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Friday May 12, 2017

Parks Canada is leading a coordinated approach to make it easier to visit Banff National Park car-free this summer. This summer, visitors can travel from Calgary to visit Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise and the Town of Banff all without a car.

Why?

New transit options will allow more visitors to experience Banff National Park while helping manage traffic and congestion during the summer season.

Transportation options for Banff National Park in summer 2017 include:

1. Calgary to Banff  
Working with Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) and other partners including the Town of Banff and the Town of Canmore, Banff National Park is piloting a weekend transit service from Calgary to the Town of Banff.

When:
 Saturdays, Sundays and long weekends, mid-June to early September 2017, 12 or 13 runs per day.

Cost: 
$10 one way

2. Banff to Lake Louise

There will be service between the Banff Train Station and the Village of Lake Louise. It will link with the shuttles provided within the Lake Louise area to the upper lake in the summer and to Moraine Lake in larch season.

When: Daily hourly service between May 19 and October 10

Cost: Free in 2017

3. Seasonal Lake Louise (May 19-Sept 10) and Moraine Lake (Sept 11- Oct 9) Shuttles 

This summer there will be a daily free shuttle service between the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot on the Trans Canada Highway, the Village of Lake Louise, and Upper Lake Louise. In the fall, the daily free shuttle service will run from the Overflow Campground parking lot to the Village of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

When: To Lake Louise: Daily from May 19 to September 10. Shuttles will leave the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be an additional stop across from the Husky gas station so visitors can access services in the village of Lake Louise.

To Moraine Lake: Daily from September 11 to October 9 in time for larch viewing season.

Cost: Free in 2017

4. Minnewanka Loop Road 

Having partnered with the Bow Valley Regional Transit Commission to offer a Roam public transit service from the Town of Banff to various locations along the Minnewanka Loop road, Parks Canada is augmenting that service with a shuttle. The shuttle will increase frequency using the same stops as the Roam service with a shuttle running in a clockwise direction around the loop. This route will link to all other Roam services within the Town of Banff and Canmore area.

When: Daily hourly service from May 19 to September 11

Cost: Free in 2017

5. Town of Banff 

Many activities, attractions and even national historic sites located in and around the town of Banff can now be accessed by bus.

Roam route #1

Runs from Banff Ave. up Sulphur Mountain to the historic Banff Upper Hot Springs and Sulphur Mountain Gondola.

When: Every 40 minutes, daily  

Cost: $2.00 per adult (13+), $1.00 per senior (65+) or child (6-12), children under 6 ride for free.

Roam route #2 

Runs from Tunnel Mountain Village 1 and Village 2 campgrounds to town centre and Banff Springs Hotel.

When:
 Daily when campgrounds are open, May 15 to October 2

Fare: 
Free for the downward ride (from campgrounds to Town) and regular Roam fare of $2.00 for return trip (from town to campgrounds)

Roam Route #4

Runs from the Train Station to Cave and Basin has been extended into the shoulder seasons.

When:
 Every 30 minutes, Friday to Sunday and holidays from April 19 to October 28

Cost:
 Fare is the regular Roam fare of $2.00 and it runs every 30 minutes.

All of these transit services combined will enable visitors to travel round trip from Calgary to iconic places in Banff National Park including the Town of Banff, Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake for a total, round trip cost of $20. Going car-free within the Town of Banff is also easy this summer. A $2 fare or $5 day pass will let you move between downtown Banff, Tunnel Mountain campgrounds, and the major local attractions including the Cave and Basin, the Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.

For more information, contact:
Lesley Matheson, Public Relations and Communications Officer
403-431-2325 (Lake Louise) or traffic@pc.gc.ca

Or visit:

http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/les10-top10/louise.aspx#parking

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