fishing license (Yes, you will need one if you don’t have one. Be sure to get yours ready before your trip. Find out more about fishing licenses in Alberta)
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Map (especially if you’re unfamiliar with the Canmore area)
  • Waterproof bag (to carry personal items like your wallet and phone)
  • Water and non-alcoholic beverages (it is not recommended or safe to consume alcohol while fishing or boating. It is illegal to drink and drive a boat in Alberta)
  • Snacks or food
  • A measuring tape and camera, to document your catches

Keep in mind that this is a quick reference list of items you will want to bring for the fishing part of your trip; you may want to bring more or need other items for the rest of your trip. If you’re planning to also go boating around Canmore, make sure you also have a valid boating license and training depending on your boat.

man throwing a net into the water off of a boat
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Where To Get Fishing Gear In Canmore + Guided Fishing Tours In Canmore

Forget something at home, or want to pick up your gear once you’re in Canmore? Don’t worry, Canmore has you covered. 

Family-owned and operating since 1989, Wapiti Sports & Outfitters is the go-to spot in Canmore for picking up fishing gear and hunting gear. But they aren’t only a gear shop – they also offer Guided Fishing Tours in Canmore with knowledgeable local guides as well as Casting Clinics, perfect for newbies, groups who need a guide for the Canmore area, or those who want others to take charge in planning the fishing part of their trip. Plus, you can even try ice fishing in the winter for an added layer of adventure.

If you’re looking for another option for a guided fishing tour, we also recommend Canmore Fishing Adventures. Also locally owned and operated in Canmore, they offer a wide variety of fishing tour styles in many areas throughout the Bow Valley. If you’re looking to make the weekend getaway extra special, they even offer Alpine Lake Helicopter and ATV Access Fishing Tours so that you can access remote fishing spots for a memorable adventure. 
A fishing tour is a great way to make planning your guys’ fishing trip to Canmore easier and less stressful, and Wapiti Sports & Outfitters and Canmore Fishing Adventures are our recommended options for gear and tours.

close up of a man ice fishing
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Where To Go Fishing In And Around Canmore

Now that you have your gear figured out, it’s time to decide where to go for your guys’ fishing trip! If you’re not planning on booking a guided fishing tour, you’ll need to figure out where you want to go in advance. 

In Canmore, there are plenty of great fishing spots to choose from:

There are plenty more fishing spots around Canmore and further out (if you’re willing to take a bit of a drive or a tour) but these are our top three spots closer to Canmore.

2 men fishing on a dock
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What To Do When You’re Not Fishing On Your Weekend Getaway

Of course, if you’re on a weekend getaway with your friends in Canmore, you probably won’t only want to go fishing. And depending on your group, not everyone will want to fish, either.

Here is a quick list of other Canmore activities during your guys’ fishing trip:

Indulge in some delicious food and discover Canmore’s foodie scene

4 small glasses of beer on a wooden board
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Where To Stay For Your Guys’ Fishing Trip To Canmore

Now that you have all your fishing trip plans ready to go and your itinerary is packed, you’ll need to book a place to stay. If you’re hoping to have everyone stay under one roof, want to cook your meals, or simply want the comfort and space that comes with a luxury vacation rental, then Spring Creek Vacations is the place for you.

Spring Creek Vacations has stunning vacation rentals right in the heart of Canmore. With one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom options, these luxury vacation rentals offer comfortable accommodations for a range of group sizes. 
All of our vacation rentals are equipped with full, gourmet kitchens, and have spa-like bathrooms, relaxing seating areas and living rooms, and cozy fireplaces. Plus, many of our rentals have private balconies and decks with gorgeous views, and all of our Canmore rentals have high-end furnishings and amenities to elevate your time in Canmore. Each of our vacation rental buildings also feature a shared outdoor hot tub, prime locations in the vibrant community of Spring Creek in Canmore, as well as heated underground parking. Each building also has its own unique but modern style, and will easily make your guys’ fishing trip to Canmore something special.

one bedroom condo
Penthouse Condo at the Tamarack Lodge at Spring Creek Vacations.

Booking A Guys’ Fishing Trip To Canmore With Spring Creek Vacations

Your Canmore weekend getaway with your friends will be one to remember! Full of adventure, a guys’ fishing trip to Canmore is something that everyone in your group can enjoy. Ready to book your fishing trip with Spring Creek Vacations? Take a look at our White Spruce Lodge, Rundle Cliffs Lodge and Tamarack Lodge vacation rentals to book your stay today.

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