Expect traffic congestion in the Lake Louise area. Parking is extremely limited at the Lake Louise Lakeshore and Moraine Lake and is often full by sunrise and remains full throughout the day. Booking a seat on a Parks Canada shuttle is the best way to provide certainty in reaching your destination!

 Safety is our top priority and COVID-19 precautions will be in place throughout your experience in Lake Louise. Stay up to date by visiting the Banff National Park COVID-19 page.


Transit information

Lake Louise local routes

Booking a seat on a Parks Canada shuttle is the best way to enjoy your visit! Private shuttles are also available. Inquire at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre for details or contact: pc.lakelouiseinfo-infolakelouise.pc@canada.ca or 403-522-3833.

New in 2021 – Shuttle reservations required!
Book your seat using the Parks Canada Reservation System beginning April 28, 2021. A portion of seats will be released in a rolling window, 48 hours prior to departure day. Walk-up seat sales are not permitted.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Moraine Lake Shuttle and Lake Connector will not be in service until June 1, 2021 due to hazardous winter conditions on the Moraine Lake Road.

Route map
 Parks Canada Shuttle: Lake Louise Lakeshore

When: Daily from May 14 to October 11, 2021

Where: Direct from the Park and Ride to the Lake Louise Lakeshore

Reservations are required for all shuttles departing the Park and Ride to Lake Louise Lakeshore. Once at Lake Louise Lakeshore, you can connect between Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on a first come first serve basis, via the Lake Connector shuttle.

Fares (includes return trip)
Adult (18 – 64 years) $ 8
Senior (65+ years) $ 4
Youth (6 – 17 years) $ 2
Child (under 6 years) Free

There is a $3 non-refundable transaction fee per reservation when purchasing shuttle tickets on the Parks Canada Reservation System.

Your shuttle ticket does not include a National Park entry fee and your National Park entrance fee does not serve as a shuttle ticket. Both are required. National Park passes can be purchased from the park gates, visitor centres, campground or online.

  • Service frequency

    Every 20 minutes between 8 am and 6:20 pm.

    The final return bus from Lake Louise Lakeshore to the Park and Ride is at 7:50 pm.

 Parks Canada Shuttle: Moraine Lake

When: Daily from June 1 to October 11, 2021.

Where: Direct from the Park and Ride to Moraine Lake.

Reservations are required for all shuttles departing the Park and Ride to Moraine Lake. Once at Moraine Lake, you can connect between Moraine Lake and Lake Louise Lakeshore on a first come first serve basis, via the Lake Connector shuttle.

Fares (includes return trip)
Adult (18 – 64 years) $ 8
Senior (65+ years) $ 4
Youth (6 – 17 years) $ 2
Child (under 6 years) Free

There is a $3 non-refundable transaction fee per reservation when purchasing shuttle tickets on the Parks Canada Reservation System.

Your shuttle ticket does not include a National Park entry fee and your National Park entrance fee does not serve as a shuttle ticket. Both are required. National Park passes can be purchased from the park gates, visitor centres, campground or online.

  • Service frequency

    Every 20 minutes between 8:10 am and 5:30 pm.

    The final return bus from Moraine Lake to the Park and Ride is at 7:50 pm.

    Early Bird Service - Beginning June 21 Moraine Lake service begins at 6 am and runs every 30 minutes until 8 am. Reservations are required for early bird departures from the Park and Ride to Moraine Lake.

 Parks Canada Shuttle: Lake Connector

When: Daily from June 1 to October 11, 2021.

Where: Between Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

For visitors who booked a shuttle ride from the Park and Ride to either lake destination, the Lake Connector bus is free of charge. This shuttle is for reservation holders only (proof of ticket required), however you do not need to book a specific time for the Lake Connector shuttle.

  • Service frequency

    Lake Louise to Moraine Lake: Every 15 minutes between 9 am and 6 pm.

    Moraine Lake to Lake Louise: Every 15 minutes between 9:40 am and 6 pm.

 Parks Canada Shuttle: Park and Ride Connector

When: Daily service May 21 to October 11, 2021.

Where: Loops between the Lake Louise Campground, the village of Lake Louise (Samson Mall) and the Lake Louise Park and Ride located 6 km east from the village, on the Trans-Canada Highway.

If you are staying in the village of Lake Louise or at the Lake Louise campground, you are encouraged to use the Park and Ride Connector to get to the Park and Ride.

This route does not require reservations. This service is free of charge.

  • Service frequency

    Every 30 minutes between 8 am and 8 pm.

Frequently asked questions
  • What COVID-19 protocols are in place?

    Now, more than ever, it is crucial to stay informed, plan ahead and ensure you are prepared for your visit to Banff National Park. Arrive prepared and expect a different experience from what you may have had in the past.

    Every visit should start with a trip to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) web page. Here you can find up to date information on what is open, what is closed and how to visit the park safely.

    Safety is our top priority. Parks Canada follows the current advice of public health officials and has implemented the following precautions for visitors using the shuttles:

    • Mandatory masks when riding on, or in loading areas for any Parks Canada shuttle. Masks will be provided for anyone who requires one
    • Full sanitization of each shuttle at least once every 24 hours
    • Increased cleaning of shuttle buses throughout the day in accordance to current guidance provided by Alberta Health Services
    • Reservations allow greater ability to physically distance and stagger arrival and wait times in the Park and Ride. Reservations also remove need for on-site payment
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided

    We need your help to keep our parks safe. When visiting national parks only visit areas that are open, always adhere to the guidance of public health authorities, and respect the experience for other people.

    Come prepared with your own “COVID-kit” including a mask, water, snacks, and hand sanitizer.

  • Are walk-up tickets available for the Parks Canada shuttle?

    Walk-up tickets are not available at the Park and Ride. Please plan ahead and reserve your shuttle ticket in advance. If there is space available, reservations are allowed up until 30 minutes before the departure window.

    Reservations can be made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service.

    An account is required to use the Parks Canada Reservation Service. If you don’t already have an account, Parks Canada recommends creating your account well in advance of purchasing your ticket to ensure a smooth checkout process when booking!

  • When can I make my reservation?

    Shuttle reservations are available beginning at 8 am MDT on April 28, 2021. 50% of the entire operating season (mid-May to mid-October) will be available as of April 28, 2021. The remaining 50% will be released on a rolling window at 8 am 48 hours before departure day, throughout the entire season. For example, the second release of tickets for Tuesday, June 1 will be available at 8 am on Sunday, May 30.

    Reservations can be made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service.

    An account is required to use the Parks Canada Reservation Service. If you don’t already have an account, Parks Canada recommends creating your account well in advance of purchasing your ticket to ensure a smooth checkout process when booking!

    Cellular service is limited; Parks Canada strongly recommends you make your reservation before you leave your home or accommodation.

  • Where are the locations to catch the shuttles?

    All Parks Canada shuttles to Lake Louise Lakeshore and Moraine Lake originate at the Lake Louise Park and Ride lot, located 6 km east of Lake Louise Village.

    If you are staying in the village of Lake Louise or in the Lake Louise Campground, you are encouraged to leave your vehicle at your accommodation and use the free Park and Ride Connector bus.

    More information on shuttle locations and all transit in Banff National Park.

  • What do I do once I have my shuttle reservation?

    Once you have made a reservation to ride the Parks Canada shuttle, you will receive a confirmation email. Please read this email carefully and take a screenshot or print it off, as cellular connectivity is limited.

    Please arrive at the Lake Louise Park and Ride during the one-hour time block indicated on the ticket. You may arrive at anytime during this one-hour window. Parks Canada staff will check you in you and direct you to the correct boarding area. Tickets are non-transferable and photo ID may be requested to verify that the ticket purchaser is present.

    Tickets are good for only one boarding at the Park and Ride, but once at the lakes you may stay as long as you choose, and connect between Lake Louise Lakeshore and Moraine Lake with the Lake Connector bus. Your ticket also includes return shuttle service from either lake back to the Park and Ride when you are ready.

  • Are the shuttles accessible?

    Parks Canada shuttles are not wheelchair accessible but they do allow access for someone with limited mobility.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    Only certified service animals are allowed on Parks Canada shuttles.

  • Can I bring my bike?

    Parks Canada shuttle buses are not equipped to take bikes at this time. If you are travelling by bike, you are encouraged to access Lake Louise via the Tramline Trail which begins in the Lake Louise village. Cycling along Moraine Lake Road and Lake Louise Drive is also allowed but you should expect a narrow shoulder.

    For more information visit Biking in the Lake Louise area

  • Can I bring strollers or backpacks?

    Yes, strollers and day packs/climbing gear are allowed when space permits.

  • Does the Moraine Lake shuttle stop at Paradise Valley trailhead?

    No. If you wish to hike into Paradise Valley or ride the Moraine Lake Highline Trail from Paradise Valley trailhead to Moraine Lake, we recommend you arrive before sunrise to secure parking. Parking space is not guaranteed.

  • What happens if I miss the last shuttle?

    Taxi services are available and will be happy to assist you.

Lake Louise regional routes

Roam Public Transit operates without reservations and can be used to transfer from the town of Banff to a Parks Canada shuttle reservation at the Lake Louise Park and Ride.

Health and safety measures

Transit will be different than in years past. Now, more than ever it is important to plan ahead and learn how to be a responsible visitor to keep yourself and others safe within Banff National Park.

Our highest priority is the safety of visitors, residents and staff. In an effort to provide the safest and best transit experience possible, the following measures are in place for all transit and shuttle offers:

  • Mask are mandatory for all passengers and drivers while using any public transit or shuttle service in Banff National Park, as well as at all loading and unloading areas.
  • Practice physical distancing at all loading and unloading areas.
  • All vehicles have increased cleaning frequency throughout each day in accordance with guidance from Provincial Health authorities.

Click here to learn more about Roam Public Transit routes, fares, scheduling and health and safety measures.

 Roam Route 8X: Lake Louise Express

When: Daily between May 21 – September 19

Where: Service from the town of Banff to Lake Louise Lakeshore along the Trans-Canada Highway, with a stop at Lake Louise Village.

Fares
Adult (18 – 64 years) $ 10
Senior (65+ years) $ 5
Youth (13 – 17 years) $ 5
Child (0 – 12 years) Free
 Roam Route 8S: Lake Louise Scenic

When: Daily between May 21 – September 19

Where: Service from the town of Banff, along the Bow Valley Parkway ending at the Lake Louise Lakeshore. Other stops include Johnston Canyon and Protection Mountain Campground.

Fares
Adult (18 – 64 years) $ 10
Senior (65+ years) $ 5
Youth (13 – 17 years) $ 5
Child (0 – 12 years) Free
 Roam Route 10: Moraine Lake Express

When: Daily between September 20 – October 11

Where: Service from the town of Banff to Moraine Lake along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Fares
Adult (18 – 64 years) $ 5
Senior (65+ years) $ 2.50
Youth (13 – 17 years) $ 2.50
Child (0 – 12 years) Free

 

For more information on tickets, fares and frequencies please visit Roam Transit


Parking information


Parking at Lake Louise Lakeshore and Moraine Lake is often full by sunrise and remains full throughout the day in peak season (May to October). There is no space to wait for parking stalls to become available. Washroom and drop off/pick up areas cannot be accessed when parking is full. Plan ahead, arrive with extra time and patience, and have back-up areas to visit.

New in 2021– Paid parking at Lake Louise Lakeshore!
Paid parking will be in effect at Lake Louise Lakeshore during the shuttle operational season, from mid-May to mid-October.

Lake Louise Lakeshore

The lakeshore parking lot fills quickly and stays full throughout daylight hours. During peak periods it may take 60 to 90 minutes to get a parking spot. There is no space in Lake Louise to wait for these parking spots.

Paid parking in effect during the shuttle operational season, from mid-May to mid-October. A valid parking permit is required between 7 am and 7 pm for all vehicles in the Lake Louise Lakeshore public parking lot. Look for pay stations when you arrive. You must also have a valid national park entry pass.

Frequently asked questions
  • When is paid parking in effect?

    Paid parking is in effect from mid-May to mid-October, 7 am to 7 pm.

  • Where is paid parking required?

    All public parking stalls at the Lake Louise Lakeshore parking lot require a paid parking permit. Parking in the village of Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, the Park and Ride and all other day use lots across Banff National Park do not require a parking fee.

  • What is the pay parking fee?

    $11.70 per vehicle per day

    For more information on fees, visit Fees

  • How do I pay for my parking permit?

    Once you’ve secured a parking spot in the Lake Louise Lakeshore parking lot, look for parking kiosk machines located next to the pathway on your way to the lake. Follow the prompts on the screens or consult the signage next to them for more information.

    The Lake Louise Lakeshore parking lot will operate on a pay-by-plate system, so be sure to remember to take a photo of your license plate! You do not need to return to your vehicle to display your parking permit.

    The parking kiosk machines will also have an option for you to purchase your National Park entry pass if you do not already have one. This step is not required if you have already purchased a National Park entry pass elsewhere.

  • Can I park my car overnight in the Lake Louise Lakeshore parking lot?

    No. Overnight parking is not permitted in any day use lot across Banff National Park unless you are staying at a backcountry campsite or backcountry hut.

  • Do I need to pay for a Lake Louise Lakeshore parking permit in addition to my National Park entry pass? Why?
    • Yes, all visitors to the national parks require a valid park entry pass. The parking machines at Lake Louise Lakeshore will have an option for you to purchase your National Park entry pass if you do not already have one. This step is not required if you have already purchased a National Park entry pass elsewhere. For more information visit the Park passes.
    • Parks Canada is committed to developing and implementing long term, sustainable transit solutions for Banff National Park. The implementation of paid parking for Lake Louise Lakeshore will further incentivize visitor transit services and ensure these services are sustainable for generations to come.
  • Where does the revenue from parking and shuttle fees go?

    All revenue collected from parking fees at Lake Louise Lakeshore and from the Lake Louise shuttles remain within Banff National Park. The revenue collected from all service fees are used to support visitor services and facilities.

    Parks Canada is committed to developing and implementing long term, sustainable transit solutions for Banff National Park, and the revenue collected through parking fees at the Lake Louise Lakeshore will help offset the cost of providing visitor transportation services within the Lake Louise area and Banff National Park as a whole. Visitor fees never exceed the costs of delivering the service to visitors, they only ever recover costs, keeping visitor experiences affordable.

Moraine Lake

Vehicles are only permitted on Moraine Lake Road when parking is available at Moraine Lake. Parking is limited and fills quickly during daylight hours.

Travel to the lake is restricted once the parking lot fills and there is no space to wait for parking stalls to become available. Access to Paradise Valley trailhead will also be restricted when parking is full.

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