ATTENTION: Canada Day long weekend in Banff National Park: Please plan ahead before visiting the park. 

Expect traffic congestion in the Lake Louise area throughout the year. Parking is extremely limited at the Lake Louise Lakeshore and finding a parking spot can be challenging in any season. Taking transit is the best way to provide certainty in reaching your destination!

 Safety is our top priority and we continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines set by Provincial health authorities. Stay up to date by visiting the Banff National Park COVID-19 page.


Transit information

Travelling Within Lake Louise

Booking a seat on a Parks Canada shuttle is the best way to enjoy your visit! Two lakes – one ticket! Conveniently see both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with one ticket.

Shuttle reservations required
Book your seat using the Parks Canada Reservation System beginning May 4, 2022. A portion of seats will be released in a rolling window, 48 hours prior to departure day.

 Parks Canada Shuttle: Lake Louise Lakeshore

When: Daily from May 13 to October 10, 2022

Where: Direct from the Park and Ride, located at the Lake Louise Ski Area, 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.

Please Note: All shuttle passengers must leave their vehicle at the Park and Ride.  Visitors cannot park at the Lake Louise Lakeshore or Moraine Lake and board the shuttle service.  Parking at the Park and Ride is free.


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 5:40 pm.

    The final return bus from Lake Louise Lakeshore to the Park and Ride is at 7:30 pm.

 Parks Canada Shuttle: Moraine Lake

When: Daily from June 1 to October 10, 2022.

Where: Direct from the Park and Ride, located at the Lake Louise Ski Area, 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.

Please Note: All shuttle passengers must leave their vehicle at the Park and Ride.  Visitors cannot park at the Lake Louise Lakeshore or Moraine Lake and board the shuttle service.  Parking at the Park and Ride is free.


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 4:50 pm.

    The final return bus from Moraine Lake to the Park and Ride is at 7:30 pm.

    Early Bird Service - Beginning June 24 Moraine Lake service begins at 6:30 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 10, 2022.

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.

Please Note: All shuttle passengers must leave their vehicle at the Park and Ride.  Visitors cannot park at the Lake Louise Lakeshore or Moraine Lake and board the shuttle service.  Parking at the Park and Ride is free.

New in 2022 – Free access to the Parks Canada Lake Connector shuttle with a Roam Transit Super Pass! With the purchase of a Roam Transit Super Pass, visitors will receive free access to the Parks Canada Lake Connector shuttle from the Lake Louise Lakeshore or Moraine Lake.  Show a valid Roam Super Pass to Parks Canada staff at Lake Louise or Moraine Lake to receive your Parks Canada boarding pass.  For more information, visit Roam Transit.

  • 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 9:10 am and 6 pm.

 Parks Canada Shuttle: Park and Ride Connector

When: Daily service May 20 to October 10, 2022.

Where: Loops between the Lake Louise Campground, the village of Lake Louise (Samson Mall) and the Lake Louise Park and Ride located at the Lake Louise Ski Area.

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 located at the Lake Louise Ski Area.

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

  • Service frequency

    Every 30 minutes between 8 am and 7:30 pm.

Parks Canada Shuttle: Map
Frequently asked questions
  • Are walk-up tickets available for the Parks Canada shuttle?

    Walk-up tickets are available at the Park and Ride but it is highly recommended that you plan ahead and reserve your shuttle ticket in advance. When space is available, Parks Canada staff at the Park and Ride will assist visitors with the reservation process on site.

    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 May 4, 2022. 50% of the entire operating season (mid-May to mid-October) will be available as of May 4, 2022. 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!

  • 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 at the Lake Louise Ski Area.

    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.

    Please arrive at the Lake Louise Park and Ride, located at the Lake Louise Ski Area, 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 shuttle. Your ticket also includes return shuttle service from either lake back to the Park and Ride when you are ready.

  • Are the shuttles accessible?

    At this time, Parks Canada shuttle buses have limited accessibility. Roam public transit buses are wheelchair accessible, and visitors can take Roam Route 8X to Lake Louise or Roam Route 10 to Moraine Lake in the fall. Vehicles travelling with a blue hang tag will always be granted access to the parking lots. Visitors are advised to clearly display the blue hang tag for traffic control personnel to see.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    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.

  • Can I bring my bike?

    Bikes are allowed when space permits.  Be aware that the owner takes responsibility for any damages that may occur during their travels.

    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 can be used to travel from the town of Banff to Lake Louise.

New in 2022 – Free access to the Parks Canada Lake Connector shuttle with a Roam Transit Super Pass!
With the purchase of a Roam Transit Super Pass, visitors will receive free access to the Parks Canada Lake Connector shuttle from the Lake Louise Lakeshore or Moraine Lake.  Show a valid Roam Super Pass to Parks Canada staff at Lake Louise or Moraine Lake to receive your Parks Canada boarding pass.  For more information, visit Roam Transit.

 Roam Route 8X: Lake Louise Express

When: Daily between May 20 – September 18, 2022

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

Service Frequency: 16 departures daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

Visit Roam Transit for reservations, schedules and information.

 Roam Route 8S: Lake Louise Scenic

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday service between July 1 – August 31, 2022

Where: Service from the town of Banff to 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

Service Frequency: 3 departures daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Visit Roam Transit for reservations, schedules and information.

 Roam Route 10: Moraine Louise Express

When: Daily between September 19 – October 10, 2022

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


Fares
Adult (18 – 64 years) $10
Senior (65+ years) $5
Youth (13 – 17 years) $5
Child (0 – 12 years) Free

Service Frequency: 7 departures daily from 6:30 am to 4 pm

Visit Roam Transit for reservations, schedules and information.

 

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


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Parking information

Parking is extremely limited at the Lake Louise Lakeshore and finding a parking spot can be challenging in any season. When Parking has filled, 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.

Paid parking at Lake Louise Lakeshore
Paid parking will be in effect at Lake Louise Lakeshore during the shuttle operational season, from May 13 to October 10, 2022.

Lake Louise Lakeshore

The lakeshore parking lot fills quickly and stays full throughout daylight hours. During peak periods you will likely not be able to find 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 May 13 to October 10, 2022. 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. The fee is $12.25/ vehicle/ day.

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 May 13 to October 10, 2022, 7 am to 7 pm.

  • Who is required to pay for parking at Lake Louise Lakeshore?

    All public vehicles, including motorcycles and RV are required to pay for parking if parked at Lake Louise Lakeshore. Commercial vehicles with a valid Parks Canada business license are not required to pay for parking at this time.

  • Where is paid parking required?

    Paid parking is required at the Lake Louise Lakeshore day use area, in all public stalls.

  • What is the pay parking fee?

    $12.25 per vehicle per day

    For more information on fees, visit Fees

  • How do I pay for my parking permit?

    Parking permits can only be purchased at the Lake Louise Lakeshore. Parking machines are located in both the lower and upper parking lots.

    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.

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

    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 must pay for parking at Lake Louise Lakeshore. The cost is not included in your national park admission or Discovery Pass.

    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 and are used in the management of the Lake Louise area.

    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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