Parks Canada 2021 shuttles and paid parking

Beginning April 28, 2021, visitors must reserve their Parks Canada shuttle seat in advance to visit Lake Louise and Moraine Lake for the 2021 season.

Why is this happening?

As visitation to the Lake Louise Lakeshore and Moraine Lake increases, so does the risk to public safety. Visitor safety is of the utmost importance for all of us in destination, and the new shuttle reservation system will better manage traffic congestion, allow visitors to plan their trip in advance, and maintain emergency services access to these locations. Parking lots at Moraine Lake and the Lake Louise Lakeshore typically fill by sunrise during the summer and fall. A reservation on the Parks Canada shuttle is the only way to guarantee visitors ability to see both lakes in one day when visiting Banff National Park.

Beginning in 2021, to help encourage use of the shuttle service and offset the costs of traffic management and shuttles, Parks Canada is also bringing in paid parking as a two-year pilot for all public parking stalls at the Lake Louise Lakeshore upper parking lot. Parking rates will be $11.70 per vehicle per day.

What visitors need to know

Shuttle Schedule:

Route Name


Reservation Info



Frequency (approximate)

Lake Louise Shuttle

Park and Ride/ Lake Louise Lakeshore

Reservations required.

May 14 – Oct 11

8:00 a.m. –

6:20 p.m.

20 minutes

Moraine Lake Shuttle

Park and Ride/ Moraine Lake

Reservations required.

May 21 – Oct 11

8:10 a.m. –

5:30 p.m.

20 minutes

Earlybird Shuttle to Moraine Lake

Park and Ride/ Moraine Lake

Reservations Required

June 21 – Oct 11

6:00 a.m. –

8:00 a.m.

20 minutes

Lake Connector

Lake Louise/ Moraine Lake

Included with reservation, timing is first-come, first-served.

May 21 – Oct 11

9:00 a.m. –

6:00 p.m.

15 minutes

Village Connector

Campground/ Village/ Park and Ride

Free of charge, no reservations required.

May 21 – Oct 11

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

30 minutes

*Shuttle ticket includes use of the Lake Connector and return trip from either lake to the Park and Ride. Return buses from each lake run until 7:50 p.m.

Paid Parking

New in 2021, Parks Canada is implementing a two-year pilot with paid parking for all public stalls in the Lake Louise Lakeshore parking lot from mid-May – mid-October. This fee, along with fees collected from the shuttles, will go toward offsetting the cost of the visitor transportation and traffic management program. Rates will be $11.70 per vehicle per day.