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Banff Bear Bed And Breakfast Suite

A den in the mountains.

Getting around

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. There are six options open to visitors.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Starting in the summer of 2020 Parks Canada will be running a local shuttle up the access road 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
  • There is a service called the HopOnBanff. It goes up and down the Bow Valley Parkway stopping at Johnston Canyon,Lake Louise gondola, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Oh and it`s a great chance to see wildlife. Hosts are on board at all times to help you with the best schedule to fit your needs and give information on the stops. You are always guaranteed a seat (so long as you have booked for that date). There are limited seats so we recommend you book in advance - there is a 24hr cancellation policy in case your plans change. Please note that due to it`s flexibilty you should book in advance of your visit. We highly recommend it for a stress free visit.
  • 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 ).
  • Of course you could always take a taxi to the lakes.