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Getting around

The below information is correct at the time of writing, in April 2021, Due to Covid-19, the situation is fluid and we will give current information upon request.

Each year Lake Louise and Moraine Lake become more popular. As a consequence when the car park becomes full (sometimes at dawn) the access road is closed by Parks Canada. This means that there are limited options to see some of the most iconic views of the Rockies.

This year Parks Canada are introducing paid parking at Lake Louise.

There are several options open to visitors.

  1. The first is just to risk driving to the access road to see if you will be permitted to drive up. This can be immensely frustrating if you wait on the road for a long time only to get to the car park and be turned away.
  2. Another option is to take the Roam Transit from Banff - the downside is that this is a first come first served transit system, meaning that you are not guaranteed availability there or back.
  3. A new option for 2021 (starting May 21st) is to take the Roam Transit Lake Louise Scenic Route from Banff - The service runs from the town of Banff, along the Bow Valley Parkway ending at the Lake Louise Lakeshore. Other stops include Johnston Canyon Campground, Castle Mountain Campground and Protection Mountain Campground..
  4. From May 21st, Parks Canada will be running a local shuttle up the access road, to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, on a much more frequent basis. Reservations for seats on the Parks Canada shuttles to Lake Louise lake shore and Moraine Lake shuttles will be required for the entire operating season of mid-May to mid-October. All reservations will originate at the Park and Ride, located 6 km east of Lake Louise Village. Shuttles will go to either Lake Louise or Moraine Lake, based on the primary selected reservation. The Lake Connector will take visitors with a reservation between Lake Louise lake shore and Moraine Lake, if desired, at no additional cost. The Park and Ride connector will loop visitors between Lake Louise Village, the Lake Louise Campground, and the Park and Ride. IMPORTANT. A reservation will be required to board. For more information visit Parks Canada Shuttle
  5. E-bikes are an excellent way to get around but supply is limited (compared to demand) and we highly recommend that you consider this option as it gives you the freedom to come and go at will, without lining up for buses. If you do opt for renting an e-bike then you should plan ahead and book online.
      If you rent an e-bike in Lake Louise village you can park for free and get about more easily.
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  6. In addition at the Lake Louise Ski Hill, on the opposite side of the valley to Lake Louise itself, there is a summer gondola attraction (https://www.lakelouisegondola.com/ ). This gives the opportunity to see Grizzly bears and there is free car parking and a free shuttles to Lake Louise, but not Moraine Lake, and shuttles to and from Banff (https://www.lakelouisegondola.com/plenty-of-free-parking-lake-louise.php ).
  7. Of course you could always take a taxi to the lakes.