Banff National Park welcomes recreational vehicle (RV) users. Here is a guide of how best to explore the park when you're visiting with your RV.
Essential Tips for RV users
- Use transit and shuttles to explore the park, so you can spend more time sightseeing and less time driving.
- Park your RV at your campsite or at designated RV lots, as marked.
- If driving through the Banff or Lake Louise townsites, park your vehicle before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. to avoid traffic congestion.
- Walk or bike the trails in Banff and Lake Louise, bicycles are available to rent at local shops.
Parking and Getting Around
There are several designated, long-term parking areas for RVs in Banff and Lake Louise.
- Leave your RV at Tunnel Mountain or Two Jack campground and start your adventure by hopping on transit. Registered campers enjoy free departures from campground - fares apply for all other rides.
- For quick access to Tunnel Mountain Campground and to avoid traffic, enter the Town of Banff using the Lake Minnewanka entrance from the Trans-Canada Highway.
- Avoid crossing the Bow River Bridge during peak afternoon hours from noon to 6 p.m. The easiest way to access attractions such as Banff Gondola, Cave and Basin, Bow Falls, Banff Upper Hot Springs, is to take transit.
- Explore as much as you want with Roam Transit's unlimited day pass - just $5 for adults, purchased right on the bus. Roam drops you off and picks you up at all of Banff's top attractions.
- Have a big day planned? Purchase a 1-Day Super Summer Pass and travel on any Roam route for $25 per adult.
- Visiting for the day? Park and Roam! Park in designated, long-term RV parking areas, and hop on a Roam bus. Check out banffparking.ca for more information.
- Gas stations at the corner of Lynx Street and Wolf Street are open 24 hours. Propane refill stations are only available in Canmore and Lake Louise.
- Roam Transit offers daily services between Banff and Lake Louise all year-round.
- Parking in Lake Louise is limited. Find RV parking in two locations: behind the Husky gas station in the village of Lake Louise or the Lake Louise Park and Ride (located on Highway 1, 5.5km east of the Lake Louise exit).
- Parking at Moraine Lake is extremely limited. Leave your RV behind and take a paid shuttle from the village, Lake Louise Park and Ride, or Lake Louise lakeshore to Moraine Lake. Parks Canada shuttles begin May 24 to October 14. Early Bird shuttles begin June 24 to September 29.
- If you are staying in the Lake Louise campground, leave your RV parked and use the free Lake Louise village and campground shuttle to access the village of Lake Louise.
- Reservations at Lake Louise Campground are highly recommended. Call 1-877-RESERVE to book your campsite.
Still have questions? Stop by a Visitor Centre and ask one of the friendly staff!