Parking is limited at the Lake Louise Lakeshore and Moraine Lake. Parking lots are full by sunrise in peak season, between May and October. Planning ahead is key. Make the most of your visit to Banff National Park by using shuttles and transit. Park your car in the Town of Banff and ride Roam Public Transit from Banff to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

*In fall 2020* Parks Canada is pleased to work with Roam Public Transit to offer shuttles from the Lake Louise Park and Ride (6 km east of Lake Louise village) to Moraine Lake, every Friday – Sunday (and Thanksgiving Monday) between September 18 – October 12, 2020, departing the Park and Ride every 20 minutes from 8 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. The final return bus from Moraine Lake to the Park and Ride is at 4:40 p.m.

Parking at Moraine Lake is extremely limited and fills quickly, especially through the fall larch viewing season. Shuttles offer the best chance to visit Moraine Lake this fall. Leave your car at the at the Park and Ride. Make the most of your visit to Banff National Park by using shuttles and transit.

Visitors should plan ahead and expect a different experience on shuttles from previous years. Safety is our top priority and precautions will be put in place to maintain physical distancing at the Lake Louise Park and Ride.

For information on transit services offered from the Town of Banff to Johnston Canyon and Lake Minnewanka, visit Getting around Banff or Roam Public Transit.

Transit routes and schedules

Roam Public Transit: Service between Banff and Lake Louise area
Banff to Lake Louise Lakeshore: Daily service

Roam Route 8X
Banff to Lake Louise Lakeshore via Lake Louise Village
Daily year round service.

 
Banff to Moraine Lake: Daily service

Roam Route 10
Banff High School Transit Hubto Moraine Lake Lakeshore(stops in Lake Louise Village Monday - Thursday only)
Daily service September 14, 2020 - October 12, 2020

 

For more information on schedules and fares, visit Roam Public Transit

Parks Canada Shuttles

*NEW IN FALL 2020* Parks Canada is pleased to work with Roam Public Transit to offer shuttles from the Lake Louise Park and Ride (6 km east of Lake Louise village) to Moraine Lake, every Friday – Sunday (and Thanksgiving Monday) between September 18 – October 12, 2020. Expect traffic congestion in Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, especially on weekends and sunny days. Visitors need to plan ahead, arrive with extra time, patience, and have back-up areas to visit.

Lake Louise Village and Lakeshore

There is no shuttle access from the Park and Ride to Lake Louise Village or Lake Louise Lakeshore in the 2020 season. Information for the 2021 Parks Canada shuttles will be updated when it becomes available.

Moraine Lake

Shuttles will be available between the Lake Louise Park and Ride and Moraine Lake. Shuttles run every Friday – Sunday (and Thanksgiving Monday) September 18 – October 12, 2020. Moraine Lake road is open from mid-May to mid-October and closed in winter. Parking is extremely limited and fills quickly, especially through the fall larch viewing season.

Schedule: Shuttles will run every Friday – Sunday (and Thanksgiving Monday) from September 18 – October 12, 2020. Shuttles depart the Park and Ride every 20 minutes from 8 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. The final return bus from Moraine Lake to the Park and Ride is at 4:40 p.m.

Shuttles are first come, first served. No reservations. Tickets can only be purchased at the Park and Ride; they are not available at Moraine Lake. To help prevent the spread of COVID, contactless payment is preferred (ie. credit or debit card tap).

Parks Canada Shuttle Fees

Pricing includes return:

  • Adult (18-64) - $10
  • Senior (65+) - $5
  • Youth (6-17) - $5
  • Child (under 6 years) – free

  • Visitors should plan ahead and expect a different experience on shuttles from previous years.
  • Masks are required for all shuttle riders, and when physical distancing of 2 m cannot be maintained at the Park and Ride.
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    Attention drivers

    Vehicles are only permitted on the 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. Shuttles run every Friday – Sunday (and Thanksgiving Monday) September 18 – October 12, 2020.

    Expect traffic congestion in Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, especially on weekends and sunny days. Visitors need to plan ahead, arrive with extra time, patience, and have back-up areas to visit. During peak periods, visitors should be prepared that it may take 60-90 minutes to get a parking spot. There is no space in Lake Louise to wait for these parking spots.

    Private shuttles to Moraine Lake are also available for a fee. Inquire at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre for details or contact: pc.lakelouiseinfo-infolakelouise.pc@canada.ca or 403-522-3833.

    BanffNow: Real time information

    BanffNow provides up to date real time information to visitors for services and attractions including availability of parking, major traffic events, suggestions on places to visit and more. Plan ahead, stay informed and get the most out of your next trip to Banff National Park.

    Frequently asked questions

    In light of COVID-19, there is no shuttle access from the Park and Ride to Lake Louise Village or Lake Louise Lakeshore for the 2020 season. However, Parks Canada has teamed up with Roam Public Transit to offer shuttles to Moraine Lake every weekend from September 18 – October 12, 2020. Parks Canada is not taking reservations at this time - Shuttles are first come, first served. Tickets can only be purchased at the Park and Ride, they are not available at Moraine Lake.

    • Why is Parks Canada offering a shuttle now after cancelling all shuttles this season?

      Parks Canada is following the advice of public health officials and is gradually resuming services when it is safe to do so. Safety is our top priority.

      Following the Labour Day weekend, visitation to Banff National Park typically decreases overall but remains strong on weekends during larch season. Parks Canada worked with Roam Transit to offer visitors a safe option for visiting Moraine Lake during larch season. Parks Canada has offered larch season shuttles since 2013 and many visitors rely on this service to ensure they can safely access the Moraine Lake area.

      During the summer months, local and regional visitation to the Lake Louise area remained strong. Offering daily shuttles during this time would have allowed significantly more people to access the area, making it difficult to maintain physical distancing at the lakeshores.

      • What COVID-19 protocols will be in place?

        Now, more than ever, it is crucial to stay informed, plan ahead and ensure visitors are prepared for their visit to Banff National Park. Visitors should arrive prepared and expect a difference experience from what they may have had in the past.

        Every visit should start with a trip to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your visit to Banff National Park 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. While waiting in the Park and Ride to board a shuttle, visitors must maintain physical distancing and keep 2 m from other visitors. If physical distancing cannot be maintained while waiting, visitors are required to wear a mask. When riding the shuttle, visitors are required to wear a mask. Masks will be provided if visitors do not have their own.

        We need your help to keep our parks safe. When visiting national park 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 water, snacks, and hand sanitizer.

        • When can I make my reservation?

          For fall shuttles Parks Canada is not taking reservations at this time - Shuttles are first come, first served. No reservations. Tickets can only be purchased at the Park and Ride, they are not available at Moraine Lake

          Information for the 2021 Parks Canada shuttles will be updated when it becomes available.

        • Where are the locations to catch the shuttles?

          All Parks Canada shuttles to Moraine Lake originate at the Lake Louise Park and Ride lot, located 6 km east of Lake Louise Village. Shuttles and parking are first come, first served. No reservations. Tickets can only be purchased at the Park and Ride, they are not available at Moraine Lake.

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

        • Are the shuttles accessible?

          Yes, all Roam shuttles are accessible.

        • Can I bring my pet?

          As per Roam Public Transit guidelines, certified assistance animals are allowed on board at no charge. Owners of assistance animals should be prepared to show the animal's verification of training.

          Passenger pets are allowed on board at no charge. All pets must be crated in a secure and clean carrier designed and intended for the carrying of animals which is small enough to fit on the owner's lap.

          Passengers must hold onto the carrier at all times and are responsible for the safety of their pet. (If there is room on the bus, carriers may be placed beside you on the floor, but the carrier should not block the aisle or restrict passenger movement.)

          The pet must remain inside the carrier at all times.

          For more information visit Roam Public Transit.

        • Can I bring my bike?

          As per Roam Public Transit guidelines, bikes are permitted on the exterior bike racks at no additional charge. Maximum of three bikes per shuttle. Availability is first-come, first-served.

          For more information visit Roam Public Transit.

        • 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.