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With limited parking, this day-use area gets exceptionally busy on weekends. Visitors may want to consider picnics at Upper Bankhead, Muleshoe, Valleyview or Fireside day-use areas. Roam Transit is available to some of these areas.
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
There is ample parking available here, but the lot can get busy between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Arrive early or take Roam Transit (Route 4), walk or bike. It is a 15- to 20-minute walk from downtown Banff. The nearby recreation grounds are a great spot for a picnic dinner.
Parking is limited. When P1 is full, park in P2 and enjoy a short walk along Johnston Creek to reach the Canyon trailhead. Both parking lots are often full between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., especially on weekends. Parking on the Bow Valley Parkway is prohibited. For the best experience arrive early or later in the day. Or take the shuttle from the Banff Train Station. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from the train station. You may also want to consider nearby Marble Canyon in Kootenay or the Inkpots hike via the Moose Meadows trailhead as alternatives.
Parks Canada shuttles run daily until September 9 between Banff and the village of Lake Louise, as well as through the Lake Louise region. You can also park at the Lake Louise Overflow lot (5.5 km east of the village) and take a shuttle to Upper Lake Louise or into the village. Lake Louise shuttles run every 15-minutes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., returning until 6 p.m. You can also visit the Lake Louise Summer Gondola and use the free shuttle from there to the Lake Louise Samson Mall or Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
On weekends, parking may be full between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so park at the convenient Minnewanka Park and Ride and take Roam Transit (free), a shuttle, or your bike to the lake.
- Go early. 8 a.m. is when it opens and is an ideal time.
- Evenings after 6 p.m. are also great. We have long summer nights, and you can take the gondola until 10 p.m. or soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs after a day of hiking or biking.