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Traffic Management Summer 2016

What's Happening?

In 2016 Parks Canada, in collaboration with businesses and organizations in the Bow Valley, will help improve the visitor experience in the Lake Louise area by providing:

  • Daily traffic flaggers to manage traffic flow at key intersections in the Village of Lake Louise and in the Upper Lake Louise parking lot between July and August and the September Long weekend (including holiday Monday)
  • A free shuttle on weekends and holidays from the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot to Upper Lake Louise from July 1st to September 5th .
  • A free shuttle during larch season the last three weekends of September from Lake Louise Overflow to Moraine Lake.


Promotion about the free shuttle and traffic flaggers will occur on social media, the Banff National Park website, at gates, mobile gates, and visitor centres, signs, posters and tent cards Banff Lake Louise Tourism, local businesses, starting the last week of June. A news release and an invitation to the media for interviews are also occurring

We need help from you!

Local stakeholders in the Lake Louise area play a critical role in setting expectations for visitors and guests. We ask that stakeholders, especially those located along Lake Louise Drive, are communicating with guests to ensure that they are well prepared for their visit this summer.

New! Traffic Flaggers

Standish Towing will be responsible for providing traffic flagger in the village of Lake Louise, Upper Lake Louise parking lots, and the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot in July, August and September 2016 and will be identifiable by their fluorescent yellow uniforms.

Flaggers will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily with additional capacity on weekends.

New! Shuttle to Lake Louise

Building on three years of success running the Moraine Lake shuttle, in 2016, Parks Canada will provide a shuttle from Lake Louise Overflow Parking to Upper Lake Louise.

The shuttle will operate on weekends and holidays between July 1 and September 5, 2016. Trips from the Lake Louise Overflow parking start at 9:00 am and run every 15 minutes. The last shuttle from Overflow Parking will leave at 4:00 pm. This will ensure all visitors to Upper Lake Louise will get back to Overflow. The last shuttle out of Upper Lake Louise will be at 6: 00 pm. Visitors who miss the last shuttle are free to contact Mountain Park Transportation at 403-522-2525.

The shuttle schedule can be accessed at

The Moraine Lake Shuttle for Larch season will operate the last three weekends of September. More information to come in August.

New! Traffic Safety Protocols and Road Restrictions

A traffic plan exists for both Moraine Lake Road and Lake Louise Drive to manage higher traffic volumes and to allow access during emergencies. This plan is similar to what has operated on Moraine Lake Road for the last three years. When traffic volumes reach certain levels a restriction will be implemented. When this happens only emergency responders, staff, commercial deliveries or hotel guests will be allowed to access to Moraine Lake Road and Lake Louise Drive until congestion clears. Once congestion clears the restriction will be lifted.

Note: Hotel guests for accommodations on Moraine Lake Road and Lake Louise Drive may be asked to provide proof, such as a reservation, to gain access when the protocol is in effect.

Note: Moraine Lake Lodge generally implements a road restriction on Moraine Lake Road daily between 9 am and 4:30 during July, August, and September.

For More Information:

Alyssa Salloway
Product Development Officer
LLYK Field Unit

If Visitors or Guests Ask:

Between July 1- September 5th Lake Louise experiences peak visitation. Parks Canada recommends the following:

  • For a more intimate experience, Parks Canada recommends visitors enjoy a number of hidden gems in the area that are equally spectacular
  • We encourage visitors to consider visiting some of our most popular areas like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake early in the morning before 9:00 am or in the evening after 5:00 pm, outside of times during the day when visitation is high.
  • We recommend that visitors interested in going to Lake Louise use the free shuttle bus offered by Parks Canada at the Lake Louise overflow parking lot on weekends and holidays.
  • The Lake Louise overflow parking lot is located 50 km west of Banff and 5.5 km east of Lake Louise on the Trans-Canada Highway.
  • Visitors requiring disabled access to Lake Louise will be allowed to drive in their own vehicles. Pets and bicycles are not permitted on the bus.

For more details on the shuttle service, visit

Shuttle FAQ

What is the free shuttle to Lake Louise?

The free shuttle is a service offered by Parks Canada to get visitors from the Lake Louise overflow parking lot to Lake Louise. This service is designed to improve the visitor experience at Upper Lake Louise, where parking is limited.

Where do I catch the free Lake Louise shuttle?

Visitors can catch the shuttle from the Lake Louise overflow parking lot, which is approximately 5.5km east of Lake Louise and 50km west of Banff. To leave Upper Lake Louise, visitors can catch the shuttle in the Lake Louise Bus parking lot. Directional signage will help visitors locate the bus stop.

How often does the shuttle run?

The shuttle runs Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between July 1 and September 5, 2016. The shuttle leaves Lake Louise Overflow between 9 am and 4:00 pm and leaves Lake Louise between 10 am and 6:00 pm. The shuttle departs at 15-minute intervals.

Why isn’t there a shuttle to Moraine Lake?

Parks Canada is providing a shuttle to Moraine Lake during the last three weekends in September to help visitors access the area during the busy larch viewing season. There is no shuttle connecting Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

Can I bring my pet or bike on the shuttle?

Bikes and pets are not permitted on the bus. It’s recommended that visitors hoping to bring pets or bikes to the area arrive before 9 am and after 5 pm.

I’m a registered guest or commercial delivery driver- can I get up to Lake Louise or Moraine Lake?

Except in the case of an emergency or during Phase 3 of the Lake Louise Drive Protocol, hotel guests and commercial deliveries will be granted access to the road when it is restricted to visitors. Guests may be required to show proof, such as a reservation, to gain access to Lake Louise during a road restriction.

Parks Canada