Parks Canada and Roam Transit Announce Increased Public Transit Options in Banff National Park
Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.
As we prepare for the busy visitor season in 2017, Parks Canada is deploying measures to offer the best possible visitor experience and is pleased to partner with Roam Transit to extend transit options to Lake Minnewanka.
As part of a two-year pilot, the service from the Town of Banff to Lake Minnewanka will be extended from the May long weekend to mid-September. Parks Canada is investing up to $870,000 over two years in this service as a means to promote eco-friendly behaviour, reduce traffic congestion and improve accessibility to a key area of the park.
In addition, Parks Canada is expanding the free Lake Louise Shuttle service. The shuttle to Upper Lake Louise from the Lake Louise Overflow will now run seven days a week from May 19 to September 10. The shuttle to Moraine Lake from the Lake Louise Overflow will also run seven days a week from September 11 to October 9. The shuttle service will have increased hours, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and running until 6:00 p.m., so day hikers can take advantage of the 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. shuttles.
Parks Canada is leading a coordinated approach with the Town of Banff, the community of Lake Louise, Banff Lake Louise Tourism and other stakeholders to manage the expected increase in visitation in 2017 and beyond. In addition to expanded transit and shuttle services, other key measures include:
- providing accurate, timely information to visitors before they arrive and during their stay to manage expectations and help them better plan their trips;
- expanding traffic management procedures, staff and flaggers during busy summer months;
- enhancing our web presence to inform visitors in real time about the state of congestion in popular visitor areas; and
- increasing law enforcement and prevention activities to address potential parking and congestions issues.
“In 2017, the Government of Canada is inviting Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. I am proud that Parks Canada is committed to protecting the ecological integrity of national parks while providing visitors with a memorable experience of our wonderful nature and heritage.”
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“Roam Transit is committed to creating transit services that enhance the experience of existing riders and attract new riders and visitors to the Bow Valley Region. We are pleased to be working with Parks Canada on this new service that will improve accessibility to a great location in Banff National Park, helping visitors connect with these incredible natural places.”
Chief Administrative Officer
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission
“This is great news. We are thrilled to have more routes to national park destinations on Roam public transit. When the Town of Banff launched Roam transit in 2008, we envisioned it as a national park experience for our visitors - it really is the best way to roam and explore the town, the national park and the Bow Valley, unfettered by traffic. We congratulate Parks Canada for introducing this service to Lake Minnewanka and making it even more convenient for residents and visitors to leave their vehicles at their hotels, homes and campsites and Roam Banff.”
Mayor of Banff
- Roam Transit currently caries over 750,000 passengers on an annual basis between Banff local, Canmore/Banff Regional and Canmore local transit services.