New paid parking at Lake Louise hopes to ease congestion

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Summer is quickly approaching in Banff National Park and so is the anticipated heavy local and regional traffic to the area.

Park Canada announced last week visitors will have to pay for parking as part of a two-year pilot project from mid-May to mid-October to help ease congestion this year.

This will include a reservation-only shuttle service and the implementation of paid parking at the Lake Louise Lakeshore costing a flat rate of $11.70 per vehicle per day.

“Visitors are advised to plan ahead by reserving their shuttle seat in advance at . Reservations are required for a seat on a Parks Canada shuttle to Lake Louise or Moraine Lake and are the only way to guarantee visitors will see both lakes,” said James Eastham, Public Relations and Communications Officer with Lake Louise in an email.

Parking will be limited at both lakes and it is difficult to find parking in a personal vehicle. ROAM Transit continues to operate buses between Lake Louise and the Town of Banff, full details can be found at


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Parks Canada’s Lake Louise and Moraine Lake shuttle bus reservations will be available on the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) beginning April 28, 2021. Additional available seats may be released starting 48 hours prior to departure.

Visitors can book a seat within a one-hour window, rather than an exact departure time. This will allow for greater flexibility in allowing buses to depart while adapting the number of riders to meet COVID-19 guidelines and increase ability to physically distance.

Buses will continue to depart on  schedule, but visitors will have the ability to arrive at the “Park and Ride” at any point within their pre-reserved, one-hour time slot.

A single reservation provides service to both Lake Louise Lakeshore and Moraine Lake, and returns to the Park and Ride. Visitors will be issued a proof of purchase that allows them to access a Lake Connector shuttle between Lake Louise Lakeshore and Moraine Lake.

The Lake Connector will run every 15 minutes and boarding is on a first-come first-served basis. Reserving a seat on a Parks Canada shuttle guarantees the ability to see both iconic destinations in one day.

It was advised by Parks Canada that line ups will be expected for the Lake Connector and the return bus to the Park and Ride.

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